Im­prov­ing Peo­ple’s Liveli­hoods

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Bei­jing is a su­per­sized me­trop­o­lis. So, whilst the con­struc­tion and man­age­ment of the city are con­stantly im­prov­ing, a greater num­ber of ef­fec­tive means and tech­niques of gov­er­nance are needed to tackle both new and ex­ist­ing prob­lems. To this end, the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China and the Peo­ple’s Govern­ment of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity have achieved many pos­i­tive re­sults by ex­plor­ing a range of op­tions.

On Au­gust 20, ac­cord­ing to a press con­fer­ence held by the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of De­vel­op­ment and Re­form for so­lic­it­ing so­lu­tions to ad­dress the de­mands of “En­cour­ag­ing Innovation and En­trepreneur­ship to Im­prove Peo­ple’s Liveli­hoods” for 2018, a cam­paign to so­licit so­lu­tions was launched on Au­gust 17. In­no­va­tors and en­trepreneur­s are able to check the so­lic­i­ta­tion de­mands and sub­mit so­lu­tions via the “En­cour­ag­ing Innovation and En­trepreneur­ship to Im­prove Peo­ple’s Liveli­hood” on­line plat­form on the of­fi­cial web­site home­pages of 10 govern­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Bei­jing As­so­ci­a­tion for Science and Tech­nol­ogy. Thirty is­sues re­lated to the daily lives of Bei­jingers were re­leased in­clud­ing transporta­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, shared park­ing and ru­ral sewage treat­ment.

In 2017, the govern­ment stated it would per­sist in fo­cus­ing on is­sues that peo­ple are most con­cerned about and so­licit so­lu­tions from in­no­va­tors and en­trepreneur­s, which is how the “En­cour­ag­ing Innovation and En­trepreneur­ship to Im­prove Peo­ple’s Liveli­hoods” cam­paign came into be­ing. Six govern­ment depart­ments, in­clud­ing the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of City Man­age­ment, re­leased the re­quire­ments for 25 liveli­hood is­sues and col­lected 119 so­lu­tions. The six depart­ments se­lected 18 out­stand­ing so­lu­tions and cor­re­spond­ing award-win­ning so­lu­tions. Of the 18 out­stand­ing so­lu­tions, 11 have been ap­plied to peo­ple’s liveli­hoods, three have launched pi­lot pro­grams with re­search sup­port or ac­tive pro­mo­tion, and four re­quire fur­ther in-depth re­search. These pro­grammes pro­vide new ideas for govern­ment depart­ments and new ap­proaches for solv­ing is­sues re­lated to peo­ple’s liveli­hoods. Whether it is stairlifts to help the el­derly in old com­mu­ni­ties or wire­less trans­mis­sion tech­nol­ogy de­signed for back roads and lanes, the so­lu­tions all aim to pro­vide cit­i­zens with more car­ing ur­ban ser­vices and pro­vide innovation that ben­e­fits the pub­lic.

The pro­mo­tion of innovation and en­trepreneur­ship have brought ben­e­fits to peo­ple’s liveli­hoods in many as­pects. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pub­lished by the Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of De­vel­op­ment and Re­form and the Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee of Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion, a to­tal of 100 old com­mu­ni­ties in the city will be ren­o­vated this year. Sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties will also be up­dated to im­prove liv­ing con­di­tions by op­ti­mis­ing func­tions, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing el­e­va­tors and park­ing spa­ces, up­grad­ing out­dated fa­cil­i­ties and bet­ter prop­erty man­age­ment. These ob­sta­cles to the man­age­ment and im­prove­ment of old com­mu­ni­ties will be re­moved through ren­o­va­tion and bring sub­stan­tial im­prove­ments to the lives of res­i­dents. On the same day, China’s first al­liance for the pro­tec­tion and util­i­sa­tion of old fac­to­ries and ur­ban cul­tural de­vel­op­ment was es­tab­lished in Bei­jing to pro­vide a co­op­er­a­tion plat­form for pre­serv­ing and us­ing old fac­to­ries in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. Bei­jing has long taken the lead in China in terms of util­is­ing the space and cul­tural her­itage of old fac­to­ries. At present, the city has 242 va­cant old fac­to­ries. Trans­formed fac­to­ries cover an area of 6.01 mil­lion square me­tres (sq.m), whilst those still un­der trans­for­ma­tion cover an area of 1.38 mil­lion sq.m. These old fac­to­ries are home to cul­tural me­mories of the city and will not dis­ap­pear; in­stead, they will serve as wit­nesses to the city’s cul­ture and as­sume the new pur­pose of fos­ter­ing cul­tural innovation. This year marks a cru­cial year for Bei­jing in en­hanc­ing and deep­en­ing its rec­ti­fi­ca­tion and im­prove­ment cam­paign. Spe­cial ac­tions have fo­cused more on the syn­chro­nous ad­vance­ment of both rec­ti­fi­ca­tion and im­prove­ment ef­forts, mean­ing that by the end of July, Bei­jing had achieved ex­cit­ing re­sults in the cam­paign. Re­gard­ing va­cated land, 885 hectares have been cov­ered with green­ery, which is equiv­a­lent to adding the area of three Sum­mer Palaces to Bei­jing; and 3,568 al­leys with il­le­gal re­mod­elling and 366 lanes have been rec­ti­fied and up­dated. The ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment of the city is con­stantly be­ing im­proved, which en­haces the qual­ity of life of its cit­i­zens.

Bei­jing is a city brim­ming with innovation and en­ergy. By con­tin­u­ing to utilise and trans­form the achieve­ments brought about by innovation, the city is im­prov­ing the lives of its cit­i­zens, and peo­ple are be­com­ing more en­thu­si­as­tic about the city in which they live.

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