Greater Bay Area Focus

Why Greater Bay Area?

The Wealthiest Urban Clusters of China

The Greater Bay Area consists of the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province.

The Greater Bay Area (GBA) – a region in Southern China that comprises two Special Administrative Regions and nine municipalities in Guangdong Province covering a total area of 56,000 km2 with approx. 70 million population and an aggregate GDP of US$1.5 trillion at the end of 2017 – is an initiative that has great significance in China’s development blueprint.

The GBA blueprint was revealed in February 2019 and details the concepts of how to transform the eleven cities into a global economic powerhouse. The blueprint touches upon encouraging governments in Hong Kong, Macao, and Guangdong to strengthen communication and cooperation with each other, and promoting the idea of cross-border collaboration. Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen and Guangzhou would be the key cities and core engines in GBA to lead regional development and reform as well as the driving forces for innovation.

The development of the Greater Bay Area is accorded the status of key strategic planning in the country's development blueprint, having great significance in the country's implementation of innovation-driven development and commitment to reform and opening-up.

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Average GDP per capita more than double the China average

12% of China's GDP

2.6 times as big as New York Metropolitan Area

12th largest economic entity in the world

9 times as many people as in San Francisco Bay Area

Consumers spending almost 30% of their income on daily expenses

The consumer market expected to double by 2025

GBA Cities

hong kong
Hong Kong

Area: 1,110 Km2
Population: 7.47 million
GDP: US $346.59 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $46,325

Macao

Area: 33 Km2
Population: 0.68 million
GDP: US $24.33 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $35,714

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Shenzhen

Area: 1,997 Km2
Population: 17.56 million
GDP: US $401.17 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $22,846

guangzhou
Guangzhou

Area: 7,434 Km2
Population: 18.68 million
GDP: US $362.73 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $19,422

Zhuhai

Area: 1,736 Km2
Population: 2.44 million
GDP: US $50.48 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $20,693

Zhongshan

Area: 1,784 Km2
Population: 4.42 million
GDP: US $45.69 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $10,342

Dongguan

Area: 2,460 Km2
Population: 10.47 million
GDP: US $139.91 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $13,367

Foshan

Area: 3,798 Km2
Population: 9.50 million
GDP: US $156.82 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $16,509

Zhaoqin

Area: 14,891 Km2
Population: 4.11 million
GDP: US $33.51 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $8,147

Huizhou

Area: 11,347 Km2
Population: 6.04 million
GDP: US $61.21 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $10,129

Jiangmen

Area: 9,507 Km2
Population: 4.80 million
GDP: US $46.41 bn
Per-capita GDP: US $9,672

Source: Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong, Statistics and Census Service of Macao, the statistics bureaux of the relevant PRD cities, HKTDC

CW's Greater Bay Area Focus

For the past years, CW Group has been cultivating good relationship with government entities in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Zhuhai as well as collaborating with foreign chambers and working closely with our strategic partners in the GBA. We have developed a strong GBA presence with our headquarter in Hong Kong and our China offices strategically located in Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

As your trusted advisor, CW can assist your enterprise or business to set foot in the GBA via Hong Kong as a gateway to the Chinese market and conversely help Chinese companies in the GBA to go global with our extensive Mainland and International network.

With the ever-changing and complicated regulatory environment in China, our strategic partnership with Z&T Law Firm in Guangzhou provides legal consultancy services such as IP consultation, drafting business contracts, labor relations management and more. All in all, CW brings a one-stop solution to our clients and foreign enterprises planning to capture the tremendous opportunities introduced by the GBA Initiative.

Our China Consultancy Team (CCT), a team of multinational, multilingual and experienced professionals with accounting advisory and consulting capability, offers practical insights to help our clients make better judgement with their investment and expansion plan.

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A Tale of Integrated Development: Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Co-operation Zone

A Tale of Integrated Development: Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Co-operation Zone

Hong Kong and Shenzhen have joined hands to develop a preeminent global innovation and technology hub in the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Co-operation Zone (“Co-operation Zone”) at the Lok Ma Chau Loop.  A joint policy package has been introduced to promote collaboration and the “synergistic development” of the Co-operation Zone, setting out a wide array of funding schemes, support measures and resource-sharing initiatives available to qualified enterprises. 

RCEP: Opportunities for Overseas Companies and Harnessing them via the GBA and Hong Kong

RCEP: Opportunities for Overseas Companies and Harnessing them via the GBA and Hong Kong

Signed by 15 countries including China and 10 ASEAN member states in November 2020, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is the world’s biggest free trade agreement. Companies – whether they be local or foreign-invested – in the GBA stand to benefit hugely from the intensification of cooperation between China and the ASEAN region.

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