Liangjiang New Area: An Opening to the Inland

Apr 17, 2013, 04:42 ET from Chongqing Liangjiang New Area

CHONGQING, China, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chongqing's 1st cloud computing data center, the Pacific Telecommunications (Chongqing) Data Center, was put into operation in Liangjiang New Area on March 27. The national cloud computing center, which focuses on offshore data processing, has attracted the Chinese International Electronic Commerce Center, China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile, and will have about 1 million servers in the future.

Liangjiang New Area is on a key stage and expected to intensify reforms to open up to the world, according to Sun Zhengcai, secretary of Chongqing's municipal committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Last year, the new area launched three rounds of "one-hundred-day battle," which involved extending 211 kilometers of roads and building four river-spanning bridges, with a total investment of 41.6 billion yuan.

Infrastructures for logistics, finance, exhibitions and information were also quickly established. More than 300 projects and enterprises associated with processing, logistics, and trade have since flocked to the new area.

Transportation has also been improved; Jiangbei International Airport constructed its third terminal and runway; Guoyuan Port, the largest inland hub of China, completed the principal part of its phase-II construction; Yuxin'ou Railway, which runs from Chongqing to Europe via Xinjiang, is already open to traffic.

Chongqing Liangjiang New Area has grasped the opportunity of international industrial transfer and stepped up the development of new high-end industries. The area has embraced electronic and information industrial clusters, attracting BOE's new semiconductor program and also allowing IT giants like Acer and Asus to increase production and sales volume. Additionally, Liangjiang New Area is now a base for the aviation industry, which saw the introduction of Swiss company Pilatus's new fixed-wing plane and American firm Enstrom's new helicopter.

The area has also transformed and upgraded traditional industries. The 150-year-old Changan Auto saw further expansion, while Honeywell, Hankook, and SGMW relocated to Liangjiang New Area. The area has so far introduced over 900 business clients and boasts 113 Fortune 500 enterprises.

Liangjiang New Area has also boosted the integration of completed machines and components, increasing the localization rate of components to 80 percent.

To speed up applications and certifications, the new area has set up a government affairs center that carries out integrated examination and approval processes.

Local farmers have embraced the changes due to sharp increases in their property incomes through the allocated land-to-leased land policy for resettlement housing construction.

Besides ecological construction, the new area has spared no efforts to boost the integration of industries in the area.

Statistics showed that the GDP, gross output value of large-scale industries, and total import and export value of the new area accounted for 12.9 percent, 20.2 percent and 40.1 percent respectively in 2012.

Based on the opening-up and comprehensive development of Liangjiang New Area, the cargo transfer volume of Chongqing's ports occupied some 40 percent of the total amount.

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