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Zero tariff for 94% products from Taiwan from 2012

News came from Ningbo Customs on January 2 that according to the cross-strait ECFA, the second phase of tariff reduction for cargo trade early harvest products started from January 1, 2012. It is said that besides the 30 items whose tariff will be reduced from 15% to 5%, over 94% of the total early harvest products will assume zero tariff. In terms of specific categories, zero tariff will be achieved for all the imported products from Taiwan in metallurgy, medicine, instruments and car accessories. Besides, most agricultural products and most products in light industry, chemical industry, textile, electronic and machinery will also achieve zero tariff.

As a major mainland port for trade with Taiwan, Ningbo ranks No. 1 in 2011 in terms of import goods volume with the framework of ECFA. The importers have felt the actual benefits brought about by ECFA with the import of over 130 kinds of products

Transformation and upgrading of enterprises to be promoted

After five years' construction, the top ten public technology service platforms were finally completed and put into operation on December 31. Those platforms, whose building was led by the government, cover all the aspects of transformation and development of enterprises, such as information consultation, technological innovation, quality examination and market development. There is no doubt that they will serve as a powerful engine to promote the transformation and upgrading of enterprises in Ningbo.

"Supported and guaranteed by the public service platforms, we are to go further to improve the innovative chain, to optimize the innovative resources, to cut the innovative cost and to enhance the innovative efficiency." said Yu Hongyi, member of the Standing Committee of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Vice-mayor of Ningbo.

Breaking the bottleneck of industrial upgrading

During the 11th Five-year Plan Period, guided by the scientific development concept, Ningbo achieved a lot in terms of promoting industrial upgrading and adjusting industrial structure. However, the extensive mode of growth featuring high investment and consumption with low technology and low efficiency has not been fundamentally changed. The lack of fundamental technology platforms and the imperfection of the innovative service system are the major constraints on the improvement of the innovative capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises. During the 11th Five-year Plan Period, a batch of public technology service platforms was constructed. With a strong regional feature, these platforms mainly provided service for the local massive economy instead of for the whole industrial structure optimizing.

In order to gather the innovative resources ad break the bottleneck of industrial upgrading, Ningbo has begun to engage in the government-led construction of the top ten public technology service platforms since 2006.

Investing a billion yuan into the platform construction

The aim of constructing public technology service platform is to benefit the optimal allocation of the technological innovative resources, to realize the sharing of the innovative resources, and to cut construction and operation cost. To achieve this goal, Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Ningbo Government decided to build the top ten public technology service platforms in Ningbo Research and Development Park. To be specific, the platforms are as follows: he city public technology service platform of food security, the city public technology platform of special equipments, the city public technology service platform of drug and medical instruments, the city public technology service platform of 3C compulsory certification, the city standardization public technology service platform, the city national quality public technology service platform, the city measurement public technology service platform, the city public technology service platform of energy-saving and consumption-reducing, the city public service platform of comprehensive technology service and technology literature retrieval, and the city public technology service platform of software technology.

Over the last five years, in accordance with the mentality of "government driven, self developing, resource sharing, channel opening and pluralistic funding", Ningbo has been promoting the construction of the ten platforms with a total investment of one billion yuan.

Providing services 15,000 times for enterprises

Six out of the ten platforms are constructed by Ningbo Quality Supervision Bureau. Recently, the six platforms including those for standardization, measurement, 3C certification, special equipments, food security and national quality examining center made their debut in the public technology service park of Ningbo Quality Supervision Bureau.

It is reported that with the 187 social public measurement standards, 660 measurement examination and calibration projects, examining capacity for approximately 2500 products or parameters, examining projects for 43 special equipments and five national quality inspection centers, the need for local inspection can be satisfied.

In the past few years, by actively responding to such accidents as melamine, dyed buns, lean meat powder, fake pepper power and plasticizer, the platforms have provided powerful technological support for related law-enforcing departments. So far, the service of the platforms has radiated to Zhoushan, Taizhou, Jinhua and Lishui.

Statistics show that by the end of 2011, the ten platforms had provided services 15000 times for enterprises during its construction and development.

Building over 100 platforms

To accelerate the construction of public technology service platforms is an effective way to improve the regional innovative and entrepreneurial environment. It will further alleviate the relative shortage of public technology service resources and speed up the innovative city construction.

According to the preliminary statistics, during the 11th Five-year Plan Period, in addition to the top ten platforms, the municipal-level investment is directed to build over one hundred public service platforms. A public service platform system covering all aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation of enterprises has been built

Ningbo received an order of 23.7 billion CNY from centrally administered SOEs

On Dec.26, 117 centrally administered SOEs gathered in Hangzhou for an investment fair.  52 cooperative projects were signed between Zhejiang and the SOEs, with a total contractual value of 272.06 billion CNY. Ningbo scored five contracts, worth 23.7 billion CNY, taking the second place in Zhejiang.
The Ningbo reform and development commission that attended the strategic cooperation memorandum signed between SASAC and Zhejiang and the investment fair said the four SOEs which signed contracts with Ningbo were Overseas Chinese Town Group (OCT), China Resources Group, China Chengtong Metal Group and China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd., respectively.
In addition, it is learned from Yinzhou District that three of the five contracts were signed with Yinzhou District. Besides their cooperation on super capacitor and tunnel equipment with China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd, what was worth noting was their cooperation on developing Taoyuanwan Scenic Area with Overseas Chinese Town Group.
Taoyuanwan, lying in the border of Jishigang town and Hengjie town, with villages of Simingshan and Shengjia, bounds in beautiful scenes and is expected to become one of important leisure spots of Ningbo.
The OCT Group, starting from a stretch of mud flat beside Shenzhen Bay, has become a large-scale state-owned corporation engaged in cross-sector and cross-industry undertakings. Now it has fostered three leading major businesses, namely real estate, tourism and hotel development.
It is learned from Fu Chengyu, president of SINOPEC, that SINOPEC will invest over 80 billion CNY in Zhejiang Province during the “12th five year plan” period, mainly in oil refining project, ethylene project, LNG and the selling network of oil product.

The general manager of China Chengtong Metal Group Guo Cuiping said that the Zhejiang marine economic development has become the national strategy was an excellent opportunity for Chengtong and Ningbo. Accelerating the modern logistics will become one important impetus to the marine economic development.
Sources said in this investment fair Ningbo was the second biggest winner only after Zhoushan. Zhoushan signed cooperation contracts worth about 36.6 billion CNY.
It is learned that during the “11th five year plan” period Zhejiang signed strategic cooperation framework with 44 SOEs with a value of 1297.4 billion CNY. Zhejiang has introduced 246 billion CNY investments, ranging from energy, petrifaction, transportation, machine equipment to IT and cultural creativity industry

Six New Urban Areas to Be Built in Coming Five Years

The municipal government submitted the Construction Plan of Ningbo (2011-2015) to the 36th session of the Standing Committee of Ningbo Municipal People's Congress for deliberation on December 26. According to the plan, six new urban areas will be under construction during the Twelfth Five-Year Plan Period, which include the New Eastern Urban Area (NEUA), Yaojiang New Area in Jiangbei, Yinzhou New Urban Area,Zhenhai New Urban Area, Binhai New Urban Area in Beilun and Dongqian Lake Resort. The construction of 36 urban key functional zones will also be undertaken. According to the plan, the permanent population in the central urban areas will reach 3.3 million till 2015, including 1.6 million registered residents and 1.7 million transient population. The new construction land will total 61.3 km2 including 39.25 km2 in the three-river area, 17.72 km2 in Beilun and 4.33 km2 in Zhenhai. The per capita construction land is to reach 100.3 m2.According to the plan, the reconstruction of the old city and the expansion of the new urban areas will be carried out at the same time. The plan outlines the range, the objectives and measures of the reconstruction. Meanwhile, the upgrading project of the “Three Rivers and Six Banks” axis will be advanced so as to forge a modern city with the high-end service functions, cultural and residential services

Energy consumption per 10,000 CNY of GDP to be cut by 18.5%

The Ningbo Municipal Economic and Information Technology Commission said on Dec.26 that the 12th Five-Year Special Plan on Energy Conservation in Ningbo has been issued. It stipulates that by the end of the 12th five-year period the energy consumption per 10000 CNY of GDP will be further reduced by 8.5% as against 2010, equal to the energy of 5 million tons of standard coal.
The plan proposes that by 2015 per unit consumption of main industrial products in Ningbo shall reach the Chinese advanced level or the international advanced level at the beginning of this century. The energy efficiency of new energy consumption equipment should reach the international advanced level. The city shall build and better energy conservation laws, regulations, standard system, policy guarantee mechanisms and technology service systems to form an energy conservation system featured in being government-driven, enterprise-led and wide participation.
During the 12th Five-Year Plan Period, guided by the goals of building a resource conservation and environment-friendly society, the city government will aim to fulfill the following four tasks: speed up restructuring and accelerate transformation; strengthen source control and the oversight of energy conservation; eliminate outdated mode of energy production and consumption; increase the investment of R&D and promote the application of technology. The energy conservation activities will be promoted in industry, construction, transportation, public institution and other fields

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