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Shanghai opens door further for investors

2020-1-12 15:23

 

Shanghai further consolidated its role as a major hub for global industry leaders after the municipal government inked agreements for 60 new foreign-invested projects worth $7.3 billion on Friday.

Nine of these projects are investments by Fortune 500 companies. About 20 projects saw investment value of over $100 million each, covering industries like integrated circuits, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, automotive, finance, information technology, culture, entertainment and healthcare.

The world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company Chubb reached an agreement on Friday to set up the insurer's China headquarters in the city.

Kevin Bogardus, general manager of Chubb Insurance Co Ltd, said that Shanghai's goal of building itself into a world innovation center has provided opportunities for Chubb to develop its life science risk control services in the city. The development of fintech in Shanghai has led to the blockchain application standard for insurers which Chubb jointly launched with Shanghai Insurance Exchange in late December, which is the first blockchain application standard introduced in the Chinese financial sector.

"Apart from its industrial competitiveness, Shanghai has seen the spillover effect of the financial sector radiating to a larger area, which points to much room for development for us. We will continue to seek more opportunities in the city, which provides top-notch business environment," said Bogardus.

On the first workday of 2020, the municipal government of Shanghai released 32 detailed policies to further facilitate investment and a revised plan to better its business environment in the hope of attracting more foreign capital.

In 2019, Shanghai attracted about 6,800 new foreign-invested projects, up 21.5 percent from a year earlier. The amount of contractual foreign capital increased 7.1 percent year-on-year to top over $50.2 billion.

Also present at the signing ceremony on Friday was Watergen, an Israel-based company that provides renewable sources of clean drinking water. According to Ivan Melnikov, the company's chief representative in China, Watergen has signed an agreement with Shanghai municipal government to set up its regional management headquarters in Shanghai this year.

But the regional headquarters is just a short-term target, said Melnikov. The company also plans to set up a production facility in the Yangtze River Delta region this year, with an investment of around 200 million yuan ($29 million). Meanwhile, a small research and development center is also expected to be set up in Shanghai this year.

"We expect to meet all these targets before the third China International Import Expo in November. It is our goal to build a complete sales and distribution network in the country by that time," he said.

Corteva Agriscience, the US agricultural chemical and seed company which was spun off from DowDuPont in June last year, has decided to set up its regional headquarters in Shanghai to look after business and investment in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao. Life sciences, digitalized policies and technology will be the focus of the regional headquarters in Shanghai, said Alec Zheng, marketing and strategy vice-president of Corteva Greater China.

"The large number of technology startups and sufficient talent supply in Shanghai makes it the ideal place to introduce our digital agriculture know-how into China," he said.

 

上海市政府上周五签署了60个新外商投资项目的协议,价值73亿美元,这进一步巩固了上海作为全球行业领袖主要中心的地位。


其中9个项目是《财富》500强公司的投资。约有20个项目的投资价值超过1亿美元,涉及集成电路、人工智能、生物医药、汽车、金融、信息技术、文化、娱乐和医疗等行业。


上周五,全球最大的上市财产及意外险公司丘博(Chubb)达成协议,将在香港设立中国总部。


上海丘博保险股份有限公司总经理凯文·博加德斯表示,上海建设成为世界创新中心的目标为丘博在上海发展生命科学风险控制服务提供了机会。随着上海金融科技的发展,12月下旬,由上海保险交易所联合推出的针对保险公司的区块链应用标准,是中国金融业推出的第一个区块链应用标准。


他说:“除了产业竞争力,上海金融服务业的外溢效应已经向更广的领域扩散,这为我们提供了很大的发展空间。我们将继续在这个提供一流商业环境的城市寻找更多的机会,”Bogardus说。


在2020年的第一个工作日,上海市政府公布了32项进一步促进投资的详细政策,并修订了一项改善商业环境的计划,以期吸引更多的外资。


2019年,上海吸引了约6800个新的外商投资项目,同比增长21.5%。合同外资金额同比增长7.1%,超过502亿美元。


以色列公司Watergen也出席了周五的签字仪式,该公司提供可再生的清洁饮用水。据该公司中国区首席代表伊万•梅尔尼科夫(Ivan Melnikov)表示,Watergen已与上海市政府签署协议,将于今年在上海设立区域管理总部。


但地区总部只是一个短期目标,梅尔尼科夫说。该公司还计划今年在长江三角洲地区建立一个生产设施,投资约2亿元人民币(合2,900万美元)。与此同时,一个小型研发中心也有望于今年在上海成立。


“我们希望在11月的第三届中国国际进口博览会之前实现所有这些目标。我们的目标是到那时在中国建立一个完整的销售和分销网络。


去年6月从杜邦(DowDuPont)剥离出来的美国农化和种子公司Corteva Agriscience,已决定在上海设立地区总部,负责在中国内地、香港和澳门的业务和投资。科梯瓦大中华区营销和战略副总裁郑亚历克(Alec Zheng)表示,生命科学、数字化政策和技术将是上海地区总部的重点。


他说:“上海有大量的科技创业公司和充足的人才供应,是将我们的数字农业技术引入中国的理想之地。”

来自: china daily