Cit y to ac­cel­er­ate global am­bi­tions

Los Angeles Times - - SHANGHAI - Wang Yanlin

SHANG­HAI is step­ping up ef­forts to build the city into a science and i nno­va­tion cen­ter with global in­flu­ence, Shang­hai Party Sec­re­tary Han Zheng said last month as he un­veiled a plan to ac­cel­er­ate the process.

Among the mea­sures, Shang­hai will fur­ther sim­plify ad­min­is­tra­tive man­age­ment to re­duce red tape for i nno­va­tion, i ncrease sup­port­ing funds and make them more tar­geted, he said.

The city will also i ntro­duce re­forms to at­tract more pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing re­lax­ing the rules on lo­cal residential cer­tifi­cates for for­eign sci­en­tists, in­no­va­tors and en­trepreneurs, Han told a meet­ing of the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party.

“Shang­hai must take quick, prac­ti­cal and bold ef­forts to ful­fill the Party’s re­quire­ment of con­struct­ing Shang­hai i nto a science and in­no­va­tion cen­ter,” Han said. “It is a re­quire­ment putting the cit y again at the fore­front of China’s re­forms.”

Peo­ple are core as­sets for the re­al­iza­tion of this goal, Han said, and in a bid to at­tract tal­ented peo­ple from abroad, the process of ap­ply­ing for per­ma­nent residential cer­tifi­cates for se­nior for­eign pro­fes­sion­als will be cut to three months.

The city will also ex­tend the ex­piry of residential cer­tifi­cates from one year to two to five years for qual­i­fied for­eign ex­perts, he said.

In ad­di­tion, there will be a trial pro­gram where in­ter­na­tional stu­dents or doc­toral can­di­dates in Shang­hai can look for a job in ar­eas in­clud­ing the Shang­hai Pi­lot Free Trade Zone and Zhangjiang High- Tech Park af­ter grad­u­a­tion. I n the past, they had to have at least two years’ work ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore tak­ing a job in the city.

Shang­hai will also rela x the rules on residential cer­tifi­cates a nd so­cial ben­e­fits for do­mes­tic pro­fes­sion­als and there will be more flex­i­bil­ity in al­low­ing sci­en­tists to start their own busi­nesses, and al­low­ing en­trepreneurs to have part- time jobs in univer­si­ties.

“By 2020, Shang­hai is to form a frame­work of the con­struc­tion of a global science and i nno­va­tion cen­ter; By 2030, the cit y will have de­vel­oped the cores of such a cen­ter,” Han said. “It will be a cen­ter with global in­flu­ence and com­pet­i­tive­ness, a cen­ter serv­ing the na­tional growth strat­egy, and a cen­ter that Shang­hai has the abil­ity to con­struct.”

“The city is the best choice be­cause it has the rich­est re­sources of in­no­va­tion in China, the strong­est abil­ity of in­no­va­tion, the high­est level of in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion, and the firmest foun­da­tion for re­form,” Han said.

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