Of­fi­cial: Guangzhou will be in­no­va­tion driver

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XU­JINGXI in Guangzhou xu­jingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Tianhe dis­trict, the newc­ity cen­ter of Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of Guang­dong prov­ince, will make good use of its higher ed­u­ca­tion and sci­en­tific re­search re­sources to en­cour­age mass en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion as the main fuel for eco­nomic growth, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict’s top of­fi­cial.

As the host of the Chi­naRus­sia In­ter­net Me­dia Fo­rum, Tianhe wowed guests with its boom­ing high-tech in­dus­try on Fri­day. Dur­ing a trip to the dis­trict’s high-tech com­pa­nies, visi­tors watched a 9D movie us­ing the lat­est vir­tual-re­al­ity de­vices, and were able to pay for their sub­way en­try by swip­ing their mo­bile phones on a ma­chine.

There were 530 high-tech com­pa­nies in Tianhe at the end of last year, ac­count­ing for 27 per­cent of all en­ter­prises. The num­ber is ex­pected to surge this year, with 1,189 com­pa­nies hav­ing ap­plied in the first 10 months to be ac­cred­ited as high-tech firms. More than 800 of those are ex­pected to be ap­proved.

“Science and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion in Tianhe has great growth mo­men­tum,” said Lin Daop­ing, top of­fi­cial of the dis­trict.

“We will main­tain the strat­egy of driv­ing eco­nomic growth through in­no­va­tion in the com­ing three to five years.”

Boast­ing 30 uni­ver­si­ties and 53 sci­en­tific re­search in­sti­tutes at city-level and above, Tianhe has a large tal­ent pool to help achieve high­level mass en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion.

To bet­ter help star­tups to grow, Tianhe is build­ing a science and tech­nol­ogy zone cov­er­ing an area of more than 1.1 mil­lion square me­ters.

It also plans to ren­o­vate about 4 mil­lion sq m of old fac­to­ries and col­lec­tive prop­er­ties in down­town vil­lages, turn­ing them into maker spa­ces.

Such ef­forts show Tianhe is Lin Daop­ing, try­ing to ad­dress the weak links re­lated to sup­port­ing mass en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion, Lin said.

“We have Class-A of­fice build­ings in Tianhe CBD. We also have low-priced of­fices in down­town vil­lages. But we don’t have many medi­umpriced of­fices with good ser­vices that young star­tups can move into to ex­pand their busi­nesses if they can’t af­ford the rent for Class-A of­fice build­ings,” he said.

“Young peo­ple are the ma­jor force in mass en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion. They have fer­vent en­thu­si­asm but weak foun­da­tions for start­ing their own busi­nesses, so we are pro­vid­ing them with af­ford­able work­places and fi­nan­cial sup­port,” Lin added.

The dis­trict gov­ern­ment launched a pol­icy in Oc­to­ber last year en­abling young peo­ple to reg­is­ter a com­pany by rent­ing a desk in one of the dis­trict’s science and tech­nol­ogy parks, in­cu­ba­tors or maker spa­ces.

It also spent nearly 10 mil­lion yuan ($1.48 mil­lion) last year sub­si­diz­ing of­fice rent for star­tups, Lin said, adding that there is no up­per limit for this year’s bud­get.

Tianhe’s GDP last year was 343.86 bil­lion yuan, the fourth­high­est among all city dis­tricts na­tion­wide and a year-on-year in­crease of 8.8 per­cent.

As the core dis­trict of Guangzhou and an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness cen­ter, Tianhe will ac­tively con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Lin said.

“Guangzhou is South China’s eco­nomic hub and host of the Can­ton Fair (China Im­port andEx­portFair). We will­make good use of our ge­o­graph­i­cal ad­van­tage and long his­tory in for­eign trade to en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Asian coun­tries, es­pe­cially South­east Asian coun­tries,” he said.

“We will also en­cour­age more in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies to ven­ture out into overseas mar­kets, at the same time de­vel­op­ing a good busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment to at­tract for­eign com­pa­nies to set up China head­quar­ters in Tianhe.” “We are talk­ing about the is­sue of tech­nol­ogy. Due to changes in tech­nol­ogy, for on­line me­dia, it’s not re­porters that mat­ter the most but edi­tors, for it’s their re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­cide on the con­tent and the way it is pre­sented. There are 700 mil­lion Ram­bler&Co head­ofGR,

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We will main­tain the strat­egy of driv­ing eco­nomic growth through in­no­va­tion in the com­ing three to five years.” top of­fi­cial of Tianhe dis­trict

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