The Central Government supports the integration of Hong Kong and Macao into its plans for National Development. This shows that the Central Government supports providing HKSAR residents with full National Treatment on par with our Mainland compatriots.
After visiting Guangdong province and asking them to implement equal treatment for HKSAR residents with our Mainland compatriots there, the DAB proposed many suggestions on this issue in the NPC & CPPCC meetings in Beijing and hope to bring good news on this front as soon as possible.
The State Council of the PRC mentioned in its 2018 work report “… to support the integration of Hong Kong and Macao into our plans for National Development and to strengthen the cooperation and communication between the Mainland and the HK and Macao SARs”. We can see that the Central Government supports providing full National Treatment to HKSAR residents on par with our Mainland compatriots. Earlier the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office announced 31 measures for Taiwan that covered economic, employment and cultural issues. The 13th measure mentioned that Taiwan compatriots can apply to participate in 53 professional qualifications exams and 81 practical qualifications exams. These measures can provide a reference for such measures related to Hong Kong. Also, we will continue to set up more co-operation zones for Hong Kong businesses to cooperate with Mainland ones and encourage Hong Kong investment in the Belt and Road Initiative and develop new markets.
To receive National Treatment on par with our Mainland Compatriots is the hope of many Hong Kong people. The DAB must continue to wholeheartedly strive for this with the Central Government while strengthening our cooperation with the HKSAR government to broaden the space for Hong Kong people to do business in, study, work in and hold cultural exchanges with the Mainland.