Chengdu is building an alliance of world-class scientific and industrial development zones.
At a summit attended by representatives from development zones on May 10, Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and Sophia Antipolis, a leading European technology park, proposed building a confederation of first-class high-tech parks.
The proposal won applause, and about 80 representatives from around the world at the summit passed a declaration that encourages collaboration.
The summit was part of the 2017 Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair held in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
Philippe Mariani, chief executive officer of Sophia Antipolis in France, said collaboration between technology parks will not only stimulate their development but also allow companies in the parks to interact with each other.
The alliance will push them to share resources and facilitate their development, he said.
Some of the participants at the summit were from the Torch High Technology Industry Development Center, part of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai, Shenzhen Science and Technology Industrial Park in Guangdong province and Xi’an Hi-Tech Industries Development Zone in Shaanxi province.
In addition to Sophia Antipolis, high-tech parks in Britain, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, India, Israel, Canada, and Qatar also sent delegates to the summit.
Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone has been exploring extensive cooperation with the world’s first-class technology parks.
In 2016, the zone and Sophia Antipolis signed a deal to become sister parks. In June, it was set to send a delegation to the French high-tech park to conduct exchanges.
Sophia Antipolis will set up an innovation center at its Chengdu sister park, building a bridge for cooperation between Chengdu businesses and those in France.
A representative from Barcelona Science Park in Spain said he is impressed with Chengdu’s environment for entrepreneurship.
He is amazed at Chengdu’s economic development and hopes to find opportunities for his park to work with Chengdu in biotechnology, he said.
Before the summit, 11 key programs at the Chengdu Tianfu International Biotown started construction, with combined investment of 11.5 billion yuan ($1.67 billion).
Officials from Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone said the zone will introduce a plan for partnerships with the world’s best technology parks and build an international platform to attract top-level talent worldwide, a move that will build Chengdu into a center of opening-up in western China.