Lei Wai Nong, the finance secretary, says goods transported from Macao to Hengqin will be exempt from taxes for the rest of the year.
Addressing some 300 delegates, Lei said Hengqin – earmarked as an “in-depth” economic cooperation zone between Macao and Guangdong – had achieved “remarkably good results”, recording a 3.8 percent increase in its GDP to 10.91 billion renminbi for the first quarter of the year.
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He added that Hengin’s progress in developing new industries such as technology, finance and healthcare had helped Macao to diversify economically.
After yesterday’s event, held at the Hyatt Regency Hengqin, delegates toured the Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Industrial Park, home to 60 enterprises from Macau.
Last month, officials in Hengqin announced special income tax rates for qualified mainland Chinese and international professionals, saying they wanted to attract talent in the areas of scientific research and development, technology, high-end manufacturing, finance and more.