Due to its traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) resources and its industrial development in petrochemicals and electronic information, Huizhou has already laid solid foundations for a so-called "2+1" modern industrial system.
According to Xu Huoqiang, Executive Deputy Director of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Affairs Office of Huizhou Municipal Government, all Huizhou's efforts will be devoted to developing the city into a new growth pole in the GBA.
Implementing every development measure
The CNOOC Huizhou Refinery Phase II Project. [Photo / Wang Changhui]
Huizhou has made great contributions to the development of the GBA. In terms of infrastructure connectivity, Huizhou accelerated the renovation and expansion of its airport. With 36 air routes serving 31 cities, passenger throughput was 1.88 million in 2018, an increase of 96.4% year on year.
The year 2018 saw a 98km extension of expressways, now boasting a total length of 732 km. Of the expressways, three connect the city to Guangzhou and four to Shenzhen.
As far as innovation is concerned, last year Huizhou companies filed 360 PCT patent applications, the number of high-tech enterprises increased by 40% and R&D now accounts for 2.3% of the city's GDP. As a flagship city for China's new social credit system, Huizhou is increasingly attractive to innovative enterprises.
Huizhou is adjacent to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan, and the city's land area accounts for 20% of the GBA. Xu proposed that the city should seize the opportunities brought by the GBA and focus on utilising its resources and industrial development.
Huizhou should give full play to its advantages in green petrochemicals and electronic information industries by establishing high output industrial clusters, while also developing the health industry into a new ‘pillar industry’.
Establishing the "2+1" modern industrial system
The project invested by CNOOC and Shell petrochemical company limited is put into production in Huizhou. [Photo / Wang Changhui]
In terms of actualising this, Xu put forward the following measures: promoting projects with ExxonMobil Chemical and CSPC and developing high-end chemicals, polyester materials and biomaterials; continuing to develop an ultra HD video industry, with trials of 4K televisions; and finally as regards the TCM industry, formulating industrial development plans, which encourage the planting in mountainous areas and broaden the medicine market.
Furthermore, it is important to utilize the city's situational advantage to attract leading technology groups from Hong Kong and Macao, sci-tech enterprises from Shenzhen, and research and educational resources from Guangzhou.
To create a climate suited to these, and other global enterprises, the city is striving to streamline the procedure of starting a business, reducing the time required to 5 working days.
Supervisor: Liu Jianneng
Planning: Tang Lina, Zhang Ying, He Jingwen
Reporters: Liu Jianneng, Chen Siyue, Hu Nan, Will, Pu Enling
Editors: Simon, Olivia