Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City: A Thriving Hub for Innovation and Progress
Foshan China 2023-11-08 15:58

Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City is capturing hearts, not just with its picturesque waterside views and impeccable amenities, but with its youthful energy and global outlook.

This remarkable platform, a strategic gem, crafted by the Foshan Municipal Party Committee and Government, plays a pivotal role in Foshan's deep engagement with the Guangdong-Hong King-Macao Greater Bay Area and its commitment to the "Guangzhou-Foshan Pinnacle" development. At the 13th Second Plenary Session of the Foshan Municipal Party Committee, the vision of building a "One Area, One Park, One City" initiative was unveiled, making Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City the epicenter of technological innovation.

In recent times, Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City has been on a mission to bolster its innovation capacity, rapidly enhance infrastructure, and attract a wealth of top-tier talent, technological expertise, and innovative projects. It's no wonder that businesses and individuals alike have recognized the city's core potential, discerning the promise of investment and enterprise development. Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City is not just a city but a beacon that attracts international talents, a fertile ground for innovative entrepreneurship, and a place where dreams come to life.

A Focus on Investment Attraction

Following successful engagements at the Shanghai Industrial Conference and the Guangzhou Investment Promotion Conference, the Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City Management Committee embarked on another mission, this time to Chengdu. Their objective was to conduct on-site research, establish partnerships, and explore avenues for development.

From October 19 to 20, Pan Dongsheng, the Director of the Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City Management Committee, led a delegation to Chengdu in Sichuan Province. They engaged with enterprises, explored industrial zones, and delved into investment opportunities. These efforts aimed to bring high-quality cultural, technological, and industrial resources to Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City, contributing to its high-quality development.

Investment attraction is the key part of economic development and a powerful engine for achieving high-quality growth. This year, the Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City Management Committee has prioritized investment attraction as a top-level project. They have established two major investment teams, targeting key industries in various areas of Sanlongwan, drawing advanced technologies, outstanding projects, and exceptional talents to converge here.

In their quest to attract investments, Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City actively promotes its investment environment to target companies. They present their development advantages and investment incentives with full sincerity, emphasizing case studies, data, and policies.

Leading by example, Pan Dongsheng, along with a delegation, visited the Yangtze River Delta region to conduct field research and inspect companies on September 20. On September 22, the Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City (Foshan New City) Investment Promotion Conference was held in Guangzhou, focusing on attracting specialized and innovative enterprises in modern business services and financial investment. Many European companies attending the event recognized the sincerity of Sanlongwan and expressed interest in visiting and exploring opportunities for collaboration.

To attract business, Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City has adopted a multi-faceted approach. They offer a spectrum of high-quality services and aim to create a conducive and aesthetically pleasing environment for prospective investors. On one front, the city has intensified its policy support, providing incentives that exceed regional standards in areas such as business setup, operational expansion, technology innovation, efficiency improvement, and talent attraction. Simultaneously, they are wholeheartedly committed to delivering exceptional talent services, striving to craft a premier international business atmosphere.

Prioritizing Talent Attraction

In their effort to attract talents, Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City celebrated the "2023 Foshan Talent Day" just before the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 27, extending a Chinese-style romantic gesture to international talents.

This event symbolizes Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City's determination and effort to offer excellent cultural services to talents. It reflects Foshan's profound commitment to valuing, respecting, and utilizing talents. For Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City, nurturing talents is a necessary step to empower technology companies and upgrade the city’s quality and development.

The event created an elegant atmosphere with elements of calligraphy, allowing participants to experience the beauty of Chinese traditional elements. During the event, the "Foshan Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City Talent Guide" was launched, showcasing key facilities for talents in science and innovation, as well as the city’s supporting infrastructure.

Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City provides foreign talents with a dedicated international talent center staffed by professionals who are proficient in foreign languages and knowledgeable about business. They assist talents with various critical matters, such as company establishment, location selection, visa applications, accommodation, and business development. This has streamlined the process and garnered high praise from those who have benefited from these services.

In recent years, Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City has aimed to provide a top-tier innovation service platform for talents, focusing on both local and international talents, and fostering a talent pool that aligns with the city's development. They have been actively involved in hosting various talent activities, international trade, and cultural events.

At present, Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City is actively building itself into an international talent hub in the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area.

In terms of talent attraction, the city is leveraging the Jihua Laboratory to form a cluster of domestic and international research collaboration institutions, accelerating the aggregation of high-level innovative talents.

Regarding talent services, Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City has pioneered the Foshan International Talents Hub (Sanlongwan), creating a top-tier business environment and offering a one-stop talent service that encompasses over 40 service categories.

For talent retention, Sanlongwan is working on initiatives such as the Sanlongwan Talent Brand, establishing a high-quality living community in the Greater Bay Area, launching the nation's first Talent Greenway, promoting the Foshan Talent Park, planning the construction of Foshan's talent service park in the Guangzhou University City, and organizing cultural events like the Sanlongwan Arts and Culture Week.

In the first three quarters of this year, Foshan International Talents Hub (Sanlongwan) carried out the "Warm Talent in the New Year" initiative, providing advisory and support services for 94 cases, organizing and co-organizing seven talent-related events and one Greater Bay Area partnership event. These efforts have reached 20 domestic and international companies, attracting over 60 foreign talents.

By cultivating a talent-friendly environment, Sanlongwan is dedicated to enhance the happiness and sense of belonging of talents through its projects, platforms, and services. This mutual attraction between talents and the city symbolizes a beautiful symbiotic relationship.

Sanlongwan: A Hub of Innovation and Opportunity

Today, Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City stands as a hub, boasting the presence of two Fortune 500 companies, one provincial laboratory (Jihua Laboratory), 23 publicly-listed companies, 83 provincial engineering technology research centers, 11 incubators, 10 co-working spaces, 342 high-tech enterprises, and 202 tech-driven small and medium-sized businesses.

As one of the first four provincial laboratories in Guangdong, Jihua Laboratory is deeply committed to the field of advanced manufacturing science and technology. It aspires to create a research team rooted in Foshan, establish a top-tier international research platform, cultivate a core set of independent and controllable technologies, and drive the emergence of innovative industries.

"To attract and retain high-end talents, we need an environment that is not only comfortable for living but also conducive to working," emphasized Ye Hengqiang, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a researcher at Jihua Laboratory.

To ensure the satisfaction and settlement of talents, Sanlongwan has undertaken extensive efforts.

In recent years, Sanlongwan has prioritized the development of three crucial aspects: an ecological environment that thrives alongside waterways, a dynamic and culturally enriched area along the waterfront, and an intellectual hub that focuses on talent attraction and drives innovation.

Sanlongwan's commitment to attracting innovative resources transcends mere environmental considerations. This year, the comprehensive upgrade of Sanlongwan Avenue and adjacent roads has neared completion, the Songyuan Greening Project was officially opened to the public in May, and the enhancement of Foshan Park (Recreation Area) has been accelerated with preliminary feasibility and initial design work completed. Additionally, the all-electric cruise ship commenced operations, introducing a range of special cruise routes to enliven "Sanlongwan Night Tours."

From 2021 to 2030, Sanlongwan has planned to allocate 1,073 acres for educational purposes, with an investment of 6.8 billion RMB. This initiative will involve the construction of eight kindergartens and ten primary and secondary schools, generating an additional 38,000 high-quality school placements. These plans aim to activate at least one new school each year. Presently, Sanlongwan has successfully attracted schools such as Majestic International College, LEH International School, Nansha Foreign Language School, and Yinghua School. Furthermore, high-quality educational resources, including South China Normal University and Foshan No. 1 Middle School, have already found their footing in Sanlongwan.

Regarding healthcare, Sanlongwan has inaugurated the Foshan Women and Child Health Hospital (Foshan New City Campus). Additionally, the Heyou International Hospital, the Foshan No. 1 Hospital's Sanlongwan Branch, and the Foshan Hospital of TCM (Foshan New City Campus) have begun construction.

In terms of urban rail transit, Foshan Metro Line 2, Foshan Metro Line 3, and the western extension of Guangzhou Metro Line 7 in Shunde have been successively launched.

"The environment in Sanlongwan is getting better every day, and various supporting facilities are becoming more complete. This allows us to conduct scientific research and commercialize our achievements with peace of mind," stated Bi Lijun, Director of the Foshan Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Biophysics and Chairman of Guangdong TBEA Biological Technology Co., Ltd.

A better city cultivates better talents. Better talents shape a brighter future for Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City in Foshan.

Reporter | Lynn

Revisor | Eddie, Eleanor

Photo | Sanlongwan Sci-Tech City