Zhang Kaiji, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Director-General of the Development and Reform Bureau of Foshan Municipal Government, Director of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Affairs Office of Foshan Municipal Government.
Foshan, a manufacturing powerhouse in the Pearl River Delta, is now aiming to strengthen its ties with its neighbour Guangzhou and planning to build Foshan Sanlongwan Advanced Technology and Innovation Cluster a paradigm of the urban integration in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), said a senior official.
These remarks were delivered by Zhang Kaiji, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Director-General of the Development and Reform Bureau of Foshan Municipal Government, Director of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Affairs Office of Foshan Municipal Government, in an exclusive interview with Southcn.com and Newsgd.com, sharing his opinion on Foshan's role and future plans regarding the development of the GBA.
Sanlongwan Advanced Technology and Innovation Cluster. (File photo)
Pilot zone to enhance connections with Guangzhou
As mentioned in the outline development plan for the GBA, Guangzhou and Foshan will strengthen their cooperation and act as a locus to further enhance coordination in regional development. This means Foshan will take on some significant responsibilities, said Zhang.
Zhang indicated that Foshan has proposed that based on previous experience, Foshan-Guangzhou cooperation should be further strengthened with a focus on GBA construction, including infrastructural connectivity, furthering industrial collaboration, cooperation in sci-tech innovation, as well as environmental protection and services for the people.
One important part of the plan is to establish a Guangzhou-Foshan Pilot zone. The planning of the Sanlongwan Advanced Technology and Innovation Cluster is a key move that has been decided by the CPC Foshan Committee and Foshan Government, aiming to boost the transformation and upgrade of the city’s manufacturing industry and improve its ability to innovate.
The cluster has an area of over 90 square kilometers, located between Chanchen, Nanhai and Shunde. It will be a key innovation platform connecting with Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Sci-tech Innovation Corridor.
With Guangzhou South Railway Station at the center, the demonstration zone will have a radius of 10 kilometers and includes Guangzhou Higher Education Mega City, Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center, Foshan Sanlongwan Advanced Technology and Innovation Cluster, and the headquarters of Midea and Country Garden.