By Yuling Chen, iChongqing
Chongqing Liangjiang New Area has made a breakthrough in international cooperation. What is it? SinoSwiss Technopark (SSTP) offers the answer.
The SSTP Opening Ceremony and 2018 Sino-Swiss Business Incubation Competition Ceremony took place in Chongqing Liangjiang New Area on December 14, 2018. The opening ceremony means the operation of the first phase project worth RMB 1 billion after three years construction.
The park is planned to cover an area of 276 Mu (184,000 m2) with a total building area of 550,000 m2, the first phase project about 190,000 m2. SSTP construction started in December 2015, and it is designed to build into a modern industrial park combing working, research and development, operation, exhibition, and other functions.
This event brought distinguished guests from China, Switzerland, and other countries together. They are Duan Chenggang, Member of the Standing Committee of the Chongqing CPC Municipal Committee, Secretary of the Liangjiang New Area Party Work Committee and Director of the Liangjiang New Area Administrative Committee, Tang Zongwei, Deputy Secretary of the Liangjiang New Area Party Work Committee and Vice Director of the Liangjiang New Area Administrative Committee, Thomas Wagner, Honorary President of the Swiss-Chinese Association and former Mayor of Zurich, Frank Eggman, Consul General of Swiss Consulate in Chengdu, Paul Sives, President of EUCCC Southwest Chapter, and representatives from Chongqing Science and Technology Bureau, Chongqing Municipal Economic & Information Commission, Foreign Affairs Office of Chongqing Municipal People’s Government and relevant enterprises.
Foreign guests addressing here expressed their pleasure to be part of the event and gave their best wishes to SSTP. Mr. Thomas Wagner shared his personal relationship with Chongqing, the sister city of Zurich, and reflected China-Switzerland bilateral relations. He also praised the platform of SSTP and mentioned that cooperation between China and Switzerland has a bright future. Mr. Frank Eggman regarded SSTP as mind-blowing and inspiring, and he said to work together for higher levels here.
In terms of projects, SSTP has established a relationship with more than 200 medium and small-sized enterprises with advanced and leading technologies in Switzerland and beyond. At the same time, an institute for cutting-edge technology, co-founded by top research institutes and universities in China, Switzerland, and France, has been launched. As of now, more than 30 enterprises have operated here.
Moreover, 11 Swiss startups and SMEs took part in the 2018 Sino-Swiss Business Incubation Competition Award Ceremony.
SSTP focuses on six areas, namely aerospace, rail transit, software development, automobile, healthcare as well as energy conservation, environmental protection, and green energy. It aims to realize the incubation and gathering of enterprises capable of researching, developing and applying new technologies, processes, and materials, so as to form an industrial chain integrating R&D, manufacturing and selling.
A source from the Liangjiang New Area said that the opening of SSTP as an important platform from international cooperation is to further open the Liangjiang New Area and Chongqing to the rest of the world.
In order to boost SSTP development, the park operator has established operating and service system for financing, investment, market matchmaking, intellectual property and etc. “All services can be applied via SSTP APP, which will provide a favorable soft environment for businesses operating here,” said an official from the park.
In addition, the Liangjiang New Area has been proactively promoting the international industrial cooperation parks with Germany, South Korea, and Japan.
It enhances international cooperation in research and development, production and operation, services and the Internet, trade, and logistics, capital flow and talent services.
SinoSwiss Technopark is located in the Liangjiang New Area, Chongqing, China. As one of the key international business parks in the Liangjiang New Area, SinoSwiss Technopark is supported and guided by the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government and Liangjiang New Area Administrative Committee. The RMB 2 billion, 190,000 m2 green low-rise and town-house styled park provides a state of the art range of diversified business, research and development spaces for Swiss and global companies, especially high-tech SMEs. It is also set to become a major center for the local incubation of joint ventures with the potential to see massive growth in the Chinese market.
Liangjiang New Area http://english.liangjiang.gov.cn/
SinoSwiss Technopark http://www.sinoswiss-technopark.com/english/