Up­grad­ing Shang­hai

Mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment launches de­tailed ac­tions to turn city into global man­u­fac­tur­inghub

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - By Wang Han Page Ed­i­tor: yuxi@glob­al­times.com.cn

The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment held an of­fi­cial press con­fer­ence on Mon­day to in­tro­duce 10 spe­cific ac­tions to re­al­ize its new goals to build Shang­hai into global man­u­fac­tur­ing hub.

In April, the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment an­nounced its plan to build four “brands” of Shang­hai be­tween 2018 and 2020, namely Shang­hai Ser­vice, Shang­hai Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Shang­hai Shop­ping and Shang­hai Cul­ture. The up­grad­ing of its man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try is a key part of this plan.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen Mingbo, di­rec­tor of Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Econ­omy and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, four key ac­tions to build up Shang­hai Man­u­fac­tur­ing are the es­tab­lish­ment of world­wide fa­mous brands, cul­ti­va­tion of glob­ally fa­mous com­pa­nies, gath­er­ing fa­mous in­dus­try ex­perts, and the for­ma­tion of world fa­mous in­dus­try zones.

Apart from the above four key ac­tions, Chen added six ad­di­tional ac­tions, which are tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion, brand im­age pro­mo­tion, prod­uct qual­ity im­prove­ment, in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy blend­ing, cre­ation of in­dus­try clus­ters, as well as green in­no­va­tion.

The main fo­cus of the gov­ern­ment’s new plan is to en­hance the city’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. To meet the new mar­ket de­mand for a lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, the Shang­hai mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment aims to turn the city into a high-end “busi­ness” with new mean­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, the no­tion of Shang­hai Man­u­fac­tur­ing means high­end man­u­fac­tur­ing with core val­ues in in­dus­try chains; it also means qual­ity man­u­fac­tur­ing that pro­duces high-end prod­ucts that meet di­verse mar­ket de­mands; in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing in­cor­po­rated with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and in­ter­net tech­nolo­gies; most im­por­tantly, a green man­u­fac­tur­ing that uses re­sources in a sus­tain­able way.

Spe­cific ac­tions

To en­sure that the city’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try is suc­cess­fully up­graded by or be­fore 2020, the au­thor­ity launched 10 spe­cific ac­tions.

One ac­tion is to build fa­mous brands for Shang­hai man­u­fac­tur­ing. The au­thor­ity aims to en­hance lo­cal prod­ucts’ brand-name recog­ni­tion world­wide, mak­ing prod­ucts man­u­fac­tured in Shang­hai rep­utable in China and other coun­tries.

Specif­i­cally, for tra­di­tional lo­cal brands, the au­thor­ity tends to en­cour­age them to in­cor­po­rate new tech­nol­ogy and new mech­a­nism to gain a more mod­ern im­age on the mar­ket.

The gov­ern­ment will also en­cour­age lo­cal com­pa­nies to con­quer tech­no­log­i­cal bar­ri­ers and de­velop key in­dus­try tech­nol­ogy.

An­other ac­tion is to cul­ti­vate world­class fa­mous man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies. The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment plans to ac­cu­mu­late re­sources to cul­ti­vate a group of promis­ing en­ter­prises, help­ing them to be­come top-level man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prises glob­ally.

Specif­i­cally, the au­thor­ity aims to cul­ti­vate three lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies to join the world’s top-500 en­ter­prises.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the au­thor­ity will gather fa­mous ex­perts to en­hance the city’s man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness. No­tably, pro­fes­sion­als in the field of in­te­grated cir­cuit, com­puter sci­ence, brain sci­ence and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence are in high de­mand. The au­thor­ity will also pro­vide hous­ing sub­si­dies and other ad­van­tages to tal­ents in man­u­fac­tur­ing fields.

The au­thor­i­ties aims to de­velop glob­ally rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­ing zones. Cao­he­jing Hi-Tech Park, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park and Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile City are ex­pected to be built as world-class man­u­fac­tur­ing zones by 2020.

Pho­tos: VCG, IC

From top: A ma­chine work­ing; A bird’s-eye view of Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park; Peo­ple at the sec­ond Cao­he­jing Hi-Tech Park expo, which was held in Oc­to­ber 2017 in Shang­hai

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