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The Shaanxi Free Trade Zone High Tech Area, located within the Xi’an Hi-Tech Industries Development Zone (the Zone), has harvested a bumper crop of 8,716 projects, facilitated the opening of offices for 112 Global Fortune 500 companies and registered 205 entities or subsidiaries in its first year of operation. The resulting RMB144.56 billion of newly-registered capital, including over US$ 100 million from foreign investors, has established the Shaanxi Area as a key driver of growth and a powerful magnet for foreign and local companies.
The Zone is China’s first industrial development zone to offer services seven days a week, and it launched a pilot scheme in the province to consolidate central and local government taxes. The Zone was established under a series of policies aimed at cutting regulatory red tape, boosting efficiency and promoting the Shaanxi Area as an ideal investment destination. Its success during its first year affirms that it has drastically streamlined business registration procedures, such as identifying a list of 465 items which now only require a single visit to government agencies before receiving a regulatory green light.
“The Xi’an High Tech Industries Development Zone is an economic engine to boost regional tech-driven business which also benefits from the Belt & Road Initiative strategy,” Hongjiang Zhong, a member of the Standing Committee of Xi’an, and the Party Committee Secretary of the Xi’an High Tech Industries Development Zone said, “we embrace great historical opportunities to bring more policy convenience for all the tech projects in the area.”
Highlighting its support to the businesses within it, the Shaanxi Area has allocated RMB2 billion (US$319.48 million) worth of capital in the last year to fund entrepreneurship and has set up a RMB20 billion (US$3.19 billion) fund to guide investments into strategic emerging industries in a bid to foster businesses potentially worth hundreds of billions of yuan.
The Zone provides around-the-clock, integrated customs clearance services. For integrated circuit (IC) products developed by companies, the time needed for clearance has been slashed to less than three hours, from nearly three working days, representing a 95 percent boost in efficiency.
The Zone also provides businesses with strong financial support, having set up an advanced service platform with powerful data-sharing, credit profiling and credit assessment functions. For example, the Zone has teamed up with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Shaanxi Equity Exchange to set up an online roadshow platform that connects China’s 3,200 institutions and over 8,000 investors.
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