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Western PRD to focus on ocean economy, industrial cooperation

2014-July-31       Source: Newsgd.com

The 9th Senior Officials Joint Meeting of Western PRD was held on July 28th. The ocean economy and industrial cooperation were defined as new engine of the economic development of western PRD.

The 9th Senior Officials Joint Meeting of Western PRD was held on July 28th. The ocean economy and industrial cooperation were defined as new engine of the economic development of western PRD.

Geographically, the Guangdong provincial government divided the Pearl River Delta (PRD) into western metropolitan area, central region metropolitan area and eastern metropolitan area. Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen are three major cities in the western metropolitan area, which is also known as the western PRD. They share the same coastline and Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions in China, are close to these cities.

According to the Statistics Bureau of Guangdong Province, Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen ranked in the top 10 cities with the highest GDP in Guangdong in 2013. Although these three cities recorded an appreciable economic development in 2013, they still have development potential in economy. Considering the geographical advantage of western PRD, the senior officials of these cities emphasized the concept of ocean economy and industrial cooperation strategy in the meeting.

Ocean Economy

For the ocean economy, the new district creation and investment promotion are two important strategies. Zhongshan is developing its Cuiheng New District and Zhongshan Port Area. It is reported that the area of Cuiheng New District can reach 230 square kilometers. Intelligent electronics, pharmaceutical industry and service industry are three pillar industries in this district.

In Jiangmen, the Daguang Bay Economic Zone focuses on port construction. “As a promising industry, the ocean economy should be brought to the forefront.” Liu Hai, the party secretary of Jiangmen said.

Wanshan and Hengqin are two important districts for Zhuhai in ocean economy. The government hopes that the construction of these districts can promote the combination of marine ecological civilization and ocean economy. The marine tourism and other advanced service will be developed with the leading of the Chime-Long International Ocean Resort Exhibition Hall in Hengqin.

The investment promotion is another significant strategy for Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen in ocean economy. The advanced manufacturing is the key point in investment. The government wants to attract capital from oversea or other provinces of China and establish local leading enterprises with advanced technology. Also, the commodity sales exhibitions will be held in these cities. The government believes that it will deepen the cooperation among entrepreneurs and local commodity can be sold abroad through marine transportation.

Industrial cooperation

The Meeting also focused on industrial cooperation among the three cities. Advanced service, advanced manufacturing, advanced technological industry and ecological agriculture are four pillar industries in western PRD.

“Zhuhai was regarded as a tourist city before. However, the city had initially built up its industry in the past few years. Its advanced manufacturing in ocean economy is a promising industry in western PRD. Zhongshan is famous for its manufacturing, but it also has a large population and less land.” Liu Hai said. Now, the government of the major cities in western PRD seeks to deepen the cooperation in industries and promote industry integration in this region.

Jiangmen, for example, is developing its high-tech zone. Its primary objective is to establish an advanced city with new technological industry. The government hopes that the total output value of the high-tech zone can reach 100 billion RMB in 2018. The Daguang Bay Economic Zone, which locates in the southeast of Jiangmen, is seeking to deepen the cooperation with Zhongshan, Zhuhai in shipping industry. The industrial integration can avoid homogenization in shipping industry in this region. Different cities will take charge of different part of shipping industry. It will help to stimulate the economic growth in these cities and create new economic hot spots.

Besides, the issue of transportation infrastructure is discussed in the meeting. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is under construction in western PRD. The transportation in this area will much more efficient in the future. Also, the cooperation among the cities in western PRD will be deepened in environmental protection and public service. (By Ken)

Editor: Echo

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