Nation unveils blueprint for Xiangjiang New Area
The National Development and Reform Commission issued a general plan for the Xiangjiang New Area on May 7, specifying its strategic positioning, spatial layout, and development priorities.
The Xiangjiang New Area is the 12th State-level new area and the first in Central China. It is located on the west bank of the Xiangjiang River in Changsha, covering Yuelu district, Wangcheng district, and part of Ningxiang county.
The 490-square-kilometer area is home to three industrial parks, the Changsha National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone, Ningxiang Economic Development Zone, and Wangcheng Economic Development Zone.
According to the plan, the area is positioned to become a high-end manufacturing center, a cluster of creative industries, a demonstration area for urban-rural integration, and a leading area for the nation’s “two-oriented society” construction.
The commission said that construction of Xiangjiang New Area is important to boost the Yangtze River economic belt. It’s also significant in propelling the central region and speeding up the open development of inland areas.
It is expected that, by the year of 2025, the area will see a substantial increase in overall strength with an urbanization rate around 80 percent. The added value of its strategic emerging industries will grow faster than 20 percent per year. It will also provide a sounder modern industrial system and better environment.
The plan specifies six major missions related to cultivating innovation and developing industry.
The Yuelu Mountain Hi-Tech Park in Changsha National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone [Photo by Guo Lijun]
By Zhang Qiong, edited by Andrew Ancheta
Source: Changsha Evening News/rednet.cn