Linking the Greater Bay Area with Southeast Asia: Hong Kong Service Companies as the Bridge

HKUST IEMS Thought Leadership Brief No. 59


Joon Nak Choi

Can Hong Kong better connect two rising economic regions: the Mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and Southeast Asia? Several business and professional service groups propose that Hong Kong could leverage its professional services prowess to connect the GBA with the rest of the world. Some scholars and policymakers propose that Hong Kong could “…reprise its role as the gateway to Mainland China for burgeoning Southeast Asian companies and vice versa”, capitalizing upon expanding economic complementarities between the two regions as they grow larger and more sophisticated. Furthermore, they suggest that “Hong Kong is attractively positioned to do so because of its comparative advantages in finance, professional services, trade-related services (e.g., logistics), and real estate development”.

About the author

Joon Nak Choi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and an HKUST IEMS Faculty Associate. More >>

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