The city of Chengdu in western China, a major center of high-tech excellence, is building a global partnership of the world’ s best technology parks, including Sophia Antipolis, the Barcelona Science Park and several other world-class scientific and industrial development zones.
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is the fifth most populous agglomeration in China and one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication centers of the western part of the country. During the 2017 Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair, held in Chengdu in May, a summit was held between about 80 representatives of leading technology parks from around the world. The Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, and Sophia Antipolis, a famous technology park located next to Nice, proposed building a confederation of first-class hi-tech parks. The delegates passed a declaration that encourages collaboration.
Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone is already cooperating with Sophia Antipolis, as the two signed a deal to become sister parks in 2016, which includes a plan to conduct exchanges, send delegations to each other and for Sophia Antipolis to set up an innovation center at Chengdu that will form a bridge for closer cooperation between businesses in the two regions.
Apart from Chengdu and Sophia Antipolis, the technology parks that agreed to collaborate include other major Chinese parks such as the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai, the Shenzhen Science and Technology Industrial Park in Guangdong province and the Xi’ an Hi-Tech Industries Development Zone in Shaanxi province, as well as leading tech parks from Britain, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, India, Israel, Canada and Qatar.
“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.’
For Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, the partnership with with the world’s best technology parks, along with a planned international platform that will attract top-level talent worldwide, is expected to build Chengdu into a centre of opening-up in western China.
The original article can be found at the Telegraph.