West PRD: Not to copy East PRD’s growth path
2011-May-12 Source: Newsgd.com
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We have caught up with Singapore in terms of gross domestic product, in the future, we should also be comparable to it in per capita gross domestic product, level of people’s happiness as well as social stability and harmony.

-- Wang Yang, Secretary of Guangdong Provincial CPC Committee


People seldom compare the West Pearl River Delta with East Pearl River Delta. West PRD consists of three cities, Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen, while East PRD consists of three more famous cities, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou. In terms of economic size, industry and opening up, West PRD has been much weaker than East PRD. Coordinated regional rapid development is the vision of the West PRD three cities, however, choosing a development mode is the mission the cities are facing now.

In the past two years, since Guangdong started the implementation of the Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta (2008-2020), Zhuhai has attracted a batch of large projects. Aircraft manufacturing and shipbuilding projects enhanced the city’s high-end manufacturing. Its new energy project, sea coast resort project, Shizimen CBD project has diversified the city’s economy.

Zhongshan’s new energy, pharmaceuticals, and electronic and IT in 2010 booked a output value boom of 65.9 percent, 34.8 percent and 93.8 percent respectively compared with the year 2008. And it also support the growth of innovation centers, equipment manufacturing, financial services and the rebuilding of the old counties, old residential communities and old factories.

Jiangmen’s green lighting, new energy and high end equipment manufacturing had became the pillar industries for the city, with a output of 300 billion RMB. It has seen set up of large LED and railway equipment manufacturing projects.

On May 9th and 10th, Guangdong Party Secretary Wang Yang and Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua led a mission to Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen, to check their implementation of the Outline.

After the visit, Wang Yang said, despite small economic size, the three cities had a lot over advantages compared with East PRD, such as the clean air and water, smooth transportation, social stability, small population and residents’ high happiness indexes.

He encouraged west PRD to find a different development mode and not to follow east PRD, saying three decades ago, Pearl River Delta was short of capital, technology, marketing and talents. Under such circumstance, east PRD had no other choice but to adopt the high resource consumption and labor intensive mode. That was a correct choice then. Now 30 years had passed, Shenzhen, Dongguan had gained rapid growth but fall short of land reserved for further development. However, for west PRD, a new development mode must be adopted to save the clear water and air, reduce the land resource usage in industrialization and urbanization. The cities should develop higher end industries and enhance local industries’ sustainability. The cities also need to let its residents to share the development achievement and solve the problems residents concern arising along with the economic development.

After the tour, Governor Huang Huahua put forward guidance to the three cities to further optimize their industrial structure, avoid duplications of industries, improve their R&D capacity and speed up the key project progress.

Wang once again stressed the “quality over quantity” concept, saying We have caught up with Singapore in terms of gross domestic product, in the future, we should also be comparable to it in per capita gross domestic product, level of people’s happiness as well as social stability and harmony.

(By Wing)
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