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Four Mayors talk about the development of east, west and north Guangdong

2015-February-13       Source: Newsgd.com

Four mayors of Foshan, Meizhou, Shantou and Yangjiang shared their opinion for the development of east, west and north Guangdong in press conference of the 3rd Session of the 12th Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress on Feb. 12.

Four mayors of Foshan, Meizhou, Shantou and Yangjiang shared their opinion for the development of east, west and north Guangdong in press conference of the 3rd Session of the 12th Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress on Feb. 12.

An opportunity from “21st century Maritime Silk Road”

“This is an opportunity and challenge for the development of Shantou,” Zhen Renhao, the Mayor of Shantou, told the press. In attempt to boost the construction of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, the State Council Chinese is going to set up an pilot economic zone for overseas Chinese (PEZOC) in Shantou. It is well known that Shantou is the hometown for many oversea Chinese, which means Shantou have the advantage for attracting the oversea Chinese invest in the pilot economic zone. “We should highlight our characteristics and learn the experience from Free Trade Zone,” he added, “We hoped to acquire some national policies through importing businesses, investments, talents and technology so that this pilot area could absorb more resources from the oversea Chinese.”

With the development of “one belt one road” ( also known as 21st Century Maritime Silk Rod and the Silk Road Economic Belt is a concept for economic and cultural cooperation which base on ancient Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road.), the PEZOC will be an important door of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in Guangdong; however, the transportation in east Guangdong should be improved. Mayor Zhen told the press that the high speed rail of Shenzhen-Shantou is under construction now, which expected to be opened after two year and increase the exchanges among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau.

The completed high speed rail boosts the flow of talents, materials, capital and information within the rail network. Tan Juntie, the Mayor of Meizhou, indicated that Meizhou is the rail transportation hub which connected with Fujian Province in east and Jiangxi Provincein in north. There are totally seven rail routes cross in Meizhou in the future. “We are going to set up a bonded port area to decrease logistics cost, while building a high-level living area and business distract with the construction of high speed rail.” Mayor Tan said.

Innovation boost the development

Innovation is one of the important missions in Guangdong government work report in this year; especially using robot in manufacturing. “Foshan has imported some advanced manufactures in recent years, such as FAW - Volkswagen Automobile Co. Ltd which uses robot to produce, but some traditional manufactures are facing the innovative problem, such as automatization and intelligentialize,” Lu Yi, the Mayor of Foshan, said “we encouraged the manufactures speed up the steps for using robots in manufacturing.” According to Lu, Foshan endeavoured to establish the Robot Research Institution of South China in Shunde, one of the districts in Foshan, which attracted many research institutions and industrial departments. The set up of the Research Institution will improve the development of advanced equipment manufacturing industry in Pearl River Delta and whole Guangdong.

Furthermore, Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology, co-established by Israel's Technion and Guangdong's Shantou University (STU), is going to launch the campus construction - Sino-Israel university in Shantou this September. The south campus is expected to be designed as the technology and innovation industrial park. Shantou government expects a science park for developing high and new technology could be formed around Sino-Israel university with attracting a batch of famous high and new technology companies.

Although the innovation in Guangdong is proceeding, Qiu Zhiyong, the Mayor of Yangjiang, thinks the brand reputation is the key point for promoting the product. “Actually we earned morn than 1 billion US dollars per year through exporting knives and scissors, but it is difficult to promote the reputation with OME (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to the world.” Mayor Qiu said. In view of this, the government of Yangjiang encourages the manufactures to promote their own reputation with high quality. Mayor Qiu added “There are three factors for improving the manufacturers of knives and scissors; they are improving equipment, using advanced materials and creating their own brand.”

Besides, all mayors were emphasized a balanced development between economic development and environment protection and showed their confident in developing east, west and north Guangdong.

(By Steven)

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Editor: 王凯

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