Last year's "Policy Address" proposed the "Northern Metropolis" plan. Lingnan University's Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute released the results of a study on the northern metropolitan area today (18th), saying that people are most concerned about traffic congestion and long waiting times for medical care. , the study suggests that the government should solve the problem of job-housing imbalance, provide diversified employment opportunities in the area based on the development principle of "innovation and technology as the mainstay, and diversified industries as the subordinate", and increase services for Chinese and Hong Kong residents through the introduction of non-local training medical care. of private hospitals to address the needs.
The Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Development Association, the Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute of Lingnan University, and Zhou Wengang, the deputy director of the research institute, who is also a member of the Legislative Council, released a research report on the northern metropolitan area.
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The Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Development Association, the Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute of Lingnan University, together with Zhou Wengang, the deputy director of the Institute, who is also a member of the Legislative Council, published "Transportation infrastructure, housing, medical care, and regional facilities in the northern metropolitan area under the general trend of Shenzhen-Hong Kong cooperation." and a research report on economic development that is conducive to employment in the original area.
At the end of September last year, the research team interviewed 1,013 local residents aged 18 or above who lived in five districts including Tin Shui Wai, Sheung Shui and Fanling through street sampling.
Four major concerns: traffic jams during peak hours, long queues for public medical care, aging facilities and return of parallel buyers
The survey results show that the respondents are generally most concerned about issues such as transportation, medical care, and districts. Among them, "the traffic is too crowded during peak hours" (23.8%) and "the waiting time for public medical services is too long" (22.1%) are their top concerns. The first two residential areas were the top two issues, followed by "deteriorating local facilities" (14.2%) and "parallel importers returning after customs clearance" (14%), with these four categories accounting for 70% of the total.
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20% of respondents expect to improve traffic to the city
In terms of what they most hope the government can improve, the respondents expect "improving traffic to urban areas" (20%) and "improving public healthcare" (19.1%). "Land and housing" (26.6%) received the most attention from respondents, while the remaining options included the epidemic (14.7%), customs clearance with the mainland (13.2%), and the economy (11.8%).
The research team proposes KPIs and sets up an advisory group to reach consensus with the affected residents
The research team believes that in order to cooperate with the development of the northern metropolitan area, the "Shenzhen-Hong Kong Cooperation - Planning (Liaison) Group for the Construction of the Northern Metropolitan Area" should be established under the "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Construction Leading Group", and objective key performance indicators should be formulated. (KPI) and the establishment of a public-private advisory group to reach consensus with the affected residents.
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In terms of specific suggestions, the team believes that the employment and economic development of the original area should be supported, and based on the principle of "innovation and technology as the mainstay, and diversified industries as the subordinates", while focusing on innovation and technology, it also actively promotes the development of various industries and provides diversified employment opportunities. ; The development should also be linked with Shenzhen's Qianhai Plan to achieve a win-win situation between the two places.
In response to the residents' concerns about medical needs in the region, the research team also believes that the government should embrace the mainland middle-class market and actively develop higher education and private medical service industries.
As for private medical care, the team suggested that non-local training of medical care should be used to develop private medical services that can serve local residents and meet the needs of the mainland market to help meet the needs of mid-to-high-end medical services in the Guangdong area.
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