Chengdu nears ‘fully de­vel­oped’ phase

Pref­er­en­tial poli­cies for pro­fes­sion­als, re­dis­tri­bu­tion of liv­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing ar­eas ad­dress un­even growth

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - ADVERTORIAL - By SONG MENGXING song­mengx­ing@chi­nadaily. com.cn

City func­tions and in­dus­trial sup­port are key for Chengdu to es­tab­lish it­self as a na­tional hub city, lo­cal of­fi­cials said.

An in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment con­fer­ence that dis­cussed the na­ture of such a city was held in Chengdu, cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Sichuan province, ear­lier this month.

The city put for­ward a pack­age of new poli­cies in­volv­ing the sup­ply of re­sources to sup­port in­no­va­tion and fos­ter­ing the in­dus­trial ecosys­tem.

Zhou Degui, sec­re­tary-gen­eral at the Chengdu fed­er­a­tion of in­dus­trial eco­nom­ics, said that the de­creas­ing pro­por­tion of Chengdu’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in the lo­cal econ­omy in re­cent years was not caused by prob­lems within the lo­cal in­dus­try, but be­cause the ser­vice sec­tor has grown rapidly.

In d u s t r i a l d e v e l o p m e n t pro­vides im­por­tant im­pe­tus for Chengdu’s econ­omy, and how to make in­dus­try grow faster and im­prove is a key for Chengdu to de­velop into a na­tional hub city, Zhou said.

C h e n g d u’s d e v e l o p m e n t into an eco­nomic hub in western China must place ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing in the lead­ing role and ex­pe­dite the in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion process, lo­cal of­fi­cials said.

The city will work to make ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­count for more than half of its in­dus­trial sec­tor by the end of 2022, they added.

Chengdu will mainly sup­port the im­prove­ment of five pil­lar sec­tors — elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion, au­to­mo­bile mak­ing, food and bev­er­age, equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing and bi­o­log­i­cal medicine.

Z h o u s a i d : “C h e n g d u ’s in­dus­trial sec­tor is con­tin­u­ously in­creas­ing and its pro­por­tion in GDP is ex­pected to sur­pass 50 per­cent, the di­vid­ing line, within the next few years.”

Lo­cal of­fi­cials said the city will emerge as a cen­ter of econ­omy, science and tech­nol­ogy, fi­nance, for­eign re­la­tions and cul­tural cre­ativ­ity in western China and an in­ter­na­tional com­pre­hen­sive trans­porta­tion hub.

The city will build pro­fes­sion­ally fi­nan­cial in­ter­me­di­ary ser­vice sys­tems and will en­cour­age the Shang­hai and Shen­zhen stock ex­changes to es­tab­lish their western cen­ters in Chengdu. The Tianfu (Sichuan) United Eq­uity Ex­change will also be im­proved, they said.

The city ’s Party con­gress held in April pro­posed ad­just­ing Chengdu’s eco­nomic map and em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ment in the city’s eastern area.

The con­gress said it is nec­es­sary to keep in mind de­vel­op­ment goals for 50 years and even 100 years and pro­mote the shift of ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­duc­tion ser- vices to the eastern area.

C hengdu will un­der take in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment plan­ning and ur­ban plan­ning to­gether as one whole, ac­cord­ing to meth­ods of in­te­grat­ing in­dus­tries, cities and peo­ple. Based on th­ese, it will plan 66 in­dus­trial ar­eas.

Chengdu will also ex­pe­dite plan­ning and con­struc­tion of in­no­va­tive parks based on the Tianfu science city, the Chengdu med­i­cal science city, the Chengdu Hi-Tech In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Zone and the Chengdu pi­lot free trade zone.

It will fully use Sino-France and Sino-Ger­many in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion plat­forms and in­te­grate in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship cen­ters and in­cu­ba­tion cen­ters to build sev­eral park brands that have mar­ket in­flu­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to the 50 new in­dus­trial poli­cies re­leased by Chengdu, en­trepreneurs are en­cour­aged to use uni­ver­si­ties’, col­leges’ and re­search in­sti­tutes’ re­sources, such as tech­nol­ogy and pro­fes­sion­als, to in­no­vate and start up busi­nesses.

T he city will pre­pare to build an in­no­va­tion and cre­ation re­search in­sti­tute and en­cour­age schools and en­ter­prises to build new in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy re­search or­ga­ni­za­tions. Chengdu will pro­vide max­i­mum sup­port of 200 mil- lion yuan ($29.6 mil­lion).

Lo­cal gov­ern­ments will pro­vide a max­i­mum sub­sidy of 10 mil­lion yuan to in­dus­trial clus­ters and in­dus­trial chain col­lab­o­ra­tive in­no­va­tion projects.

T he city hopes to build more than five man­u­fac­tur­ing in­no­va­tion cen­ters that are na­tion­ally in­flu­en­tial.

Chengdu will set up a spe­cial de­part­ment to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of its “new econ­omy”. It fol­lows closely the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the science and tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try. It also de­vel­ops in­dus­tries of the fu­ture such as ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, pre­ci­sion medicine, vir­tual re­al­ity, sens­ing and con­trol­ling.

It sup­ports the com­pa­nies to build cross-in­dus­try in­te­gra­tion plat­forms to drive the new tech­nolo­gies, emerg­ing in­dus­tries and new busi­ness mod­els.

Ex­cel­lent pro­fes­sion­als are the lead­ing force be­hind ur­ban de­vel­op­ment. The new poli­cies re­veal Chengdu will strengthen stim­u­la­tion of such pro­fes­sion­als and of­fer a max­i­mum com­pre­hen­sive sub­sidy of 100 mil­lion yuan to in­ter­na­tion­ally qual­i­fied ex­perts and teams that in­no­vate and start up com­pa­nies in the city.

Chengdu car­ried out a pol­icy on July 19 to at­tract pro­fes­sion­als and to help them work and live in the city.

Peng Chong­shi, deputy head of the or­ga­ni­za­tion de­part­ment of the Chengdu Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, said: “Young col­lege stu­dents are new blood for cities’ de­vel­op­ment. We will main­tain a more open and inclusive at­ti­tude to en­cour­age the stu­dents to take root in Chengdu.”

Ac­cord­ing to Peng, Chengdu will es­tab­lish a sys­tem through which grad­u­ates with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or higher can be granted hukou — or lo­cal house­hold regis­tra­tion — via their grad­u­a­tion cer­tifi­cates. It is for en­cour­ag­ing young pro­fes­sion­als to start up busi­nesses and work in Chengdu.

As for job can­di­dates from other re­gions who are also the cur­rent year’s grad­u­ates with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or higher, the city will pro­vide them with free ac­com­mo­da­tion for a max­i­mum of seven days in sta­tions for young pro­fes­sion­als.

The city’s first 13 such sta­tions were launched on July 7 and be­gan to of­fer ac­com­mo­da­tion on July 15.

Chengdu also an­nounced it would put more ef­fort into build­ing apart­ments, de­vel­op­ing rental hous­ing for ex­perts and pro­vid­ing re­lated guar­an­tees to ex­cel­lent, badly needed pro­fes­sion­als.

Liu Yong­hao, Liu Gexin, Jin Liyang,

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The first Peu­geot 4008 car is pro­duced at Dongfeng Peu­geot Citroen Au­to­mo­bile Com­pany’s Chengdu plant.

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A pro­vin­cial-level fi­nan­cial ser­vice clus­ter has emerged in Chengdu.

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A tech­ni­cian works in the nat­u­ral medicine lab of Di’ao Group in Chengdu.

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