2019-02-25 13:45:48 来源: 中国日报

英国当地时间2月19日,英国《每日电讯》刊发整版成都深度报道。该整版深度报道包含2篇稿件:Chengdu on right track to grow its trade;Reforms prove a magnet for business investment。

昨天,推送了第一篇:外媒观川 | 英国《每日电讯》:深化自贸区创新改革试验 成都营商环境接轨国际。今天,我们来看看第二篇稿件都讲了些什么。


Reforms prove a magnet for business investment


Listed as China’s best new first-tier city for many years, Chengdu has become a popular place to invest for domestic and international companies, according to local officials.


Gree, a major home appliance maker in China, celebrated the groundbreaking of its 5 billion yuan (£562.64 million) industrial park in Chengdu’s Tianfu New Area on Jan 24. The industrial park will focus on smart home appliances production. The first phase, covering 98.84 acre, will be capable of producing three million washing machines a year, according to local officials.


Dong Mingzhu, president of Gree , said that the groundbreaking marked a starting point for Gree in Chengdu. The company will launch a refrigerator project, a home appliances project and a smart equipment and mould production centre in Chengdu in the future.


Local officials said the smart production industrial park in the Tianfu New Area, where Gree’s industrial park project is located, has a complete industrial chain which covers research and development, design and manufacturing. The area serves an important role in leading regional industrial development.


Chengdu has long been committed to building an economic system with strong growth potential. It has paid close attention to developing industries such as hi-tech services, modern financial services and cultural and creative services. The business environment is attracting a growing number of businesses to the city.


SenseTime, one of the leading artificial intelligence technology developers in China, opened a regional headquarters in the Tianfu New Area to help serve countries taking part in the Belt and Road Initiative, following its headquarters in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen in Guangdong province. The regional headquarters will also be an innovation centre for SenseTime.


Xu Li, CEO and co-founder of SenseTime, said the Tianfu New Area is an energetic part of western China which has strong development potential.


Xu revealed that the Chengdu headquarters will have a core technology development team of at least 1,500 people. Some major players in artificial intelligence that have business ties with SenseTime will also settle there.


“SenseTime will join forces with the Tianfu New Area to develop a hub for artificial intelligence,” Xu said.


Xu revealed that SenseTime also plans to partner with local universities to launch artificial intelligence- focused labs, innovation industrial parks and deep-learning supercomputing centres.


The Tianfu New Area started construction of a “Unicorn Island” in July to promote unicorn business incubation. SenseTime is the first unicorn to settle there. Unicorns are start-ups worth $1 billion (£761.65 million) or more.


Apart from SenseTime, online gaming developer Kunlun sees Chengdu as an ideal investment destination.


“Chengdu is an important communications city located along the BRI route and the Yangtze River Economic Belt. The city also strives to be a hub that can lure global resources,” said Zhou Yahui, chairman of Kunlun. “Chengdu’s development strategy is aligned with Kunlun’s development strategy along the BRI route.”


In October, Kunlun signed an agreement with Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone to set up its headquarters and an industrial park in the zone.


Kunlun also announced that its subsidiary Opera Software ASA, a Norwegian web browser developer, would set up a wholly foreign-owned business in the zone. Opera’s headquarters in China will also be in the zone.

同时,其下属挪威浏览器厂商Opera Software ASA公司将在成都高新区设立外商独资企业,作为Opera中国区总部。

Zhou said that Chengdu’s advantages in luring talented people, production cost control, business environment, support of new-generation information technology and new industries are key factors that attracted Kunlun and Opera.


Some upstream and downstream units of Kunlun will also come to Chengdu. More than 10,000 professionals will be attracted to Chengdu, according to Zhou.


Last year, Chengdu welcomed leading companies such as Microsoft, Sanofi and electric carmaker WeltMeister. The city was home to 285 Global Fortune 500-listed companies by the end of 2018.


“Chengdu’s urban development level is quite close to [traditional] first-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in Guangdong province,” said Zhong Bo, CEO of Chengdu Xgimi Technology Co, a smart-projector designer and manufacturer, “The infrastructure for industrial development is also improving.”


“Chengdu is also a livable and charming city with lower living costs,” Zhong added.


Zhong said that start-up businesses in Chengdu are lucky because local government provides strong support, such as tax and rent reductions, to such companies in their early stage.


Chengdu is not only showing off its charm to businesses but also to talented people. In 2018, 34 professionals named on the Recruitment Programme of Global Experts were drawn to Chengdu. More than 250,000 graduates with bachelor’s degrees or above settled in Chengdu, according to local authorities.


Chengdu’s growth potential has been assessed by many think tanks. The city was upgraded to Beta+, taking it to 71st place on the Globalization and World Cities Research Network list in November.