The Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Mrs Carrie Lam, and the Executive Vice Mayor of the Shenzhen Municipal Government, Mr Xu Qin, convened the fourth meeting of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Joint Task Force on Boundary District Development in Hong Kong today (November 23).
The Joint Task Force noted the progress reports submitted by the three working groups on the development of the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and Lok Ma Chau Loop, and deliberated on the work plan. Both sides are satisfied with the substantial progress made on the two projects.
The Hong Kong and the Shenzhen authorities have exchanged views on the work schedule of the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point project, the mode of co-operation of work projects linking Hong Kong and Shenzhen and preparation for the design competition for the passenger terminal building. According to the current work plan, the Boundary Control Point will be opened not later than 2018.
The Planning and Engineering Study on Development of Lok Ma Chau Loop officially commenced in the middle of this year. Based on the initial view of the Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities that higher education could be the leading use in the Loop, and complemented with high-tech research and development facilities, as well as cultural and creative industries, the Task Force considered that the Lok Ma Chau Loop should be developed along the principle of sustainable development to build up an area for fostering cross-boundary talent and exchange of knowledge and technology. The Study Consultant will formulate the draft development plan for Lok Ma Chau Loop based on the above principle. It is scheduled that members of the public in Hong Kong and Shenzhen will be consulted in the first half of 2010.
Ends/Monday, November 23, 2009
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