The Community Studies team focuses on polls and research on public policy issues and review trends of public opinion. By conducting scientific and nonbiased surveys, the team offers analysis and recommendations to policy makers and the public.
The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is accorded the status of key strategic planning in the country's development blueprint. Meanwhile, recent studies also show that Hong Kong residents have an increased understanding about the GBA. In view of this, the OHKF Community Studies team published the first report in August 2021, entitled ‘Greater Bay Area Opportunities: Survey and Analytical Observations’, to better understand how Honkongers perceive and evaluate opportunities in the GBA.
The survey shows that most respondents recognised the business opportunities arising from the GBA. Most of the respondents agreed that the joint development of Hong Kong and the mainland cities in the GBA will help to diversify Hong Kong’s economy. Through engaging in the GBA’s development, Hong Kong can nurture more talent and explore emerging industries so as to create new ‘growth engines’.
In conclusion, the study shows that most Hong Kong residents are able to identify the potential of the GBA, and recognised the economic benefits brought by the co-development with other GBA cities. Therefore, when considering approaches in promoting the GBA, the Hong Kong Government should focus on policies that are more related to local residents. In such way, Hong Kong residents will be more willing to consider living in the GBA on the mainland.
Renee Ho, Lead, Community Studies