On December 7, the 2018 Shenzhen Major Investment Promotion Projects Signing Ceremony was convened at the Shenzhen Civic Center. Contracts were signed for 33 major projects related to a broad range of fields, including the Internet, next-generation information technology, advanced manufacturing, cultural creativity, finance, biology, health, and aerospace. One industrial park was approved as an industrial chain park and another was designated as a key international park. Ten excellent projects for investment promotion and ten excellent cooperative institutions for investment promotion received awards. Mr. Wang Weizhong, Member of the Standing Committee of Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPC and Secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC, and Mr. Chen Rugui, Deputy Secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC and Mayor of Shenzhen City, presented awards to enterprises, institutions, and parks and witnessed the project signing. Several other major figures also attended the meeting, including leaders of the Shenzhen Municipal Government such as Gao Zimin, Wang Lixin and Li Tingzhong, heads of the Municipal Development and Reform Commission, the Municipal Economy, Trade and Information Commission, the Municipal Science and Technology Innovation Commission, Shenzhen Municipal Financial Development and Services Office, the Qianhai Administration, the District Governments (the new district administration commission), the Management Committee of the Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone, high-level representatives from Fortune 500 companies and China's top 500 companies, industry leaders, colleges, universities and research institutions. At the meeting, Wang Youming, Director General of Invest Shenzhen, gave a presentation on investment in Shenzhen during 2018.
The projects that were signed at the meeting include the Asia-Pacific Smart Travel Innovation Center of the US Ford Motor Company, SHARK's headquarters for international operations and the South China headquarters of the US-based Plug and Play Company. The total investment is about 73.6 billion yuan. These projects are high-end projects that were brought into Shenzhen as a result of the city's industrial development priorities, creating new areas of sustainable economic growth for Shenzhen.
At the meeting, the organizer selected China Mobile's Intelligent Hardware Innovation Center and Arm Mini China and many others as 2018 Shenzhen Annual Excellent Projects for Investment Promotion. The implementation of these projects has actively promoted the transformation, improvement and innovation of related industries in our city, helping to make Shenzhen more competitive at its core.
At the meeting, Baoneng Science and Technology Park was approved as an IoT Industry Chain Park for investment promotion and the Shenzhen Longgang District Tusincere Science and Technology Park was certified as a Key International Industrial Park for investment promotion. These two integrated parks will be given priority to the investment projects of high-quality multinational enterprises. As of now, eight industrial chain parks have been confirmed for industries such as artificial intelligence, graphene, and unmanned systems, along with 25 key international industrial parks for investment promotion. In doing so, major industrial projects will be more efficiently implemented, which will also increase the international and domestic visibility, influence and operational quality of the industrial parks. In addition, the cluster-based development of industry chains will be boosted to comprehensively enhance Shenzhen's ability to facilitate the operation of a greater variety of industries.
The meeting also selected ten Excellent Cooperative Institutions for Investment Promotion, including the Documentary Center of Shenzhen Media Group and the Shenzhen International Investment Promotion Association.
Looking towards 2019, the head of Invest Shenzhen said that the agency will thoroughly study and follow the spirit of the keynote speech delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping during his visit to Guangdong. It will make deployments by focusing on the decisions of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, proactively make an overall plan for the promotion of city-wide investment and effectively implement the five major action plans (Invest Shenzhen's promotional plan, major foreign investment attraction plan, physical investment attraction plan, core industry cluster plan and business environment monitoring plan). Invest Shenzhen will also continue to bring in investments that are bigger, of higher quality and which complement the city, helping Shenzhen to become an international center of innovation in science and technology, and a pilot region for socialist modernization.