Promotion Conference for 2018 Wuhou District Investment Environment
Respected leaders, guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning everyone!
It is an honor to have such a chance to discuss with everyone about Wuhou's development and to jointly plan for Wuhou's future. Next, I will provide a brief introduction with focuses on the development overview, investment environment, industrial deployments and long-term plan of Wuhou District.
Part I Development Overview of Chengdu and Wuhou District
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, China's only famous historical and cultural city to remain at the same location and maintain the same name throughout its history of more than two thousand years, and a nationally vital economic center, science and technology center, financial center, cultural creativity center, foreign affairs center and comprehensive transportation and communication hub. Chengdu administers a total territory of 14,300 square kilometers and an actual population of approximately 20 million. Chengdu is China's eighth city to have recorded more than RMB one trillion in economic output, and has been the winner of many accolades such as the top spot on the list of 15 "new tier one" cities, the "Happiest City in China," "Most Suitable City of New Economic Development" and "Most Attractive Chinese City for Investment".
Wuhou District is one of Chengdu's central districts and was named after the eponymous Wuhou Shrine within its territory. Wuhou District administers an area of 76.56 square kilometers and a permanent resident population of 1.43 million. Wuhou is a hi-tech and cultural district as announced by the State Council and a socio-economic development leading district in central and western China. In recent years, Wuhou has garnered numerous honors such as "Urban District (City) with Most Investment Value in Chinese Building Economy" and "Advanced County (City, District) in Promoting Non-state Economic Development in Sichuan Province".
Part II Investment Environment Advantages of Wuhou District
High quality economic development. In 2017, the whole district realized gross regional product of RMB 97.24 billion, and recorded general public budget income of RMB 6.52 billion; in 2018 gross regional product will definitely surpass the hundred billion-yuan threshold, and general public budget income will surely exceed the ten billion-yuan mark. Wuhou District's comprehensive targets assessments ranked first for three consecutive years among Chengdu's main urban districts; non-state economy comprehensive capacity leads Sichuan Province for 11 straight years; and the annual number of newly registered enterprises has secured the top spot among all five old urban districts for 14 years in a row.
Strong scientific and technical strength. Wuhou District is a "national science and technology progress model district" and a "national intellectual property rights strong district program trial district". Within the district are more than ten renowned institutions of higher education like Sichuan University, over 130 scientific research institutes, as well as 216 high and new technology companies, while almost 20,000 patent applications are submitted each year; Wuhou is also home to 24 experts and four teams in the national "thousand talents plan," Sichuan provincial "thousand talents plan" or Chengdu "talent plan," and the quality and size of human capital here are both among the forefront in Chengdu. In 2017, after evaluation and approval by the State Intellectual Property Office, Wuhou was officially named a "national intellectual property rights strong district program model district," the only county (district) in Chengdu's five urban districts to have earned this honor.
Developed social undertakings. Medical care and healthcare efforts have developed into leadership positions, and throughout the district there are 1,024 medical and healthcare organizations of various levels, including a total of 12 Grade 3 hospitals like West China Hospital, Sichuan University and Hospital of Stomatology Sichuan University, as well as a number of provincial-level and leading medical institutions like the Cancer Hospital Affiliate to School of Medicine of UESTC and the Sichuan Provincial Orthopedic Hospital. There are nearly a hundred medical cosmetology organizations in the district, accounting for 52% of the city's total, including the likes of Sichuan Xichan Plastic Surgery and Chengdu Nova Artez, which possess relatively high degree of recognition and brand influence throughout the province and city. Within Wuhou District there are 8.75 doctors per thousand persons, 10.05 nurses per thousand persons and 14.46 hospital beds per thousand persons, all of which are equal to norms in developed nations. The district's basic education standards continue to climb, and Wuhou is home to 77 high quality middle schools and elementary schools such as Chengdu Xichuan Middle School and Chengdu Longjiang Road Primary School, as well as 158 kindergartens of all sorts, and in the future openings in public and public welfare kindergartens will provide more than 90% coverage for the population. Wuhou has been named "national education comprehensive reform experimental district" and "national regional education balanced development unique model district".
Excellent governmental affairs services. In terms of administrative approval and governmental affairs services, which are paramount to companies, in 2008 Wuhou District became one of the first in the nation to set up an Administrative Approval Bureau and constructed western China's largest and most informatized district governmental affairs service center (New Citizens Center), thereby became recognized as "national relatively concentrated administrative license trial district" and "national administrative service standardization model district". At present, China's first innovative "single gateway" governmental affairs service platform has been built, and major projects can obtain the necessary license or permit within the same day through the district's green channels. The district has also actualized "AI-based assessment and approval" service and has promoted progress in the "Internet Plus governmental affairs service" model in order to enable users to "only need to go through one door" and "make only one trip" to get things done.
Extensive opened cooperation. A total of 98 Fortune Global 500 corporations such as Prudential of the United Kingdom, Aetna of the United States and Groupama Avic Insurance have established their presence in Wuhou District, accounting for approximately 35% of Fortune Global 500 corporations in Chengdu. More than a thousand foreign-funded enterprises from nations and regions like the United Kingdom and Singapore have set up offices in the district, and the number of renowned large companies is listed among the top echelon of Chengdu. The district plays host to several foreign consulates including those of the United States, Germany and Thailand, the Tongzilin area boasts the highest concentration of foreigners in the city, and Wuhou is home to about a quarter of Chengdu's total foreigner permanent resident population. Wuhou created southwestern China's first foreigner service center, which offers a multitude of convenient services such as processing visa applications.
Highly accessible transportation. Wuhou District's regional position advantage is obvious, as it is merely ten minutes by car from Shuangliu International Airport, and it is the starting point for the pair of airport-bound subway lines for both Shuangliu Airport and Tianfu International Airport (Metro Line 10 and Line 18). The Metro network crisscrosses around the district, including 16 lines and 51 stations, and the density of subway access is among one of the highest in Chengdu. The district has formed a "seven straight and seven across" artery roadway network, including major thoroughfares like South Renmin Road, Jialing Road and Wuhou Avenue, as well as more than a hundred public bus routes.
Abundant carrier resources. The entire district has 105 upscale business and commercial buildings that total 7.1324 million square meters in area. Of which, there are two Grade Super A office towers as represented by Raffles City, five Grade A office buildings as represented by Huayu - Rong Guo Fu, 14 distinct professional buildings such as Pieyu Caifu International's "international medical professional building" and Shangshan International's "financial services professional building," and has cultivated ten buildings that generate over RMB 100 million in tax income such as the Ping'an Wealth Center. In the next few years, Wuhou will offer more than 8,000 mu of land on the market, and especially following the relocation of the Taipingsi Airport and the 5,701 factory, a substantial amount of area will become available in the district, and the bottleneck of space availability will transform into an advantage. In 2018, over 1,000 mu of land can be allotted for industrial development.
Part III Industrial Planning and Deployment Conditions of Wuhou District
Wuhou District will adhere to the "one pillar industry, one guiding leader, one supportive policy, one development fund, one advancement organization" working principal, take an active stance in constructing the "4211" industrial system, and focus on developing the three modern business and commerce pillar industries, namely cultural creativity, greater healthcare and financial e-commerce.
"4" refers to the establishment of four major industrial ecosystems, "2" denotes reinforcing the two primary industrial supports of scientific and technological innovation and international business, and the first "1" signifies cultivating new economic development impetus, while the second "1" indicates accelerating the development of headquarters economy. Next, I will focus on an introduction about Wuhou District's four major industrial ecosystems.
The first one is the cultural creativity industrial ecosystem. According to the "one city" (Three Kingdoms Shu and Han City), "one belt" (City Ring Ecotourism Belt), "one workshop" (Chengdu Music Workshop) and "one port" (Sichuan International Cultural Talents Port) industrial spatial configuration, emphasis will be placed on developing cultural creativity industries such as music, film and television media, cultural tourism and digital entertainment, and stress on forging the "Home of the Three Kingdoms, Tianfu Cultural Core" cultural creativity brand. By 2021, the goal is to possess more than 5,000 organizations in the market and over RMB 16 billion in added value. Wuhou District offers a reward of up to five million yuan to a single project in the cultural creativity industry.
The second one is the greater health industry ecosystem. With the establishment of the "one valley" (Huaxi Rim International Wisdom Medicine Valley), "one belt" (Dahecang - Jinyang Smart Medicine Belt) and "one zone" (Western Smart Innovation Rim Healthcare Integration Zone) as guidance, steps will be taken to fully capitalize on the resource advantages of the 12 Grade 3 hospitals such as Huaxi Hospital. Efforts will be focused on key areas like high-end medical care, health management and intelligent health, and actions will be made to accelerate the establishment of a batch of key projects such as national biotherapy transformation medicine, and gradually build up a sophisticated and structurally sound medical care service system and a high-end industrial system with complete functions and high-end clustering. By 2021, the total size of the industry shall reach RMB 37 billion while added value will break through the RMB 13 billion mark. Wuhou District offers a reward of up to RMB 10 million to a single project in the greater health industry.
The third one is the financial industry ecosystem. With the South Renmin Road cultural creativity and finance industries concentration zone as the core, highlight the uniqueness in greater health finance, actively introduce functional headquarters of financial institutions and intermediary service organizations, emphatically develop emerging financial fields such as science and technology finance, green finance and consumer finance, and strive to forge the key pole and core to the "financial center of western China". By 2021, the added value of this ecosystem shall pass RMB 26.5 billion. Wuhou District offers a reward of up to RMB 50 million to a single project in the financial industry.
The fourth one is the e-commerce industry ecosystem. Relying on the construction of the e-commerce concentration zone at Wuhou New-City as beacon, and leveraging on major projects such as JD.com's southwestern China headquarters as cornerstone, focus will be placed on developing creative e-commerce, finance e-commerce and other new business formats, and endeavors will be dedicated to forging a new templates for the Chengdu "shopping paradise". By 2021, transaction value will surpass RMB 120 billion, and online retail shall record more than RMB 60 billion. Wuhou District offers a reward of up to RMB 3 million to a single project in the e-commerce industry.
Part IV Key Sections and Project Development Plan of Wuhou District
Based on the four-tiered planning of Wuhou District, in the future our key zones can be summed as a trio of "three". These are "three waters in the surrounding," as in the area encompassed and served by the Jin River, Qingshi River and Jiang'an River; "three axes in support," as in the utilization of mass rapid transit as spearhead in the formation of three development axes in South Renmin Road, Chuanzang Road and Wuqing Road; "three centers in guidance," as in focusing efforts on development the Rennan Center, Wuhou New-City Center and the future Taipingsi Center. At the same time, in accordance with requirements on uniqueness and differentiation, undertakings will be devoted to the high-quality establishment of the following seven major zones:
(I) Huaxi Rim International Wisdom Medicine Valley zone. Encompassed by the Jin River, South Renmin Road, 1st Ring Road and Jiangxi Street, it is a critical pole and core conducive to the development of the greater health industry in Wuhou District. At present, Wuhou has already signed strategic cooperation agreements with "one school and four institutes" within the district, and focus will be placed on the deployment, development and joint establishment of industries such as precision medicine and smart medicine. Wuhou will strive to forge a greater health industrial chain that incorporates "medical care, rehabilitation, health, management" in one so as to position ourselves as a nationally well-known greater health industry concentration zone.
(II) Three Kingdoms Shu and Han City zone. With Wuhou Shrine and Jinli at the heart, this zone will take the lead in forging a "Three Kingdoms cultural center" in partnership with the surrounding areas. Wuhou District will further harness the resources in the Three Kingdoms heritage in order to drive the integrated growth of culture, tourism and commerce, and to pragmatically create an extremely influential Three Kingdoms culture tourist destination and a unique cultural tourism development zone pivotal to Chengdu.
(III) Cultural Creativity South Shore zone. Relying on the historical and cultural resources on the southern shore of the Jin River, prolifically forge a waterside cultural creativity belt that is "culturally and artistically elegant and delicate, mutually complementary in city and scenery". In the future, we will incorporate the construction of the Jin River Greenway and extensively create a series of historically and culturally unique tourist attractions like the Chengdu Music Workshop, Wangjiang Pavilion Park and 1906 Military-Civilian Integrated Creative Factory so as to emphatically form a world-class waterside space that is "opened, connected and featuring integration between production, life and ecology".
(IV) Rennan Avenue zone. This is an "international reception hall" energetically forged by Wuhou District and will assemble functions such as financial headquarters, international business and international communication. We will rely on Rennan area's relatively developed cultural creativity and financial industries as foundation, accelerate the construction of a TOD comprehensive hub with the Chengdu South Railway Station as the core, plan to forge new landmarks of the city, and become an "international city reception hall" that gathers upscale commerce, coordinates with international communities and showcases the city's charisma.
(V) Sichuan-Tibet Silk Road zone. This is a crucial urban axis that links up regions like Wuhou Shrine, Hongpailou and Taiping Temple. We will make full use of the intersection of three Metro lines in the zone, as well as its regional positioning advantage for being adjacent to Shuangliu International Airport, connect with Jialing Road, Joy City and other vital nodes, focus on developing high-end subway commerce, airport-side commerce and business, modern creative offices and other upscale business models, and form a new regional center of vitality. At the same time, based upon the zone's high starting point, we will plan and forge a Taipingsi Airport zone in order to create a "city gateway" where access from the airport into Wuhou District will be quick and convenient.
(VI) Wuhou Scientific Innovation City zone. A regional industrial development zone and high-end talents innovation and entrepreneurship model base with e-commerce and information technology in the lead, efforts will be made to forge an airport-side innovative economic and industrial corridor, establish a green and low-carbon city model zone of high standards, truly realize the integrated development between industry, city and citizens, and accomplish the goal of "building another Western China Wisdom Valley".
(VII) City Rim Ecology Key zone. By capitalizing on the natural ecology foundation of Jiang'an River, concentrate energy on forging an "ecological green chain". In the future, we will leverage on the establishment of major projects such as the Tianfu Hibiscus Garden, Shuiyun Tianfu and Agricultural and Gardening Arts Expo, incorporate a multitude of functions such as cultural creativity, leisure and tourism, form a "giant forest park" and "city oxygen bar" that revolves around innovative cultural tourism, low carbon model and environmental protection, and reimagine a landscape whereby "the Hibiscus City is lush with greenery, the Brocade Officer city is plush with flowers, the Land of Abundance is nurtured by the water".
In the aforementioned key zones, Wuhou District plans to construct a series of ten billion yuan-, five billion yuan- and two billion yuan-projects such as the southwestern China headquarters of iQiyi and Wuhou Finance, Cultural Creativity and Health Industries Complex. Everyone is welcome to stay tuned and participate actively into the construction and development of Wuhou.
Ladies and gentlemen, Wuhou is a fertile land that is blessed with ancient wisdom, filled with vitality and full of opportunities. It is with sincere hope that everyone pays attention to Wuhou, invests in Wuhou, take root in Wuhou and share new development opportunities. We will strive to cultivate a top-notch business and operation environment, and provide a full spectrum of services that will span the entire duration of your company's expansion in Wuhou, so let us speak heart to heart, form a long-term rapport based on integrity, and join hands to plan for growth and win the future!
Thank you all for your time!