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Guangdong promotes industrial innovation

Updated: Feb 19, 2024 By Zhou Mo and Wang Xu in Shenzhen, Guangdong China Daily Print
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Guangdong province will step up efforts to promote innovation in industrial technology to push forward with high-quality development, with talent and innovative enterprises playing key roles in the process, Huang Kunming, the province's Party secretary, said on Sunday.

As a major economy and manufacturing hub in South China, Guangdong has abundant resources and strength in scientific and technological innovation, he said, adding that it shoulders important missions and major responsibilities in high-quality development.

"Promoting innovation in industrial technology and developing new productivity boosters are strategic moves and long-term strategies of Guangdong," he said at the Guangdong Provincial High-quality Development Conference in Shenzhen. "And it will certainly be a tough race, endurance race and relay race."

Huang said talent is a "decisive factor" in promoting innovation in industrial technology.

"We should regard talent as a treasure," he said. "The key is to make good use of talented people so that they can shine."

More platforms and opportunities should be created to provide talented people with a large stage to give play to their strengths and benefit from the transformation or transfer of scientific achievements, Huang said.

Yan Ning, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and head of Shenzhen Bay Laboratory, praised the Shenzhen city government's efforts in providing services and guarantees for talent.

Researchers are freed from administrative work and are able to focus fully on innovation, she said, adding that Shenzhen Bay Laboratory and the newly built Shenzhen Medical Academy of Research and Translation have attracted over 70 people with high-end talents to work in and lead the labs.

"I feel so lucky that I'm a builder, not a bystander, in the rapid development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area," Yan said.

Huang said innovative enterprises form the basis of innovation in industrial technology in Guangdong, calling for full support to enterprises to allow them to be protagonists of innovation. He also urged efforts to promote the concentration of innovation resources in high-quality enterprises, and called on government, industry and academia to work together to overcome technological bottlenecks.

"The province will launch a number of major new scientific research projects this year," he said. "It will push forward with technological transformation in 9,000 industrial enterprises and digital transformation in 9,200 major industrial enterprises."

Guangdong is home to more than 18 million business entities and over 75,000 high-tech enterprises. The province's GDP hit 13 trillion yuan ($1.8 trillion) last year, up 4.8 percent year-on-year.

"Without the strong support of Guangdong and Shenzhen, there would be no BYD today," said Wang Chuanfu, the chairman and president of the Shenzhen-based electric carmaker.

It sold more than 3 million new energy vehicles last year, an increase of more than 60 percent, and ranked first in global new energy vehicle sales.

That achievement stemmed from Guangdong's commitment to the manufacturing industry, the accelerated development of new productivity boosters and high-quality development, Wang said.

Li Wenfang in Guangzhou contributed to this story.

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