| On October 24, hundreds of enterprise and government representatives in Ningbo and Shanghai gathered along the Huangpu River for 2017 Ningbo-Shanghai Capital and Enterprise Matchmaking Conference, opening a new page for new-round Shanghai-Ningbo cooperation.|
The conference was hosted by the Ningbo Municipal People's Government, and organized by the Ningbo Municipal Bureau of Economic Cooperation, the Ningbo Municipal Economic and Information Technology Commission[g1] , the Office of the Ningbo Municipal People's Government in Shanghai and the Ningbo Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (NCCS). Compared with previous matchmaking conferences, Ningbo had a more specific goal this year, and focused on the cooperation in the construction of a "Made in China 2025" pilot and demonstration city and a "Belt and Road" comprehensive pilot zone.
As a major international financial center, Shanghai achieved an industrial added value of 476.3 billion yuan last year, accounting for 17.3 percent of Shanghai's GDP. With tens of thousands of angel investment, VC and fund investment institutions, Shanghai is the main battlefield for Ningbo's start-ups to seek investment. With mass university research resources, Shanghai enjoys overwhelming intellectual advantage in strategic emerging industries such as IOT, intelligent manufacturing and biological health. Therefore Ningbo's platforms and enterprises, including Ningbo IOT Industrial Park, Cixi Graphene Industrial Park and Ningbo International Marine Ecological Technology City (NIMETC), flocked into Shanghai in the hope of building enterprise-university-institute cooperation platforms.
At the conference, He Guoqiang, Deputy Secretary of the Party Work Committee of NIMETC and Vice Chairman of the Administrative Committee of NIMETC introduced "Belt and Road" Construction Comprehensive Pilot Zone. In September 2017, the People's Government of Zhejiang Province approved of establishing "Belt and Road" Construction Comprehensive Pilot Zone with Meishan New Area as the core carrier, said him. The main reason that Meishan has become the core carrier of "Belt and Road" Construction Comprehensive Pilot Zone is that Meishan has owned three strategic development platforms: "Belt and Road" Construction Comprehensive Pilot Zone, International Logistics Industry Cluster Zone and Free Port Trade Area, and met corresponding development conditions. In the next period, Meishan will speed up the construction of "one island and five zones". We welcome Shanghai's entrepreneurs to Meishan to join us in building "Belt and Road" Construction Comprehensive Pilot Zone!
"Shanghai has a lot of economic elements and resources, we will achieve something as long as we connect our resources to Shanghai's proactively," said Zheng Yonggang, Chairman of NCCS and Chairman of Shanshan Group in an interview. He will promote the fine tradition of Ningbo merchants supporting Ningbo through NCCS to create a new model for Ningbo-Shanghai cooperation.
Zheng reached a commitment with the Ningbo Municipal People's Government on behalf of NCCS. Under the commitment, NCCS will organize Shanghai's investors and entrepreneurs to visit Ningbo twice a year and Ningbo will send delegations to Shanghai twice a year. Besides, every executive chairman of NCCS will be in charge of a specific field like intelligent manufacturing, IOT or electronic manufacturing. They will exploit social relations and capital resources to gear Ningbo's enterprises to specific projects and support the new-round economic development of Ningbo.