On June 27, 2015, the State Council formally approved the establishment of the Nanjing Jiangbei New Area. The New Area became the first and only state-level new area in Jiangsu Province and the 13th in China. In the past two years, in line with the national strategic orientation, Nanjing Jiangbei New Area aims to become a hub for innovation, a cluster of modern industries in the Yangtze River Delta region, a demonstration area for new-type urbanization and a major platform for opening-up and cooperation in the Yangtze River Economic Belt. Jiangbei New Area has actively integrated itself into the Belt and Road and the Yangtze River Economic Belt initiatives, aiming at the goal of creating a cradle of future innovation, a pioneer zone and an important growth pole in Jiangsu province, striving to generate good results from “new” concepts. Highlights have been witnessed in many areas, including institutional innovation, industry development, urban development and people’s livelihood.
Economic strength is growing. In 2016, regional GDP totaled 183.963 billion yuan, an increase of 8.5% over the previous year; revenue in the general public budgets totaled 20.819 billion yuan, up 17.9% over last year; industrial enterprises above the designated size achieved a total output value of 398.874 billion yuan; the fixed-asset investment of whole society totaled 156.331 billion yuan; and the retail sales of consumer goods totaled 68.373 billion yuan. In the first half of 2017, it is projected that the regional GDP, revenue in the general public budgets, total fixed-asset investment, the total output value of industrial enterprises above the designated size, the total amount of imports and exports, and the actual utilization of foreign capital will increase by 9.5%, 12.4%, 8.5% and 14.6%, 36.5% and 34.3%, respectively. Jiangbei New Area will maintain a rapid growth trend in economic and social development.
Innovation ecosystem is being optimized. The Ten Policy Measures of Nanjing Jiangbei New Area for Promotion of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the “Lark Program” targeting innovative science and technology SMEs were developed and implemented. The enterprises concerned may enjoy guidance investment of up to 20 million yuan from Jiangbei New Area’s Science and Technology Innovation Fund. Moreover, up to five million yuan of investment will be provided to related enterprises. There will be stronger support in introduction of talents, construction of maker space, technology and finance and other aspects. A series of favorable policies will help a large number of scientific innovation incubators and maker spaces to grow rapidly.
High-end resources are converging at an accelerated pace. The Sino-German Institute of Intelligent Manufacturing was established in cooperation with German Fraunhofer IPK Institute. The Life Sustainability Research Center was set up in joint efforts with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of USA. The University of Cambridge China (Nanjing) Scientific Innovation Center is being prepared with support from UK’s University of Cambridge. Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute and other high-end innovation platforms have settled down in Jiangbei New Area.
Coordination mechanism is improving. A university alliance was set up to include 11 colleges and universities in Jiangbei New Area. The High Performance Computing Center of Nanjing University settled here. The Integrated Circuit Industry Service Center was established in cooperation with Southeast University. The Meteorological Industrial Park project of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology and other cooperation projects are progressing at an accelerated pace. A strategic cooperation agreement was signed with the Intellectual Property Office of Jiangsu Province to build a “model new area in which intellectual property rights lead innovation-driven development.” Strategic framework agreements were signed successively with the Jiangsu branches of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to jointly develop a “Smart New Area”.
Full support is given to building a new high ground of industry clusters, with emphasis on leading industries. In combination with the industrial base and resources of Jiangbei New Area, a “4+2” modern industrial system was established, which incorporates four major advanced manufacturing sectors: intelligent manufacturing, life and health, new materials and high-end equipment manufacturing as well as two key producer service sectors: modern logistics and science and technology service. Great efforts have been made in cultivating and growing 100-billion-yuan-grade industry clusters such as integrated circuits, bio-medicine and new energy vehicles.
Standing at the new historical starting point, Jiangbei New Area will center on the “Two Focuses, One High-level Completion” objectives of Jiangsu province and the “One High-level Building, Six Significant Improvements” objectives of Nanjing municipality, seize opportunities, forge ahead with determination, make enhanced efforts in practical work, and march forward in the forefront of developing a new Nanjing that boasts strong economy, rich residents, beautiful environment and high ethical standards.