Hu­nan busi­ness ex­per­tise on dis­play at As­tana Expo

Cen­tral China prov­ince of­fers knowl­edge of new en­ergy, tech­nol­ogy and other growth in­dus­tries

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHAO SHIJUN zhaoshi­jun@chi­nadaiy.com.cn

Hu­nan’s busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties were dis­played at a re­cent pro­mo­tional event dur­ing the on­go­ing World Expo in As­tana, Kaza­khstan.

At the Hu­nan Week that opened on July 18, the Cent r a l C h i n a p r o v i n c e’s d e lega­tion showed a range of features of Hu­nan, in­clud­ing lo­cal tourist at­trac­tions such as Zhang ji­a­jie, Liang­shan Mo u n t a i n s a n d D o n gt i n g Lake, lo­cal prod­ucts in­clud­ing teas, ce­ram­ics and em­broi­dery works, as well as in­dus­tries with great growth po­ten­tial.

New en­ergy is the high­light at the Hu­nan Week, show­ing the fu­ture devel­op­ment trend of the en­ergy in­dus­try in the prov­ince.

Hu­nan Week is a part of the China Pav­il­ion ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing A s tana Expo 2017, which opened on June 10 and will last for 93 days.

China is the guest of honor at the ex­po­si­tion in As­tana, the cap­i­tal of Cen­tral Asia’s Kaza­khstan — a ma­jor countr y re­lated to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

To d a t e , 2 4 p r o v i n c e s , mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and au­tonomous re­gions from China have taken part in the expo.

Through Hu­nan Week, the prov­ince aims to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries and re­gions re­lated to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive by show­ing its cul­tural and eco­nomic strength and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior lo­cal leader.

Du Ji­a­hao, Party chief of Hu­nan and chair­man of the stand­ing com­mit­tee of the prov­ince’s Peo­ple’s Congress — the lo­cal leg­isla­tive body — said in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion is cru­cial in Hu­nan’s in­te­gra­tion with the Belt and Road In i t i a t i v e a n d i t s o v e r a l l open­ing-up strat­egy.

“We en­cour­age com­pe­tent lo­cal en­ter­prises to go global un­der the frame­work of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive through in­dus­trial ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion,” Du said.

When talk­ing about in­dus­trial ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion, Du noted that the prac­tice does not mean the trans­fer of out­dated, sur­plus ca­pac­i­ties or the ex­ploita­tion of low-cost re­sources in other coun­tries.

“We aim to forge win-win part­ner­ships by shar­ing our ad­van­tages in some com­pet­i­tive in­dus­tries,” Du said.

“On the other hand, the co­op­er­a­tion is by no means as­sis­tance free of charge. We should cre­ate mu­tual ben­e­fits with our par tners by ob­serv­ing mar­ket rules,” he added.

Com­pet­i­tive sec­tors

Hu­nan is com­pet­i­tive in such in­dus­tries as ma­chin­ery, food, non­fer­rous me­tals, elec­tron­ics and in­for­ma­tion, light in­dus­tries, build­ing ma­te­ri­als and con­struc­tion ma­chines, petro­chem­i­cals, elec­tric­ity and medicines.

The new-en­ergy in­dus­try, fea­tur­ing so­lar, nu­clear and wind power, high-ef­fi­ciency elec­tric­ity grid as well as newen­erg y ve­hi­cles, has risen quickly in re­cent years, with many of the prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies reaching in­ter­na­tion­ally ad­vanced lev­els.

Hu­nan is also the birth­place of a num­ber of cut­tingedge tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing the glob­ally renowned Tianhe su­per­com­puter.

De­vel­oped by the Chi­nese Na­tional Univer­sity of De­fense Tech­nol­ogy based in Chang­sha, the provin­cial cap­i­tal, Tianhe is one of the few petas­cale su­per­com­put­ers in the world.

He Jian, chair­man of the Hu­nan Sub- Coun­cil of the China Coun­cil for the Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade, s a i d Hu n a n’s e n t e r p r i s e s should use the As­tana Expo

We should cre­ate mu­tual ben­e­fits with our part­ners by ob­serv­ing mar­ket rules.” Du Ji­a­hao, Party chief of Hu­nan and chair­man of the stand­ing com­mit­tee of the prov­ince’s Peo­ple’s Congress

to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries re­lated to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

For this pur­pose, Hu­nan will hold more ac­tiv­i­ties in th­ese coun­tries fol­low­ing Hu­nan Week.

For in­stance, a match-mak­ing event for two-way in­vest­ments will be held in Al­maty, the largest city of Kaza­khstan.

T he Hu­nan del­e­ga­tions will visit Rus­sia, Be­larus and Poland to hold a se­ries of trade and in­vest­ment pro­mo­tional events.

Ac­cord­ing to He, com­pa­nies from around the world are also wel­come to do busi­ness in Hu­nan, which has busi­ness ties with more than 200 coun­tries and re­gions.

Ac­cord­ing to the Hu­nan Bureau of Com­merce, 140 multi­na­tional com­pa­nies on the For­tune Global 500 list have in­vested in Hu­nan.

In ad­di­tion to its sound in­dus­trial foun­da­tion, the prov­ince’s con­ve­nient trans­port also ap­peals to in­ter­na­tional investors.

Hu­nan had 6,080 kilo­me­ters of ex­press­ways by the end of 2016, rank­ing No 6 in China’s provin­cial-level ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions.

Chang­sha is a hub for high-speed rail­way traf­fic in Cen­tral China, with two of the na­tion’s trunk lines — the Bei­jing-Guangzhou and Shang­hai-Kun­ming lines — meet­ing there.

Chang­sha Huanghua In­ter­na­tional Air­port has con­nec­tions with 119 do­mes­tic and for­eign air­por ts. It ser ved more than 20 mil­lion pas­sen­gers last year, rank­ing first among all the cities in Cen­tral China.

Ocean­go­ing ships can ar­rive at Chengling ji Port in north­ern Hu­nan. It is one of the largest ports along the Yangtze River, with an­nual bulk cargo through­put sur­pass­ing 100 mil­lion met­ric tons in re­cent years.

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Ouyang Bin (sec­ond right). vice-chair­man of the Hu­nan Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, vis­its the Hu­nan Week venue be­fore its open­ing on July 18.

The high-speed train de­vel­oped by China Rail­way Rolling Stock Corp based in Zhuzhou rep­re­sents the high level of the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in Hu­nan prov­ince.

Tianhe su­per­com­puter de­vel­oped in Chang­sha is one of the few petas­cale su­per­com­put­ers in the world.

A tea farm in Hu­nan. Hu­nan-made teas have been dis­played at the World Expo in As­tana.

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