Binhai New Area deepens system reform for functional zones with "combo punches"

2018-01-10 10:27

After the New Year, Tianjin Binhai New Area, as the national comprehensive reform pilot area, thoroughly implemented the spirit of the 19th National CPC Congress and firmly grasped the "root" and "soul" of innovation in reform and opening up, to incorporate the Binhai Central Business District with into Tianjin Economic-technological Development Area (abbreviated as TEDA), which has similar location and function orientation. The former Harbor Economic Zone is merged into Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone. At the same time, TEDA's social management function was stripped out and reorganized into the newly-established management of TEDA Street in Binhai New Area. A combination of punches to deepen the reform of functional zones was played out and the new system and new mechanism were used to crack new contradictions and new problems in development, to further stimulate the vitality of endogenous development in functional zones, to create a prosperous and livable new city for Binhai New Area, and to boost the construction of "five modernized Tianjin".

Reform is imperative.

The establishment of Binhai New Area is the product of reform and innovation, which is born of the reform and develops along with the reform. Since its incorporation into the national development strategy in 2006, Binhai New Area has implemented two rounds of major administrative reform. For a long time, the functional zones have always been the main force and the main battlefield for the economic construction of Binhai New Area.

TEDA, Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone, Binhai High-tech Industrial Zone, Dongjiang Bonded Port Area, Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, Binhai Central Business District and Harbor Economic Zone focus on grasping projects, promoting construction and promoting development and have effectively promoted the implementation of the national strategy, promoted industrial system in Binhai New Area to be high-end, high-quality and high-tech. However, with the passage of time, the deep-seated contradictions in the development of functional zones have also gradually emerged. Lack of strategic synergies with each other, to a certain extent, results in outstanding issues such as isolation, decentralized development, loosened force, failure to clutch the "fist" and so on. In the face of such a situation, reform on functional zones is imperative.

In the face of problems, we must never walk around. Binhai New Area earnestly implemented the decision-making arrangements of the municipal party committee and municipal government and boldly tried again to explore new ways of reforming the system of functional zones and accumulating new experiences so as to set an example for the reform of the entire country.

Development with agglomeration and promotion

If functional zones develop fast and then Binhai New Area moves fast. If functional zones are strong, and then Binhai New Area is strong. The reform on functional zones reduces the functional zones in Binhai New Area from 7 to 5, which is not a simple restructuring of the functional zones, but the underlying meaning is to establish and improve the coordinated development mechanism for functional zones while the industrial development positioning of functional zones is defined in a scientific way, to achieve efficiency change and high quality development. Although the two functional zones say TEDA and the Binhai CBD are located in the core area of Binhai New Area and have similar location and industrial development, there are still many intersections. But there has not yet formed a group-style development trend. Xu Datong, Secretary of the Working Committee of TEDA, said: "This reform will reorganize and integrate the functional zones with similar industrial layout and function orientation so as to further promote vitality and promote development so as to realize complementary advantages and gather and enhance each other, which will significantly improve the quality and efficiency of development."

"Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone has no room for projects so new projects are nowhere to be placed. After it is integrated with the Harbor Economic Zone, this problem is solved, saving a lot of funds for infrastructural construction." The relevant person in charge of the Investment Promotion Department of the Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone feels that the space for development is suddenly zoomed in, with more adequate momentum.

Innovation stimulates vitality.

Recently, the TEDA Street Working Committee of Binhai New Area was formally established and the social management functions originally belonging to TEDA were spun off from TEDA Street to exercise responsibilities such as social management, public services and market supervision. This is a concrete move to implement the Opinions of the General Office of the State Council on Promoting Reform, Innovation and Development of TEDA, which was launched in January 2017, and is also a powerful move by the functional zones to refocus on the main business of economic development. Zhang Guosheng, Deputy District Governor of Binhai New Area, Secretary of TEDA Street Working Committee and Director of the Office, said: "The reform can not only effectively promote TEDA to be able to keep physical fitness and to lighten burdens, but can also increase the specialization and standardization of social governance, which can kill two birds with one stone. "

It is claimed that Binhai New Area will further deepen the reform of the system for functional zones and continue to readjust and optimize the agencies in functional zones in accordance with the principles of streamlining, unification and efficiency, taking economic management and investment services as its main functions. At the same time, it will implement incremental incentives to assessment methods of functional zones, to establish an effective incentive mechanism. Binhai New Area will also delegate all the power to the functional zones while the social management, public services and market supervision functions in the functional zones will be managed by the Binhai New Area Government. Yang Maorong, Deputy Secretary and Director of Binhai New Area Party Commission, said: "Through the reform, we will promote a more smooth system and mechanism of the functional zones, release the full vitality of development, and significantly improve the quality of development so as to recreate a new golden period of rise."

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