District to implement latest blueprint after completing 2019 development objectives
Putuo Acting Director Jiang Dongdong says the district has completed the objectives and development tasks it set out in 2019.
The government’s work report revealed that Putuo’s regional economy remained stable and performed better than expected, with the district-level fiscal revenue turning over 11 billion yuan (US$1.59 billion).
The three key industries — intelligent software, research and development service and fintech — increased by 2.68 percentage points to 16.65 percent in the district-level tax revenue.
Putuo reinforced its quality development, accelerated construction in key regions, enhanced urban planning and management, while improving people’s living condition, Jiang said.
Among several key projects, the first phase of the China-Israel Innovation Hub (Shanghai) has officially been launched at Taopu Smart City. The International Innovation Center of Tsinghua University Shanghai was unveiled in August to help boost regional scientific innovation and economic and social development.
Putuo also released its “3+5+X” industrial supportive policies, opened its industrial innovation center and became one of the first districts to demonstrate 5G communication technology. Twenty-five 5G applications in 11 fields have been launched to improve the residents’ convenience, enjoyment and safety.
Key office buildings in Putuo generated an average tax revenue of 2,600 yuan per square meter last year, the same as 2018. Twenty-three buildings had revenues of over 100 million yuan.
The district’s foreign investment has increased by 19.5 percent while two additional multinational enterprises chose to base their headquarters in Putuo.
Construction of key projects, such as the Taopu Smart City, along with its greenbelt and international school, Zhenru Subcenter, Shanghai fintech industrial cluster region and Changshou Business District, also got underway.
Overhead cables have been moved underground on road sections stretching 12 kilometers in the district. New roads have been built along with a major drainage system to prevent a deluge during rainy seasons.
To improve the environment, Putuo has removed 19 buildings and structures along the waterfront of Suzhou Creek, while the amount of flying dust in the region has dropped to 4.1 tons per square meter per month from 4.5.
Over 200,000 square meters of greenbelt has been built, along with a 8.2-kilometer-long pedestrian path through the trees, and seven subdistricts and towns have been chosen garbage-sorting demonstration zones.
Putuo has installed 409 additional senior-care beds and 97 beds for those with dementia. Three day-care centers have been built for the elderly along with 10 canteens for seniors.
Putuo has also established an education league with neighboring cities in the Yangtze River Delta region to improve education and boost tis integrated development.
The district government signed an agreement in October with Suzhou in neighboring Jiangsu Province, Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province and Wuhu in Anhui Province. The cities will share reform experiences regarding the gaokao (college entrance exam), modern school construction, training for headmasters and teachers, as well as conduct social practices across the region.
Jiang also looked at the development blueprint for 2020 and pointed out that Putuo is eying more innovative entrepreneurship environment and key projects.
Putuo has launched its latest version of reform plan to further optimize its business environment. The 3.0 plan allows all kinds of issues to get resolved at its administrative service center and will promote 24-hour convenient store-like services for companies.
Among the district’s major projects, the Taopu Central Greenbelt will complete its second phase underground construction. The urban village inside the former Tongchuan Road Fish Market will get renovated.
Additional cultural projects will be built for the fintech area. Construction will also start on the Baocheng Bay waterfront along the Suzhou Creek.