EU joins marine in­dus­try park plan

China Daily European Weekly - - Comment - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and the Euro­pean Union have be­gun joint work on an in­dus­try park in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong province, to boost their co­op­er­a­tion in the marine econ­omy.

Land recla­ma­tion for the China-EU Blue In­dus­try Park is un­der­way in Baoan district and is should be fin­ished around 2020. By 2025, it will be fully op­er­a­tional, ac­cord­ing to the Shen­zhen Ur­ban Plan­ning and De­sign In­sti­tute, which de­signed the 1-squarek­ilo­me­ter park.

The plan was an­nounced at the 2017 China-EU Blue In­dus­try Co­op­er­a­tion Forum, held on Dec 8 and 9. Hosted by China’s State Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the event was the first of its kind be­tween China and the EU, at­tract­ing nearly 300 Chi­nese of­fi­cials, ex­perts and com­pany ex­ec­u­tives as well as more than 60 EU rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The park is in­tended to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in marine in­dus­tries and im­prove sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal re­search on marine re­sources, said Zhang Zhan­hai, head of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Strate­gic Plan­ning and Marine Econ­omy De­part­ment. The pro­gram was ini­ti­ated by the Shen­zhen gov­ern­ment and has been en­dorsed by his ad­min­is­tra­tion and the EU’s Di­rec­torate-Gen­eral for Mar­itime Af­fairs and Fish­eries.

“The Euro­pean side will spread in­for­ma­tion on the park among Euro­pean en­ter­prises and re­search en­ti­ties in­volved in marine in­dus­tries and will also rec­om­mend suit­able part­ners to the park,” he said on the side­lines of the forum. “We hope it will at­tract com­pa­nies with high-value prod­ucts or ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies.”

Plans call for the demon­stra­tion pro­gram to take ad­van­tage of Europe’s ex­per­tise in high-end in­tel­li­gent marine equip­ment and Shen­zhen’s high-tech man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity to de­velop deep-sea sub­mersibles, seabed ro­bots and marine min­eral ex­ploita­tion de­vices for the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. It will also com­bine their know-how in new marine en­ergy, marine eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion and data­bases to strengthen their ca­pa­bil­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness in the global mar­ket.

Wang Hong, di­rec­tor of the State Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, says China and the EU have been mak­ing joint ef­forts in gov­er­nance, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and dis­as­ter preven­tion and re­lief in marine sec­tors. They have made a lot of progress in th­ese fields, he adds.

It was de­cided at the 19th Chi­naEU Sum­mit in Brussels in June that the two sides would strive to build a China-EU Blue Part­ner­ship.

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