Sci-Tech Innovation Centers with International Influence Bolstered
Pudong seen from the Bund. (PHOTO：VCG)
BY CHEN Chunyou
On July 27, at the press conference on providing strong scientific and technological support for building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, Wang Zhigang, Minister of Science and Technology, said that the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) will be continuing to support the building of sci-tech innovation centers with an international influence in Beijing, Shanghai and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. These centers will be a driving force for high-quality development. At the same time, the government plans to actively promote the role of the 21 national independent innovation demonstration zones and 169 national hi-tech zones.
"In the historical process of completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, the role of scientific and technological innovation has become increasingly prominent. The scientific and technological strength and innovation capability have greatly improved, which is both an important indicator of and a key support for completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects," said Wang.
In terms of guiding the innovative development of regions with advantages, the government will actively promote the construction of regional innovation highlands, and encourage the regions that can afford to take the lead in achieving innovation-driven development. According to Wang, the research and development investment of enterprises in the hi-tech zones account for 50 percent of the total investment of enterprises in China, and the GDP created in the zones account for more than 12 percent of the total GDP. The per capita labor productivity is three times higher than that of the whole society, and the comprehensive energy consumption of 10,000 RMB added value is two thirds of the country's average level.
In addition, the MOST launched an initiative to drive high quality employment through technological entrepreneurship last year, providing 167,000 scientific research assistant positions, and providing up to 150,000 new job opportunities in incubator institutions and enterprises. More than 2.3 million college students benefited from this action.
Wang said that the MOST will continue to support the building of international sci-tech innovation centers in Beijing, Shanghai, and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in the next phase, in accordance with the deployment of the central government, through which to promote coordinated regional development and high-quality development.
In February 2021，Xu Jing, the director of the Department of Strategy and Planning of the MOST, said that during the 14th Five-Year Plan period, the layout of major national innovation bases and platforms should be strengthened and efforts should be made to deepen science and technology system reforms and policy innovation.
It is hoped that the three regions play a leading role in policy innovation, carry out more research, and promote sound interaction and integration among science and technology, industries and finance, taking the lead in becoming a cradle of scientific and technological innovation and a driving force for high quality development in China.