Earlier this year, Beijing set out its “innovation driven and reform led” vision for the Greater Bay Area (GBA), a network of nine cities in Guangdong, plus Hong Kong and Macao. However, in order to seize the opportunities opening up in the GBA, fresh and imaginative approaches will need to be taken to overcome the social policy and governance challenges of integrating the 11 cities. Stuart Gietel-Basten, Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, gave a keynote speech at the 6th International Conference of Social Policy and Governance Innovation and made some strategic suggestions. In his keynote speech, he set out some of the main demographic challenges faced by the GBA, such as an ageing population, a low fertility rate, and a mismatch between the qualifications of graduates and the skills required in the labour market. He noted that addressing these challenges would require innovative policy developments, as well as legal and regulatory changes, and shifts in personal attitudes.
Read the full article on WOWNews on 1 Nov 2019.