Invest Shenzhen held a signing ceremony for the city’s major investment promotion projects in 2017 at the Shenzhen Civil Center on December 8, 2017. During the ceremony, contracts for 36 large-scale projects from sectors such as next-generation information technology, biology and life sciences, aerospace, and finance and technology services were signed. Three industrial parks were named as industrial chain parks, 10 companies were selected as excellent investment promotion projects, and 10 institutions were recognized as excellent cooperative partners for investment promotion. Wang Weizhong, Standing Committee member of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee and Party Secretary of Shenzhen, Chen Rugui, Mayor and Standing Committee member of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Guo Yonghang, Standing Committee member and Secretary General of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Gao Zimin, Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen, Li Yanzhong, Secretary General of Shenzhen government, and Gao Yuyue, Deputy Secretary General of Shenzhen government, and other officials attended the ceremony.
Wang Weizhong presented awards to 10 of Shenzhen’s excellent investment promotion projects in 2017, including the Shenzhen branch of Apple’s research and development unit in Beijing. Chen Rugui issued licenses to industrial chain parks and international industrial parks and presented awards to 10 excellent cooperative institutions for investment promotion.
Gao Zimin said in a speech that Shenzhen’s investment promotion, which serves as a major engine for boosting economic growth, driving innovation and opening up, achieved substantial results last year by introducing projects from Fortune 500 companies and industry-leading enterprises such as Apple’s research and development center and Airbus’ innovation center, making Shenzhen’s innovation-based development more sustainable. In responding to new conditions and changes in China and overseas, Shenzhen’s investment promotion should be more proactive and work to attract large scale and quality investment projects to help Shenzhen build itself into an international high-tech and industrial innovation center and a pilot area for socialist modernization.
Contracts for 36 major industrial projects were signed, including ARM’s China headquarters, WeWork’s Shenzhen innovation center, DHL’s south China operations center, CCVC Huaxin’s energy culture industry development center, Energy China’s south China headquarters, establishment of a wearable technology research institute team lead by Canadian professor Steve Mann, the University of Technology Sydney’s Shenzhen research and innovation center, OFO’ s international business headquarters, HNA’s international innovation headquarters, China National Building Material E-link Company Limited’s headquarters, and the south China’s headquarters of Chinasoft International, Shanghai YTO Express (Logistics) and Zhongtian Financial Group. These are all premium and innovative projects attracted by Shenzhen to meet its industrial development needs and will generate new resources for the city’s growth.
Meanwhile, Shenzhen Bay Technology and Ecology Park was named as an industrial chain park for investment promotion, and Zhongke Research and Development Park and smart city were certified as major international industrial parks for investment promotion. These actions will speed up attraction of major industrial projects and boost the operations, reputation and influence of industrial parks in China and overseas and speed up the concentrated development of industrial chains and thus enhance Shenzhen’s industrial reach. The Shenzhen branch of Apple’s research and development unit as well as Kasikornbank and others were named as excellent investment promotion projects, and Arm Accelerator, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and China Merchants Bank’s Shenzhen branch and others were recognized as excellent cooperative institutions for investment promotion.
For Shenzhen’s investment promotion in 2018, Wang Youming, Director of Invest Shenzhen, said that the agency will put into practice the guiding principles of the 19th CPC National Congress as well as six major programs for investment promotion. These will include attracting Fortune 500 companies, setting up company headquarters and gathering innovative resources, boosting industrial chains, and implement a global network for investment promotion. They will also improve the business environment to attract more large, quality investment projects.