Yesterday, the 12th “Chinese Scholars and Shanghai Development in the 21st Century” seminar with the theme of “Future-oriented Lingang Special Area” was held in Lingang. More than 300 guests including experts, scholars, entrepreneurs, and government officials from various fields attended.
The President of the Overseas Students Association, Zhongli Ding, delivered a keynote speech on the industrial innovation and talent construction of the Lingang Special Area. He quotes “The establishment of the Lingang Special Area is not a simple expansion of the original free trade zone, nor a simple translation of existing policies.” Ding believes the special area has proposed the strategic goal of building a world-class, open, and modern industrial system, and presents a scene of rapid development, but there are still deficiencies in industrial innovation. The level of high-end service trade is limited, and financial legal services need to be further developed.
Ding believes that in order to further promote the high-quality development of innovative industries, the new district must adhere to all-round system innovation, deepen reforms and the implementation of investment freedom, trade freedom, capital freedom, transportation freedom, and personal freedom. He believes there’s a need to develop differentiated service industries such as artificial intelligence, biomedicine, shipping services, and new international trade, and focus on cutting-edge industrial clusters such as civil aviation, intelligent manufacturing, and international medical care.
The special area has a strong desire for talents. By 2035, the planned permanent population of the area will reach about 2.5 million people. However, the current permanent population of the area is only 680,000 people. Ding bluntly expressed that the special area has not yet formed a talent gathering trend in financial services, cultural creativity, tourism and leisure and other service industries. In the future, it is necessary to further increase the global forward-looking layout and actively embed global talents. It is important to network and strengthen cooperation with major global innovation cities and promote the effective integration of talents, capital, and other elements. The special area should focus on world-class chief scientists and strategic scientists who lead scientific and technological innovation, focus on professional service talents, foster talents with global competitiveness, simplify the talent system, and give more freedom for career choices.