Chief Executive Carrie Lam has rejected criticism that Hong Kong had very little role in the planning of the newly released blueprint for the Greater Bay Area development, saying her administration actively participated in the process.
Speaking before the weekly Executive Council meeting, the CE said the blueprint released by the mainland authorities on Monday includes many of the ideas put forward by the Hong Kong government.
She added that her administration had also taken in opinions from different sectors in Hong Kong, pointing out that she herself has attended 10 forums about the Bay Area over the past one and a half years.
Lam said the blueprint is only a guiding and directional framework, and it will be easier for people to understand its benefits once specific policies materialise.
The CE said the blueprint is a comprehensive plan for Hong Kong, Macau and nine mainland cities and everybody should study it so they can grasp the opportunities presented.