Tian­jin ‘green city’ plans tak­ing shape

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By BAOWANX­IAN and LI XIANG in Tian­jin

Tian­jin took a ma­jor step in green city plans by sign­ing agree­ments for 13 projects in cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­tries, fi­nan­cial ser­vices and new en­ergy man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors on Tues­day.

The projects, in­volv­ing a to­tal in­vest­ment of about 21.64 bil­lion yuan ($3.46 bil­lion), are ex­pected to come up in the Sino-Sin­ga­pore Tian­jin Eco-City, and in­clude the deal with Chi­nese on­line search en­gine ma­jor Baidu Inc for the largest lit­er­ary work plat­form in China and an­other for an on­line game op­er­at­ing cen­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing signed by Tian­jin Bin­hai New Area and Canada Nat­u­ral Re­sources last year, the two coun­tries will join hands to build a low car­bon and eco­log­i­cal demon­stra­tion dis­trict in the Tian­jin Eco-City, near the up­com­ing Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum and the Tian­jin Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­ter, cov­er­ing 2 square kilo­me­ters, and with a to­tal in­vest­ment of about 10 bil­lion yuan.

“Bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment, low op­er­at­ing costs and more busi­ness co­op­er­a­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties will help at­tract an in­creas­ing num­ber of en­ter­prises to the Tian­jin Eco-City,” said Yang Liu, direc­tor of the com­mer­cial bureau of the Sino-Sin­ga­pore Tian­jin EcoCity.

Dur­ing the past eight years, cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­tries have been the pil­lars for the Tian­jin Eco-City, with over 500 en­ter­prises op­er­at­ing here, in­clud­ing Huayi Brother­sMe­dia Corp and Think­ing­dom Me­dia Group Ltd. In 2014, cul­tural and cre­ative com­pa­nies paid taxes to­tal­ing 540 mil­lion yuan .

“We will try our best to widen the range of busi­nesses, from pub­lish­ing and film man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries to In­ter­net-re­lated ones,” Yang said.

Ac­cord­ing to Yang, un­der the in­te­grated devel­op­ment plan for Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei prov­ince, eight of the 13 projects that were signed with the Tian­jin Eco-City are from Bei­jing.

“In the com­ing years, we will build three cen­ters in the Eco-City, in­clud­ing a pub­lish­ing in­dus­try cen­ter, a film man­u­fac­tur­ing base and an industrial de­sign cen­ter, to at­tract more cul­tural and cre­ative com­pa­nies,” he said.

The Tian­jin Eco-City will also set up a dig­i­tal ad­min­is­tra­tive ap­proval plat­form for in­vestors.

“Cus­tomers can use their iPad to fin­ish all the ap­pli­ca­tion work,” Yang said.

Kelvin Zhang, the group fi­nance direc­tor of BlueFo­cus Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Group, said: “In re­cent years, we have seen an in­creas­ing num­ber of clients set­ting up ven­tures in the Tian­jin EcoCity. To seek deeper co­op­er­a­tion and sup­ply bet­ter ser­vices for them, we will build two new com­pa­nies here with over 3,000 em­ploy­ees next year.”

More­over, bet­ter living con­di­tions, busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, and ser­vice plat­forms are also ma­jor at­trac­tions for BlueFo­cus and other cul­tural and cre­ative com­pa­nies to in­vest in the Tian­jin Eco-City, Zhang said.

Xiao Jincheng, pro­fes­sor of the In­sti­tute of Spe­cial Plan­ning and Re­gional Econ­omy un­der the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, said: “Un­der the na­tional strat­egy of in­te­grated devel­op­ment among Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei prov­inces, Tian­jin and He­bei should strive to cre­ate a bet­ter in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment and ac­tively pro­mote more busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­ter­prises, to at­tract com­pa­nies from Bei­jing.” Con­tact the writ­ers at baowanx­ian@china daily.com.cn and lix­i­ang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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