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Smart City to Smart Region

Smart City has been a hot topic in Hong Kong for a couple of years. It is an all encompassing topic covering work, living, education, transportation, utilities, environment, to name a few. In March this year, China's National Development and Reform Council called for the development of the Pearl River Delta, including Hong Kong and Macau, a prototypical regional development. For the rest of this post, PRD includes HK and Macau.

Unlike regional developments in the US and Europe, Asia has most of the most populated mega-cities (population over 10 million). The total registered population of the PRD (incl HK and Macau) is about 60M and near 70M if temporary populations are included.