HKUST PPOL Newsletter Spring 2023

30 slopes, that the policymakers should give a second thought on which areas should be protected vs. which are developed when concerning the country park land. She also touched on the issue of small houses, the gold course controversy, and the quantityled vs quality-led issue regarding Northern Metropolis Development Strategy. Taking that Hong Kong’s population growth fell and even became negative since 2020, and Shenzhen’s GDP has become more or less the same as Hong Kong’s, Prof. Loh recommended Hong Kong policymakers rescale the perspective by not just looking at Hong Kong as a small unit but by imagining other possibilities and scenarios that Hong Kong can embrace through regional collaboration in the Greater Bay Area, such as learning from the solutions of Singapore and Shanghai to move their container ports further outward. In the final section, all speakers agreed that the planning parameters in the future should not be confined to Hong Kong but Hong Kong within the Greater Bay Area region. The government should also consider other factors while planning. Still, due to One Country, Two Systems, policymakers should not assume Hong Kong would be entirely the same as the mainland in terms of mobility, the flow of people, and institutional arrangements. Nevertheless, the new parameters would give us a new way of thinking. Public Policy Dialogue Series