Parks look for growth cat­a­lyst

Both na­tions see huge po­ten­tial to de­velop ex­pand­ing sci­en­tific and tech cen­ters

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By REN QI in­Moscow renqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

As the two coun­tries agreed to push the co­or­di­na­tion of the Eurasian Eco­nomic Union and Belt and Road Ini­tia­tives, Chi­nese sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy parks are now seek­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in Rus­sian mar­kets.

TusPark, a sci­ence park under Ts­inghua Univer­sity, didn’t want to miss the op­por­tu­nity. After sign­ing a strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion frame­work agree­ment with Skolkovo Tech­nol­ogy Park, wit­nessed by Premier Li Ke­qiang and Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev in 2014, TusPark is main­tain­ing close con­nec­tions with its Rus­sian coun­ter­part.

Yuri Saprykin, vice-pres­i­dent of the Far East di­vi­sion of Skolkovo, told China Daily co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese sci­ence parks has al­ready started, as they have signed agree­ments with both Z-Park and TusPark al­low­ing com­pa­nies from ei­ther park to use Skolkovo as a win­dow and gate­way to the Rus­sian high­tech mar­ket.

More­over, sci­ence park co­op­er­a­tion is ex­pected to evolve as he said a joint in­vest­ment for a sci­ence park in Moscow is be­ing planned, and will be fur­ther dis­cussed in the com­ing meet­ing of the two prime min­is­ters in Novem­ber.

Medvedev said the coun­try has car­ried out a ma­jor in­no­va­tion project in Skolkovo, which is claimed to be the largest sci­ence park in Europe, and has al­ready had co­op­er­a­tion and deal­ings with Chi­nese sci­ence parks and high-tech com­pa­nies.

In late Septem­ber, he said, the coun­try wel­comed for­eign in­vestors. “Now in Moscow there are 26 sci­ence parks, and a num­ber of sci­ence parks op­er­ate in other places,” he noted. “Still ad­vanced knowl­edge and equip­ment from other coun­tries are needed, and dif­fer­ent mod­els and forms of in­no­va­tion from dif­fer­ent ter­ri­to­ries, such as spe­cial eco­nomic zones, sci­en­tific parks and in­no­va­tion clus­ters from China and other coun­tries, are needed.”

Saprykin re­vealed Chi­nese com­pa­nies, such as TusPark and Z-Park, had both shown great in­ter­est in the Rus­sian mar­ket, and started ne­go­ti­a­tions with Rus­sian lo­cal high­tech star­tups. Her­bert Chen,

Her­bert Chen, vice-pres­i­dent of TusPark, said China and Rus­sia en­joy a great po­ten­tial of co­op­er­a­tion in the field of sci­ence parks with their var­i­ous ad­van­tages as po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions push broader bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

Chen said the in­ter­na­tional busi­ness strat­egy of TusPark is made under the ref­er­ence of China’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tives, and their strat­egy has been more friendly toRus­sian mar­kets in re­cent years.

“Chi­nese sci­ence parks have es­tab­lished con­nec­tions with Rus­sian parks over the past 10 years, and Rus­sia has been a key area when mak­ing the in­ter­na­tional strat­egy,” he said.

“In the fu­ture there will be more Rus­sian el­e­ments in their plan.”

Zheng Xiaodong, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tion of Z-Park, said there is huge po­ten­tial of in­no­va­tion co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Rus­sia.

“On one hand, such co­op­er­a­tion has gained full sup­port from both gov­ern­ments in the pol­icy as­pect,” Zheng said. “On the other hand, both sides are ac­tively seek­ing a new di­rec­tion of op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

“In the past the di­rec­tion was en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion, and then mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion, now we can see more co­op­er­a­tive points in in­no­va­tion,” he said.

“We can’t ig­nore the fact that the cur­rent ex­cel­lent Sino-Rus­sian re­la­tions and pol­icy sup­port from gov­ern­ments help to boost our busi­ness links with China,” Saprykin said. “But as a busi­ness­man, we pre­fer say­ing that we want to co­op­er­ate with China be­cause we re­ally see lots of po­ten­tial, and there will be a win-win for both coun­tries.”

In the fu­ture there will be more Rus­sian el­e­ments in their plan.” TusPark vice-pres­i­dent of

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The of­fice of a tech park in Skolkovo In­no­va­tion Cen­ter, Moscow.

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