Yangtze River Delta Region Gains New Growth Impetus
By CHEN Chunyou
The Yangtze River Delta region, which consists of Shanghai city, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, has reaped fruitful benefits from its integrated development during the past three years. The region's share of national GDP has increased from 24.1 percent in 2018 to 24.5 percent during the first three quarters of 2021, Cong Liang, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission said in a press conference on November 4.
Wu Qing, vice mayor of Shanghai said that the National Eastern Tech-Transfer Center has set up 19 sub-centers in the Yangtze River Delta region, and the trade in technology has become increasingly active. Technology-trading contracts numbering 14,000 were concluded within the region, with a turnover of more than 54 billion RMB.
The sci-tech resource-sharing service platform, co-built by regional partners in Shanghai currently has 22 major scientific apparatus, 315 national-level research bases and over 200,000 sci-tech experts. The platform has effectively improved the allocation efficiency of sci-tech resources in the region and reduced the R&D costs of enterprises, especially the small and medium-sized enterprises, said Wu.
Shanghai will strengthen the construction of a sci-tech innovation community in the Yangtze River Delta region. It will enhance the role of the multi-level capital market in allocating innovation factors, improve the integrated service network, and support more sci-tech enterprises in the region to be listed on the Science and Technology Innovation Board, said Wu.
In the past few years, Jiangsu has practiced the idea of green development and restored the ecology in the region by shifting the growth model and adjusting the economic structure, said Fan Jinlong, vice governor of the province.
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is a famous bridge that spans across the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province. (PHOTO: VCG)
Liu Hui, vice governor of Anhui said the province will further promote cooperation with key innovation platforms, and jointly set up clusters of major scientific equipment and network for international sci-tech cooperation.
According to Liu, Anhui will promote investment in emerging industries, and strengthen the connections with advantageous industries in the Yangtze River Delta region and central China, jointly building a number of world-class innovative industrial clusters.
Chen Jinbiao, vice governor of Zhejiang, said the province will speed up the construction of national demonstration zone alliance to transfer sci-tech, promote the building of Hangzhou West Science and Technology Innovation Corridor to be a source of innovation, and collaboratively build world-class advanced manufacturing industrial clusters and strategic emerging industrial clusters.
The digital economy is the traditional advantage of Zhejiang. The transformation into digital and intelligent development will be accelerated, Chen said.