Qual­ity of life cru­cial, say lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cials

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By LI FUSHENG li­fusheng@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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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.

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