HK/Guangdong Urban Planning Forum held in Shenzhen

Officials from Hong Kong and the Guangdong Provisional authorities today (September 10) attended a Hong Kong/Guangdong Urban Planning Forum in Shenzhen to exchange views on various issues related to town planning, transport, environmental protection and conservation which are of mutual interest.


The Forum was co-hosted by the Hong Kong Planning and Lands Bureau and Guangdong Provincial Department of Construction.


During the gathering, relevant departments from Hong Kong and Guangdong had exchanged information and views on issues within the Pearl River Delta area relating to town planning, cross border transport, environmental protection and conservation. Both sides agreed to further strengthen their efforts in communication and cooperation.


Government departments of Hong Kong and Guangdong had in recent years been maintaining close contact for discussion and examination of mutually concerned issues. The Planning Department had initiated several meetings with the planning authorities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Dongguan to brief them on the "Hong Kong 2030 Planning Vision and Strategy Study".


Leading the Forum from the Hong Kong side was the Secretary for Planning and Lands, Mr John Tsang. Besides the Planning and Lands Bureau, representatives from nine other bureaux and departments including Transport Bureau; Housing Bureau; Central Policy Unit; Hong Kong/Guangdong Cooperation Coordination Unit; Transport Department; Highways Department; Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; Environmental Protection Department and Planning Department had also participated.


Led by the Deputy Director of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Construction, Mr Fang Qingfang, other representatives from the Guangdong side included various planning authorities of the Pearl River Delta cities and Shenzhen Environmental Protection Bureau.


The Forum is one of the activities organised by the Town Planning Special Panel under the Hong Kong/Guangdong Joint Working Group on Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection.


End/Monday, September 10, 2001