CHIEF Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (林鄭月娥) says Hongkongers will benefi t from a series of preferential policies designed to draw them towards living, working or studying in the Greater Bay Area (大灣區).
The new policies allow Hongkongers to purchase residential flats in the Greater Bay without limitations, Lam said after attending the third plenary meeting of the Leading Group for the Development of the Guangdong-
Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area in Beijing (北京). “Hong Kong residents will be exempted from the necessary proof of period of residence, study or employment, nor will they have to meet conditions on the payment of individual income tax and social security,” she said.
Children living with parents who have Hong Kong and Macau residency while working in the area will receive the same educational options as children of mainland residents, including pre-primary education and the option to participate in the senior secondary school entrance exam.
The group also agreed to allow the use of Hong Kong-registered drugs and common medical devices in designated Hong Kong-owned healthcare institutions in the Greater Bay.
Lam said Hong Kong permanent non-Chinese residents will be eligible for a visa or permission for residence with options of either two-year or five-year stays.
Electronic payment services in Hong Kong will also be available across the area, such as e-wallets, making it more convenient for Hongkongers travelling there.
(This article is published on the Junior Standard on 18 November 2019)
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