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Putuo thrives as hotspot for business investment

By YUAN SHENGGAO | China Daily Global | Updated:Nov 4, 2020

Shanghai district will be heavily involved at CIIE as its international commerce continues to expand rapidly

Shanghai's Putuo district has vowed to build itself into an ideal destination for global investment with a favorable business environment.

As Shanghai develops into a globally influential center for science innovation, Putuo will be included in that development, said Jiang Dongdong, director of the district.

The four key fields of Putuo's future development are intelligent software, research and development service, science and technology finance, and life and healthcare, Jiang said.

One of the central areas in Shanghai, Putuo has a prime location near the Hongqiao international transport hub in Puxi and Pudong International Airport.

The pleasant living environment, rich cultural resources and advanced infrastructure create unique conditions for the development of multinational companies.

Putuo has attracted more than 1,600 multinational companies to the district. By the end of September, the district had brought in some $1.06 billion foreign investment, up over 18.7 percent year-on-year.

Jiang said district officials expect foreign investment will exceed $1.2 billion for the full year, with double-digit growth year-on-year.

Putuo has released a series of favorable policies in recent years to support scientific innovation, intelligent manufacturing, robotics, internet and enterprise development.

These policies provide a better environment for business investment and create a good atmosphere for scientific and technological innovation, Jiang said.

Putuo district is home to 16 industrial parks, which cover the fields of science and technology, modern services, culture and creation, manufacturing and logistics. There are 79 key commercial buildings with a total area of more than 6 million square meters for leasing in this district.

A slew of incentive policies have Putuo officials hoping to attract high-end talents and education talents. Helping that cause are the district's two innovation bases-China Israel Innovation Park and Shanghai Tsinghua International Innovation Center.

The COVID-19 outbreak prompted Putuo officials to connect with key multinational companies and learn about the difficulties raised by the pandemic.

The district issued 12 policies and a special task force to help enterprises return to work as the virus spread became more contained.

Putuo is home to 24 headquarters of multinational companies, such as Metro and Unity. More new headquarters of other multinational companies are expected to be completed in the district next year.

Jiang said the biggest challenge is further improving the district's business environment.

In addition to strengthening the construction of intelligent buildings, transportation and environmental greening, the district is also working to formulate industrial policies that are more suitable for the new economy.

Jiang said Putuo is preparing for the third China International Import Expo, which officials see as a valuable opportunity to show off Putuo to the world and boost local investment. Officials have also helped more than 4,000 professional visitors register for the expo.

In addition to arranging a number of trade investment promotion activities during the CIIE, the district will launch three visiting routes for investors to explore. The routes include tours to learn about Suzhou River culture and fashion, science and technology finance, and international innovation demonstration.

Using the spillover effect of CIIE, the district hopes that more multinational companies will turn their eye to Putuo and receive more opportunities in this area, officials said.

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Clockwise from top: Putuo district in Shanghai is home to 16 industrial parks in the fields of science and technology, modern services, culture and creation, manufacturing and logistics. Staff members discuss work plans at French industrial group Schneider Electric's plant in Putuo district. The view of Taopu Smart City in the district. Zhenru Temple is a must-see site in Putuo district. CHINA DAILY

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