Promoting deep integration and upgrading of development zones (parks)

A few days ago, the general office of the provincial government released the List of Development Zones (Parks) in Zhejiang Province (2021 Edition). According to the list, the total number of development zones (parks) in Zhejiang Province will be further integrated into 134. This provides a clear road map for accelerating the deep integration and upgrading of development zones (parks) in this province.

In fact, before the release of this list, some development zones (parks) had already taken action. As is introduced, in 2019, Zhejiang started a new round of integration and upgrading of development zones (parks). Yang Wei, director of the development zone division of the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province, said that before the integration and upgrading, the total number of development zones (parks) in the province reached 1059, but according to the overall plan of integration and upgrading, the total number will be reduced by about 87%.

The release of the new list has sounded the clarion call for system and mechanism innovation of development zones (parks) in Zhejiang. Yang Wei said that although some development zones have integrated the production capacity, taxation and other data of nearby township industrial parks to be integrated, the relationship in respect of the system and mechanism has not been fully straightened out. Next, all kinds of development zones (parks) will be integrated and upgraded into “a platform” with relatively concentrated space, to form “a player” with independent and authoritative management and operation, and “a leading team” with centralized coordination and high efficiency, so as to comprehensively promote the formation of a centralized and unified institutional framework.

Through integration, the energy level of the open platform in Zhejiang will achieve “1 + 1 > 2” promotion effect. Take Ningbo as an example. According to the list, Ningbo Economic and Technological Development Zone aims to integrate the original five open platforms, namely, Ningbo Daxie Development Zone, Ningbo Free Trade Zone, Ningbo Beilun Port Comprehensive Free Trade Zone, Ningbo Meishan Comprehensive Free Trade Zone, and Ningbo Meishan Advanced Manufacturing High Tech Industrial Park. Experts said that if the “five zone are integrated into one”, the “new” Ningbo Economic and Technological Development Zone is expected to become one of the top 10 national economic and technological development zones.

“According to the road map, our province will adhere to the guideline of ‘eliminating and canceling a batch, transforming and upgrading a batch, integrating and optimizing a batch, and creating and shaping a batch’, to speed up the formation of a new pattern of regional open platforms with clear levels, reasonable layout, and diverse types”, Yang Wei said.

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