Quality of life crucial, say local government officials
The authorities of an airportbased pilot economic zone in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China’s Henan province, are striving to improve not only business, but also local people’s lives.
“Since its establishment last June, we have been endeavoring to expand social security and improve infrastructure,” said Zhang Yanming, director of the administrative committee of the Zhengzhou Comprehensive Experimental Zone for Airport-based Economy.
Statistics from the committee show that nearly 20,000 farmers whose land was acquired to develop the zone are receiving their subsidies while the rural medical system covers almost all 250,000 residents in the zone.
Zhang said the committee is also forming a first aid system that will enable any resident in the zone to receive treatment in 15 minutes.
In addition, a system has been introduced to offer free checkups to newborns and provide vaccines to prevent hepatitis and other infectious diseases, according to the committee.
Construction on a new hospital and a disease prevention center is also under way.
As well, the committee is creating employment and offering schooling for those living in the zone, said Zhang.
Some 361 new jobs were created in the second half of 2013 while 420 residents were trained to start their own businesses.
A total of 230 million yuan ($37.4 million) was spent building and renovating 49 kindergartens and schools. Now the zone has 32 kindergartens and 79 primary and middle schools.
The province’s first association of cultural industries was founded in the zone last June. Since then it has offered more choices for people to spend their leisure time.
An entertainment complex called Wojin started business last November, offering a place where residents can go to watch movies, play video games and sing karaoke.
In addition, there are seven bookstores and 60 Internet cafes where residents can have access to the Internet.
Since its establishment last June, we have been endeavoring to expand social security and improve infrastructure.” ZHANG YANMING ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE DIRECTOR
Local residents have organized some 40 troupes and bands to offer performances. More than 500 films and operas staged last year attracted a combined audience of about 200,000 people.
Zhang said the committee will continue to work hard to create a better life for people in the zone.
According to the plan, parklands will cover 4.3 million square kilometers and a 165 km green corridor will be planted along rivers this year.
It also plans to add nine parks, four community hospitals, nine reading rooms, and expand its public transport system in the year.
As well, 10 schools are under construction, and another 15, as well as five kindergartens, have been planned.
The committee has also set a goal of helping raise local resident’s annual disposable income by more than 10 percent from the previous year.