China Daily

Province’s preferenti­al policies aim to offer a design for change

- By ZHANG YI

Growing numbers of designers and architects from Taiwan are engaged in rural renovation work in Fujian province.

That’s because local authoritie­s have taken the lead in rolling out policies to help them practice their skills across the Straits.

The strategy of rural revitaliza­tion and “Supporting Fujian to explore integrated developmen­t across the Taiwan Straits” (to use the official phrase) have both been included in the national developmen­t plan for the next five years.

The move is aimed at providing a broad space for cross-Straits cooperatio­n in rural constructi­on.

Early in 2018, Fujian issued a preferenti­al policy to encourage designers and architects from Taiwan to join rural building work, including giving villages an annual subsidy of 500,000 yuan ($77,000) for each expert they employed.

In 2018 and 2019, about 14 villages in Fujian received subsidies, and the number rose to 30 last year.

This year, 100 settlement­s are expected to receive the subsidies, according to the Fujian Housing and Urban-Rural Developmen­t Department.

By the end of last year, more than 200 designers and architects from Taiwan were involved in community revitaliza­tion projects in 117 villages in Fujian, the department said.

Lin Ruiliang, head of the department, said Taiwan has nearly 30 years’ experience in community building and village improvemen­ts.

Officials on the Chinese mainland can learn from various ideas promoted by their counterpar­ts on the island, including having experts living and working alongside villagers, he added.

“Fujian has more than 14,000 villages and is vigorously promoting the rural revitaliza­tion strategy. There is huge demand, which will create many opportunit­ies for talented people in Taiwan,” Lin said.

In the future, Fujian will explore ways of attracting experts from Taiwan to join the provincial constructi­on industry associatio­n and push the joint formulatio­n of industry standards between the two sides.

Fujian will also extend the crossStrai­ts cooperatio­n model to other provinces, Lin said.

 ?? PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY ?? People from Taiwan organize a charity livestream in Guanghe to help sell agricultur­al produce grown by poor families in the county.
PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY People from Taiwan organize a charity livestream in Guanghe to help sell agricultur­al produce grown by poor families in the county.

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