SIP to Build 4 Demonstration Zones in 3-5 Years
SIP has now set the goals in implementing scientific outlook on development in the next 3 to 4 years: to build SIP into a resource-conserving environment-friendly ecotype demonstration zone, a technological demonstration zone with outstanding achievements in clustered R&D centers and hi-tech industries, a demonstration zone of modern commercial and trade logistic operation center based on virtual ports, and a demonstration zone of offshore-oriented service outsourcing in China. These goals were announced at the briefing on scientific and technological development in SIP held on Dec. 27 in Beijing. Ma Xiuhong, Vice-minister of Commerce, Shang Yong, Vice-minister of Science and Technology, Shi Erkang, Vice-president of CAS, Wang Rong, Executive Member of CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee and Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee, attended the briefing and made speeches at the meeting. The briefing was presided over by Wang Jinhua, Deputy Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Secretary of SIP Party Working Committee. Wang Shaodong, Executive Member and Secretary-general of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee, also attended the meeting. The attendees included member of the Advisory Committee of "4 demonstration zones" and over 300 representatives from national research institutes and overseas and domestic enterprises.
Ma Minglong, Chairman of Sipac, gave a detailed account of the endeavors to build the four demonstration zones at the briefing. Over the past 13 years' development and construction, SIP, the largest project of cooperation between the governments of China and Singapore, has maintained an annual growth rate of 30% in major economic targets, and in 2003, the economic volume of SIP had reached the level of the whole of Suzhou Municipality, which amounted to building another Suzhou over a period of ten years. The comprehensive index in SIP was rated by Ministry of Commerce be the top among all national development zones, and internationally acknowledged to be a top development zone in Asia.
At the 9th meeting of China-Singapore Steering Council in July this year, Wu Yi, Vice-premier of the State Council, explicitly put forward the requirements on SIP for the new round of development by calling SIP "to be the first build a resource-conserving environment-friendly ecotype demonstration zone, a technological demonstration zone with outstanding achievements in clustered R&D centers and hi-tech industries, a demonstration zone of modern commercial and trade logistic operation center based on virtual ports, and a demonstration zone of offshore-oriented service outsourcing in China". SIP is going all out to achieve initial results in building the "4 demonstration zones" in 2008, and meet the basic requirements of the "4 demonstration zones" within 3 to 5 years.
At the briefing, Vice-minister Ma Xiuhong pointed out that it was a new trend and motive force to speed up technological innovation, to build eco-civilization and develop modern logistics and service outsourcing, as well as an important embodiment of scientific outlook on development. She hoped that SIP would lose no time in building the "4 demonstration zones" and play a greater role in reform and innovation, and in promoting coordinated regional development and building a harmonious society. Vice-minister Shang Yong pledged that Ministry of Science and Technology would strengthen its support for SIP and assist SIP in introducing more talents from China and overseas and promoting the entry of technological projects and resources into SIP.
When interviewed by reporters, Wang Rong expressed that Suzhou had entered into the stage of economic restructuring, and that SIP had already laid a solid foundation for building the "4 demonstration zones", which was an experiment in achieving better and faster economic development in technology, ecology, logistics, and service outsourcing. He also pointed out that SIP would be the major area of urban development in Suzhou with full support of the Party and government of Suzhou Municipality.
Dec. 28, 2007