Shaoyang on track for greater con­nec­tiv­ity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HUMAN SPECIAL - By FENG ZHI­WEI and XU XIAO

Agri­cul­tural mod­ern­iza­tion and in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion are the twin prongs for ac­cel­er­ated de­vel­op­ment be­ing pro­moted by the city gov­ern­ment of Shaoyang.

Lo­cated in the cen­tral and south­east­ern part of Hu­nan, the city has the largest pop­u­la­tion in the prov­ince and has a sound in­dus­trial foun­da­tion, with im­prov­ing strength in agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, food pro­cess­ing, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, ma­chin­ery, met­al­lurgy, en­ergy, medicines, chem­i­cals, pa­per­mak­ing and tex­tiles.

In 2012, Shaoyang grew at a rate higher than the pro­vin­cial av­er­age in seven ma­jor eco­nomic in­dices, ac­cord­ing to Guo Guang­wen, Party chief of Shaoyang.

For in­stance, the re­gional gross do­mes­tic prod­uct in­creased 11.7 per­cent year-onyear to nearly 103 bil­lion yuan ($17 bil­lion) in 2012, com­pared with the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 11.3 per­cent.

In the first three quar­ters of 2013, Shaoyang’s re­gional GDP in­creased 10.2 per­cent to some 85 bil­lion yuan.

The city is pro­mot­ing the mod­ern­iza­tion of agri­cul­ture — its tra­di­tional in­dus­try, and is en­cour­ag­ing the use of new tech­nolo­gies for pro­duc­ing ce­re­als and cook­ing oils, dairy prod­ucts, fruits, med­i­cal herbs, to­bacco and other cash crops to achieve the com­pre­hen­sive mod­ern­iza­tion of agri­cul­ture, ac­cord­ing the gov­ern­ment of Shaoyang.

It is also ex­pand­ing the agri­cul­tural prod­uct pro­cess­ing in­dus­try.

So far, Shaoyang has 162 large agri­cul­tural prod­uct pro­cess­ing en­ter­prises, among which two are the na­tion’s lead­ing com­pa­nies and 31 are out­stand­ing en­ter­prises in the prov­ince.

Sev­eral brands in­clud­ing Kaik­oux­iao, Nan­shan and Huapeng are known na­tion­wide.

Im­prove­ment of in­fra­struc­ture has be­come another strong en­gine of lo­cal eco­nomic growth, the gov­ern­ment said.

To im­prove the city’s road net­work, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment has in­vested 200 mil­lion yuan to ren­o­vate and build 340 ur­ban roads and al­leys since last year.

At the end of 2012, Shaoyang had five ex­press­ways with to­tal length of 295 kilo­me­ters. In ad­di­tion, four ex­press­ways are now un­der con­struc­tion with to­tal length of 210 km. There are also plans for another six.

All the town­ships and 90 per­cent of the vil­lages have been con­nected with roads.

The Shang­hai- Kun­ming high- speed rail­way, which passes Shaoyang, is sched­uled to be op­er­a­tional next year. Then it will only take an hour to get from Shaoyang to Chang­sha, the cap­i­tal of Hu­nan prov­ince, two hours to get to Wuhan, three hours to Guangzhou, and four hours to Shang­hai.

Con­struc­tion be­gan ear­lier this year on the Wu­gang Air­port. And another air­port in Shaodong — which will be used for both civil­ian and mil­i­tary pur­poses — is planned.

As for wa­ter trans­porta­tion, the Zi­jiang River has been dredged and ports along the stream are be­ing built or ren­o­vated.

Gong Wenmi, mayor of Shaoyang, said Shaoyang is no longer a land­locked and un­der­de­vel­oped city. In­stead, the city is new with con­ve­nient trans­porta­tion net­works, whether on the land, in the air or along the rivers.

He added that the gov­ern­ment has al­ready out­lined a long-term de­vel­op­ment plan, aim­ing to turn the city into an im­por­tant trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics hub con­nect­ing Hu­nan with neigh­bor­ing re­gions like Guangxi. Con­tact the writ­ers through fengzhi­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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Driven by the de­mand from lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion and strong growth in the do­mes­tic mar­ket, Sany Hu­nan Au­to­mo­biles based in Shaoyang has ex­panded its ca­pac­ity to 20,000 con­crete mix­ers and 30,000 heavy-duty trucks this year.

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