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The Development Zones in Zhejiang Province to Build New High-Capacity Platforms
2018-12-14 09:40:59

The reporter learned from the Opening and Innovation Forum of Zhejiang Development Zones (High-Tech Zones) in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Reform and Opening up held in Hangzhou on December 12th that up to now, the number of development zones with a total industrial output value of over 100 billion yuan has reached 16 in this province. These development zones contributed 1/3 of Zhejiang’s fiscal revenue, 1/2 of total import and export, more than 1/2 of actual foreign fund, and nearly 2/3 of the added value of the industrial enterprises above designated size.

In 1984, the Central Government decided to set up the first batch of 14 national economic and technological development zones. One of them is Ningbo Economic and Technological Development Zone. By the end of 2017, there were 21 state-level economic and technological development zones, 8 zones under special customs supervision, 56 provincial economic development zones, and 6 management units in reference to provincial economic development zones. The province’s economic development zones and their trusteeship areas have developed an area of 2,218 square kilometers, and there were 340,000 enterprises in operation at the end of the period. The development zones have become the main carrier of Zhejiang’s opening up to the outside world, an important engine of economic development, an important base for industrial agglomeration, an important force for technological innovation, and an important platform for the integration of production and city, effectively promoting this province’s opening up to the outside world which is all-round, multi-level, and wide-ranging.

Since the beginning of this year, the construction of the development zones in this province has continued to maintain rapid growth. In May, this province held an opening-up conference, requiring the province’s development zones to work to their maximum potential to build high-capacity opening platforms in the new era. In the first three quarters, the actual utilization of foreign capital in the province’s economic development zones was US$7.05 billion, a year-on-year increase of 9.2%; the total import and export volume was 954.87 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.7%; the fiscal revenue was 307.99 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 17.1%.

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