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Global Bay Area Cooperation and Development Forum kicks off in San Francisco

(People's Daily Online)    08:23, March 30, 2019

Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Wang Donghua gives a speech. (Photo/People's Daily Online)

People's Daily Online, March 29 (San Francisco) - Jointly launched by People’s Daily Online and People’s Daily Online West USA, the Global Bay Area Cooperation and Development Forum (GBAF), an international gathering aiming to deepen cooperation between bay areas, kicked off on March 29, 2019.

Attracting prominent leaders and experts from renowned metropolitan and bay areas worldwide, the grand event came after the successful establishment of China’s Guangdong-Hongkong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which has been hailed by many scholars and experts as the forth leading bay area in the world, following New York, San Francisco and Tokyo.

“China has set a goal of building the Greater Bay Area into one of the world’s leading bay areas. The current world-class bay areas can serve as a reference for the construction of China’s bay area,” said Luo Hua, Deputy Editor-in-chief of People’s Daily Online.

Echoing Luo, Wang Donghua, Consul General of China in San Francisco, noted the forum is a timely and necessary platform for bay areas to find a new path for their future development, as the global economy has been dampened by rising protectionism worldwide.

Luo Hua, Deputy Editor-in-chief of People's Daily Online gives a speech. (Photo/People's Daily Online)

“Globalization and increased open collaboration have led to the booming economic success of bay areas worldwide. International participation from talents and experts from all walks of life, as well as shared success, are the factors that have made this possible. Restricting the flow of technologies and talents will only lead to self-imposed isolation,” added the Consul General.

Steven Rockefeller Jr, chairman of PFC & SRJ culture, reiterated his belief in China’s Greater Bay Area, adding that Guangzhou has been the central city in South China since ancient times, and is a port that has connected China with the world for over two thousand years.

Steven Rockefeller Jr, chairman of PFC & SRJ culture addresses the forum. (Photo/People's Daily Online)

“I have high expectation for [China’s first bay area], as it is a region with the largest economic aggregate in China and is in the vanguard of China’s bay area economy,” he said.

The forum will also introduce a cooperation mechanism by establishing the Global Bay Areas Cooperation Council. The Council builds a platform for the exchange of resources among the global bay areas, thus creating a robust and dynamic global competition which will lead to synergistic development. 

(Photo/People's Daily Online)

Read more about GBAF: 

GBAF seeks global solutions: Chinese Consul General to SF

“The GBAF is a highly relevant one, as it provides us a platform to exchange experience on global bay areas development and seek solutions to problems we face,” Wang said during a speech at the forum. [Read more]

GBAF builds a cooperation and exchange platform for global bay areas: Luo Hua

Speaking at the forum, Deputy Editor-in-chief of People’s Daily Online Luo Hua said that it would be an opportunity for China to build the Greater Bay Area into one of the world’s leading bay areas by learning from the best. [Read more]

Tackling urban development challenges in the bay area: Panel

Figures indicate that in the US, people spend an average of 80 hours per year commuting to work, and Mauvais says that a significant problem for bay area companies is to figure out how to give more time back to their workers. [Read more]

Jim Wunderman: Bay Area Council driven by the vision to coordinate regional development

Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, discussed the role of non- governmental agencies in economic advancement at the Global Bay Area Cooperation and Development Forum on March 29, 2019. [Read more]

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims for diverse and comprehensive development: expert

Instead of focusing only on finance or tech innovation, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will follow the path of diverse and comprehensive development, said Wang Jun, president of the Academy of Greater Bay Area Studies. [Read more]

US officials react positively to the GBAF

“I commend you for your commitment to unite the bay areas of the world for partnership and economic development,” noted Eleni Kounalakis, lieutenant governor of California in her letter to People’s Daily Online, the organizer of GBAF. [Read more]

Highlights of remarks by participants of GBAF

"I have high expectations for [China’s first bay area], as it is a region with the largest economic aggregate in China and is in the vanguard of China’s bay area economy," said Steven Rockefeller Jr, Chairman of PFC & SRJ culture. [Read more]

 

 

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