Yangtze eco­nomic region acts as tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion pow­er­house

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A re­port con­ducted by the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences found that the top 50 cities in the Yangtze River eco­nomic zone vary in the strength of their driv­ing force for tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and sug­gested ways for them to com­ple­ment each other.

The Yangtze River eco­nomic zone in­cludes nine prov­inces and two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties — Shang­hai and Chongqing — and its pop­u­la­tion ac­counts for more than 40 per­cent of the coun­try and the region’s GDP ac­counts for over a third of China’s fig­ure.

A na­tional de­vel­op­ment out­line for the region re­leased in Septem­ber said that it should lead the main­land’s in­no­va­tion-driven in­dus­trial trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing.

Shang­hai topped the re­port’s rank­ings with a to­tal score of 0.721.

Nan­jing came in sec­ond with a score of 0.576 and Chengdu took the third place with 0.430. Shang­hai far sur­passed Nan­jing in Jiangsu prov­ince, Wuhan in Hubei prov­ince, Hangzhou in Zhe­jiang, Suzhou in Jiangsu, Chang­sha in Hu­nan and Chengdu in Sichuan prov­ince — which brought up the re­main­ing top six other rank­ings in de­scend­ing or­der.

The cities in the re­port were scored with 31 de­tailed in­di­ca­tors in ar­eas in­clud­ing their to­tal in­vest­ments in tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion, tech­nol­ogy out­put and per­for­mance.

Among the rank­ings were the 13 cities with the low­est scores. They in­cluded Zunyi in Guizhou prov­ince and Huang­gang and Jingzhou in Hubei, with scores of around 0.1.

“Un­even de­vel­op­ment in the west region which lags be­hind the east part is an ob­vi­ous fac­tor,” said academy deputy di­rec­tor Wang Zhen.

“Gen­er­ally, there is ad­e­quate room for in­no­va­tion with cities that are not provin­cial cap­i­tals,” Wang added.

Wang said the main idea be­hind the rank­ings was to pro­vide sug­ges­tions, har­ness the ad­van­tages of the dif­fer­ent cities and in­no­vate in a co­op­er­a­tive way.

“For ex­am­ple, i nvest­ment i n tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion in Suz- hou is high but there’s a lack of com­pre­hen­sive na­tional-level research in­sti­tutes in the city,” Wang said.

‘Suzhou can co­op­er­ate more with provin­cial cap­i­tal cities, such as Wuhan and Nan­jing, that have such re­sources.”

Some ex­perts also urged prov­inces to de­velop towns spe­cial­iz­ing in tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion.

Xu Changle, deputy di­rec­tor of the Yangtze River eco­nomic zone research in­sti­tute in Nan­tong Univer­sity in Jiangsu, said that there were more than 9,000 towns along the region with a rich eco­nomic his­tory.

“The cities in the Yangtze River Delta have a stronger eco­nomic back­ground while the ones in the up­per and mid­dle reaches boast more natural re­sources,” Xu said.

“Most of them can find their unique po­si­tion­ing, com­bin­ing their natural en­dow­ments with a bur­geon­ing lo­cal in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment.”

Good ex­am­ples in­cluded Wuzhen, the town in Zhe­jiang prov­ince, which had estab­lished a name as a host of in­ter­net ex­pos, Xu added.

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