A demonstration zone showcasing the integration of the Yangtze River Delta is designed to help the region better serve a larger area, said Li Qiang, Party secretary of Shanghai.
The zone, located at the junction between Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, is part of the national strategy of realizing integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region, Li said during the ongoing second session of the 13th National People’s Congress.
The zone was designed to serve as a new bench mark for development concepts, an experimental field for integrated institutions and mechanisms, and a new engine for high-quality development of the delta region, according to a plan by the National Development and Reform Commission, Li said.
“The overall idea of the demonstration zone is to gather together all kinds of reform measures implemented at local level since reform and opening-up, integrate them systematically and form new pilot experiments,” Li said.
“Such pilot experiments in the Yangtze River Delta region with its large GDP, rapid development, abundant scientific and technological resources, and active market factors, will be crucial to the country’s overall economic development,” he said, adding that Shanghai is working with Zhejiang and Jiangsu on the detailed planning and system designs of the demonstration zone.
Li also said construction of the demonstration zone will provide a major opportunity for Shanghai’s further development as well as a key platform for the city to better serve the country.
The integrated development of the delta region has been elevated to a national strategy, and its further integration is part of the blueprint to improve reform and opening-up, as announced by President Xi Jinping in Shanghai in November.