Pre­mier swears by in­no­va­tion

Li Ke­qiang says new de­vel­op­ment con­cept re­quires im­ple­men­ta­tion

China Daily - - BUSINESS - By SHI JING in Shang­hai and ZHANG YUE in Bei­jing

China will in­ten­sify in­no­va­tion-driven de­vel­op­ment and en­trepreneur­ship, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang said on Fri­day.

Ahead of the Na­tional Mass In­no­va­tion En­trepreneur­ship Week, which be­gan on Fri­day, Li is­sued an in­struc­tion say­ing that mass en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion had ef­fec­tively in­vig­o­rated the mar­ket, stim­u­lated so­cial cre­ativ­ity, ac­cel­er­ated the tran­si­tion from tra­di­tional growth driv­ers to new growth engines, pro­moted equal­ity of op­por­tu­ni­ties, and in­creased em­ploy­ment.

“Au­thor­i­ties should con­tinue to im­ple­ment the new de­vel­op­ment con­cept, press ahead with the sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form, cre­ate a syn­cretic, col­lab­o­ra­tive and shar­ing busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, main­tain fair com­pe­ti­tion in the mar­ket, im­prove the sys­tem of in­clu­sive and pru­den­tial su­per­vi­sion, es­tab­lish a new pat­tern of de­vel­op­ment for all en­ter­prises, and pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of dig­i­tal econ­omy and plat­form econ­omy,” the in­struc­tion said.

“New in­dus­tries, growth driv­ers and hu­man re­sources will pro­vide strong sup­port for the eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing,” it said.

It is the third year in a row that such a week­long pro­mo­tion on in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship, ini­ti­ated by the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, has been held na­tion­wide.

Vice-Pre­mier Zhang Gaoli at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony held at the main venue of Changyang Cam­pus in Shang­hai’s Yangpu dis­trict. Changyang Cam­pus is an iconic group in­no­va­tion space in Shang­hai that is home to more than 200 star­tups.

More than 150 lead­ing in­no­va­tive projects are on dis­play at the main venue in Shang­hai.

Apart from Shang­hai, cities in­clud­ing Bei­jing, Chengdu and Shenyang have all or­ga­nized a num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties, show­cas­ing their re­cent ac­com­plish­ments in terms of in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship.

Xi Rongqing, gen­eral man­ager of Changyang Cam­pus, said choos­ing the site as the main venue this year re­flects the re­sults of Shang­hai’s up­grad­ing in re­cent years.

“The lo­cal gov­ern­ment has pro­vided the space for star­tups, and re­lated man­age­ment teams have been in charge of the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“Once you en­ter the cam­pus, you can un­der­stand the theme of this year, which is en­hanc­ing up­grad­ing and strength­en­ing the new driv­ing forces.”

The All-China Fed­er­a­tion of In­dus­try and Com­merce con­ducted a third-party eval­u­a­tion of the ef­fec­tive­ness of poli­cies on mass in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship from June to July.

The State Coun­cil on Fri­day or­ga­nized a pol­icy brief­ing about the eval­u­a­tion.

The mass-in­no­va­tion eval­u­a­tion cov­ered eight prov­inces and cities, 17 demon­stra­tion ar­eas and 95 en­ter­prises.

It showed that nearly 85 per­cent of them be­lieved en­trepreneur­ship- and in­no­va­tion-re­lated poli­cies have cre­ated new eco­nomic driv­ing forces. Some 81 per­cent of them be­lieved the poli­cies helped cre­ate more jobs.

The eval­u­a­tion also showed that peo­ple aged 30 to 39 are the ma­jor con­trib­u­tors of in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship.

Pi­lot pro­grams for boost­ing en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion in re­gional bases, uni­ver­si­ties and com­pa­nies have helped a lot in at­tract­ing rel­e­vant tal­ents to in­dus­trial plat­forms, said Huang Rong, vicechair­man of the ACFIC. Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writ­ers at shi­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

WU KAI / FOR CHINA DAILY

A group of women in­ter­act with a ro­bot at the Na­tional Mass In­no­va­tion En­trepreneur­ship Week, which opened on Fri­day in Shang­hai.

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