The integration of the city-region of the Pearl River Delta 珠江三角洲城市区域的一体化




Although known as ‘the factory of the world’, the labour intensive industry in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region has lost its edge. The region is rapidly transforming itself, and the integration of the region is part of this process. Through a review of the integration progress of the city-region of the PRD, this research note compares two attempts in regional integration made by Guangdong's provincial government, the ‘Modernization Plan for the PRD Economic Zone’ in the 1990s and the ‘Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the PRD’ in 2008. It shows that, in terms of the scope and extent of regional integration, the second attempt, with the important endorsement of central government, has proposed more comprehensive measures for implementation, and these measures seem to be speeding up the integration process in the PRD.