Agreements signed to enhance cooperation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong
Last Friday four agreements were signed between Shenzhen and Hong Kong that will enhance cooperation developing areas in Qianhai, cross border infrastructure construction, and legal services. Arbitration bodies of Hong Kong will now be allowed to set up services in the Qianhai area.
The two cities will be working together in preparing detailed proposals in the development if the Qianhai areas that will be submitted to the Central Government next year in hopes to seek the approval of the proposals as soon as possible. The Lok Ma Chau Loop is scheduled to be open on 2020, while construction of a new checkpoint in the Liantang area will start in 2013 and expected to be finish by 2018 as decribed in the agreements.
By 2012, both Hong Kong and Shenzhen governments will make efforts in finding ways to improve its residents livelihoods by launching more cooperative projects. In achieving this goal both sides have pledged to integrate the Shenzhen Tong Card and the Hong Kong Octopus card, plus continuing cooperation in both financial sectors.
The Shenzhen and Hong Kong observatories also signed deals that will allow Hong Kong observatory to provide knowledge and technology in forecasting, as well as arranging training for technical personnel of the Shenzhen Meteorological Bureau. Both observatories will share and develop a number of weather prediction techniques that will be used by both cities.
Both cities have also made agreements that will deal with the safety of imported foods and the improvement of services for cross border students and health care.