The Fuzhou Government held a working conference on Dec 25 outlining major development tasks for next year.
The city will accelerate the construction of Fuzhou New District, especially in road construction and the upgrading of a series of municipal facilities, and strive to apply for a national new area.
Fuzhou will take advantage of Fujian being designated as a free trade zone by exploring innovations in mechanisms and reforms in many industries, such as investment attractions, trade, customs clearance, marine transport and the financial sector.
Fuzhou will accelerate industrial upgrading and transformation by adding at least 60 major projects and 120 large enterprises to cultivate a 100-billion-yuan industrial cluster and five 50-billion-yuan enterprises.
Finance, tourism, modern logistics, e-commerce, cultural creation, headquarters economy and exhibition & conference will be the highlights next year, as Fuzhou aims to become a cross-border e-commerce pilot zone and a “capital of the exhibition and conference industry in southeast China”.
The marine economy will be promoted, as Fuzhou eyes to build an international sea food distribution and trading hub. It will also speed up development of five emerging industries including cloud computing, the Internet of Things, rail transit construction, general aviation manufacturing and intelligent equipment manufacturing.
In the meantime, Fuzhou will increase communication and cooperation with Taiwan. Besides promoting cross-border e-commerce, it will boost offshore financial business and set up business startup funds, all of which are about to apply to become a national demonstration zone for cross-Straits cooperation.
In terms of urban environment construction, Fuzhou will transform or demolish 70 shanty towns covering a total area of 4.7 million sq meters. 100 old residential communities and 10 parks in the urban district will be spruced up.
Authorities will speed up traffic construction which includes an underground rail transit system, expanding parking lots by adding 1,000 parking spaces and at least one mechanical parking system in every district.