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The Professional Skills Competition for Teachers in Technical Colleges of Anhui Province Opened in Wuhu

On August 23, the third professional skills competition for teachers in technical colleges of Anhui Province opened in Wuhu. Liu Shaohua, Deputy Director of the Provincial Human Resources and Social Security Department, declared the opening of the competition. Cai Yi, Vice Mayor of Wuhu Municipal Government, delivered a speech.

With the theme of “cultivating people with moral education and skills education“, the competition consists of two events: teaching competition and headteacher competition, including teaching scheme design, lecture and thesis defense, theme class meeting design and other competition contents. The competition involves professional disciplines of machinery, electrical and electronic, information, etc. as well as public courses.

The competition is hosted by the Provincial Human Resources and Social Security Department, organized by the Provincial Skilled Personnel Management Service Center and Wuhu Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, and coorganized by Anhui Wuhu Technician College and Wuhu Municipal Vocational Skills Appraisal Center. The purpose of the activity is to guide all technical colleges and universities in the province to strengthen the professional construction of teachers, improve the ability of teachers moral education and skills education, raise the training quality of skilled personnel, and further promote the high-quality development of technical education in our province. A total of 172 teachers from 50 technical colleges and universities in 15 prefectures and cities participated in the competition.

 

 

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35253071.html

The Inaugural Meeting of Anhui New Economy Federation Was Held in Wuhu

On August 16, the inaugural meeting of Anhui New Economy Federation and the first member congress of the first session were held in Wanzhi District. Niu Nutao, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Director of the Provincial Economy and Information Technology  Department, Pan Feng, chief economist, and Tang Jinsong, Vice Mayor of Wuhu Municipal Government, attended the meeting.

Niu Nutao said in his speech that new economy is the power source for promoting high-quality economic development and building a modern economic system by opening up new tracks and forging new advantages. We should persist in promoting breakthroughs in new and cutting-edge technologies, and let entrepreneurs become innovation leaders and enterprises become innovation subjects. With new products, we should be devoted to the creation of new consumption, firmly grasping the strategic basis of expanding domestic demand, and launching more high-quality and explosive products. We should adhere to cultivating new driving forces with new business forms, and promote the deep integration of big data, cloud computing and physical industries with the dual wheel drive of “industrial digitization and digital industrialization”. We should continue the policy of empowering new manufacturing with new models, focusing on industrial interconnection, intellectual transformation and digital transformation, and promoting the upgrading of the manufacturing industry.

Tang Jinsong congratulated and thanked the Federation for its settlement in Wuhu. He said that in recent years, Wuhu has focused on new technologies, new industries, new formats and new models, fully utilized the leading role of new and cutting-edge enterprises, actively cultivated new economic development momentum, and achieved fruitful results. The establishment of the federation will promote the integrated development of new economy innovation chain, supply chain, talent chain, industrial chain and capital chain, build a platform for government enterprise communication and cooperation, and help accelerate the development of new economy in Wuhu and the whole province.

It is reported that in order to comply with the development trend of the new economy, assist in the work of “investment attraction and talents recruitment“, and learn from the experience and practice of Qingdao New Economy Federation, with the support of the Provincial Department of Economy and Information Technology and the Provincial Civil Affairs Department, Wuhu Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology organized the establishment of Anhui New Economy Federation, together with Three Squirrels, iFLYTEK and other seven initiators. The Federation aims to study and grasp the characteristics and trends of new economic development, build a communication bridge between the government and enterprises, and promote the development of new economy in our province.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35252851.html

Better Moves Needed to Support Small Biz


An employee works on the production line of an elevator component manufacturer in Haian, Jiangsu province. GU HUAXIA/FOR CHINA DAILY

 

Development climate improving as effects of pro-growth policy realized

China’s small and medium-sized enterprises have shown upward momentum in resuming work and business activity, although further policy efforts are needed so that more of them can resume operations at full capacity, according to a recent survey by the China Association of small and Medium Enterprises.

Facing multiple challenges and difficulties, smEs are under huge pressure to sustain profitability and growth, but their development climate is improving as the effects of pro-growth policy measures gradually unleash more potential, experts said, while calling for more policies to shore up smE growth.

China’s small and Medium Enterprises Development Index for July, based on the association’s survey of 3,000 SMEs, showed around 43.7 percent of surveyed firms were operating at over 75 percent capacity, up 1.75 percentage points from a month earlier.

The proportion of enterprises operating beneath 75 percent capacity was 47.75 percent, dropping 2.6 percentage points from that of June.

However, the overall SME development index declined slightly from 88.4 in June to 88.3 in July.

Ma Bin, executive deputy president of the association, said Chinese SMEs currently face more pressure and difficulties as the impact of domestic resurgences of COVID-19 lingers and exacerbates shrinking demand, supply shocks and weakening expectations, while uncertainties in global markets also grow due to factors such as the pandemic, geopolitical issues and increasing concerns over stagflation in the global economy.

“Pressure and difficulties facing small and micro-sized enterprises are especially obvious,” Ma said, adding that major problems facing SMEs, especially small and microsized firms, include rising costs, meager profits, financing difficulties and labor shortages.

She suggested more efforts be made to consolidate the upward momentum of the economic recovery.

Among the subindexes for eight sectors surveyed, transportation, postal and wholesale/retail registered month-on-month increases, while construction, lodging and dining stayed flat from June.

Indexes for industry, real estate, social services and information transmission and computer software all dropped slightly.

Zhou Maohua, an analyst at China Everbright Bank, said the resumption of work and business among SMEs is still beneath pre-pandemic levels, despite remarkable recent progress.

But Zhou said SME operations will continue to improve as domestic demand rebounds on the back of the accelerating Chinese economic recovery.

“China is gaining better control over COVID-19 and disruptions from the contagion to business operations and people’s lives are weakening,” he said.

“That, together with more policy effects expected to be unleashed to ensure supplies, stabilize prices and help enterprises stabilize growth, will lead to more rebound in domestic demand to steadily improve SMEs’ operations and profitability,” Zhou added.

According to the SME association’s survey results, subindexes for SME development in the construction industry, transportation, postal and storage sectors have risen for three consecutive months.

The survey also found that among the eight industries surveyed, liquidity indexes for seven industries and financing indexes for five rose from that in June.

Chen Jia, a researcher at the International Monetary Institute of the Renmin University of China, said there will be ample opportunities to shore up growth of SMEs in sectors such as digital infrastructure, new energy, digital economy and modern services, as China stresses development in related industries.

Chen suggested China improve financing policies and services for SMEs, as well as guide more investment and talent into emerging and promising industries, instead of labor-intensive ones that already suffer from fierce competition, in order to optimize resource allocation.

He also suggested industry funds at both national and local levels pay more attention to SMEs in strategically important industries, such as the internet of things chips, new-generation artificial intelligence networks and smart driving technologies.

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35210211.html

Chinese Automaker Chery Posts Strong Sales in Jan.-July

HEFEI, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) — Chinese automaker Chery Holding Group Co., Ltd. reported strong sales in the first seven months of 2022, according to the company’s report.

 

Chery sold 606,783 vehicles in the January-July period, up 19.3 percent year on year. Among the sales, the exports reached 198,859 vehicles.

 

In July alone, Chery sold 131,533 vehicles, up 57.7 percent year on year. Among the total, 50,614 units were sold overseas, up 90.1 percent year on year, setting the company’s monthly record.

 

Sales of Chery’s new energy vehicles (NEVs) in July saw a 253-percent year-on-year growth, reaching 25,617 units, which also set the company’s monthly record.

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35210071.html

China Renews Yellow Alert for High Temperatures

China’s national observatory on Friday continued to issue a yellow alert for high temperatures as an intense heatwave lingers in many regions of the country.

During daylight hours on Friday, parts of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shaanxi, Henan, Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shanghai, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Sichuan, Chongqing, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Xinjiang are expected to experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, the National Meteorological Center said.

Temperatures in parts of Chongqing and Zhejiang may surpass 40 degrees Celsius.

The center advised the public to avoid outdoor activities during high-temperature periods in the afternoon and suggested workers exposed to high temperatures, or who work for a long time outdoors, take necessary protective measures.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35210051.html

World Heritage Site Huangshan Mountain Attracts More Tourists in July

Huangshan Mountain, a UNESCO world heritage site in east China’s Anhui Province, has seen the number of tourists rise in July, according to the management committee of the scenic area.

The number of tourists to the scenic spot totaled 235,935 in July, a year-on-year increase of 19.73 percent. The number rose by 136.27 percent compared with that in June this year.

Local authorities have rolled out a slew of stimulus measures to attract more tourists, such as free tickets for students who this year took the college entrance exam or high school entrance exam and offering a 50 percent discount on ticket prices between June 9 and Aug. 31, a busy tourist season.

Huangshan, one of China’s most famous mountains, is known for its majestic scenic beauty, strange rocks, cloud-shrouded peaks and ancient pines. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35210031.html

The Third Youth Robot Competition Was Successfully Held in Wuhu

On July 26, the third youth robot competition (Wanjiang primary school competition area) hosted by Wuhu Municipal Association for Science and Technology, Municipal Bureau of Education and Jiujiang District Government was successfully held. This round of competitions held in Wanjiang Primary School included TABO Robot Children’s Artificial Intelligence Innovation Challenge, Robo Genius Artificial Intelligence Innovation Challenge, ENJOY AI Popularization competition, etc. 110 teams from all counties and urban areas of Wuhu participated in the competition.

Wuhu Youth Robot Competition has been held for three times, under the joint efforts of the associations for science and technology, education departments, schools and kindergartens at all levels. The number of participants has increased from more than 200 at the beginning to more than 800 this time. The contestants are not only in primary and secondary schools, but also for the first time this year, a robot competition for children from kindergartens, which aims to cultivate children’s scientific thinking and innovation ability from an early age, and leads children to the road of scientific research.

 Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35037661.html

A Policy Promotion Conference of Wuhu to Attract Investment and Talents Was Held in Hangzhou

On July 20, a policy promotion conference of Wuhu to “attract investment and talentswas held in Hangzhou. Yang Zhibin, member of the Standing Committee of Wuhu Municipal Party Committee and head of Wuhu Organization Department, attended the conference and delivered a speech. Representatives of some colleges and universities in Zhejiang and nearly 100 representatives of Zhejiang businessmen and high-level talents attended the event.

At the promotion meeting, the heads of relevant departments of our city presented the talents policy of Wuhu and the promotion of national high tech zones in Wuhu, introducing the Milk Vetch Talents Plan, the specific measures to build a regional talent center and innovation highland in detailed. Wuhu expressed her strong desire to invite all kinds of talents, experts and entrepreneurs to visit Wuhu, working together for a win-win future. During the event, four enterprises made project promotion and exchanges, which provided an excellent opportunity for the communication between government and enterprises.

The promotion meeting is hosted by Organization Department of Wuhu Municipal Party Committee ( Talent Office of Wuhu Municipal Party Committee), and undertaken by Wuhu Municipal Investment Promotion Center, Wuhu Municipal Talents Development Group and Xiangshang Venture Holding Group.

 Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35037621.html

“Wuhu Innovation Research Institute” Signed and Inaugurated

On July 13th, “Wuhu Innovation Research Institute”, jointly established by Wuhu Federation of Social Sciences and Anhui Normal University Federation of Social Sciences, was officially signed and inaugurated. Wei Xiufang, member of the Standing Committee and minister of Publicity Ministry of the Municipal Party Committee, and Zhu Jiacun, member of the Standing Committee and Vice President of Anhui Normal University, attended the event.

Wei Xiufang said that Wuhu City and Anhui Normal University are closely connected. The innovation research institute jointly built by the two sides aims to attract experts and scholars to study the frontier issues of disciplines and key issues of economic and social development, so as to improve the originality, foresight and accuracy of principles and policies released by Wuhu municipal government, which will surely provide valuable theoretical guidance and intellectual support for the development of Wuhu. It is hoped that with this unveiling as a new start, both sides will continue to expand cooperation areas, enhance cooperation levels and jointly step to a new stage.

According to the cooperation agreement, “Wuhu Innovation Research Institute” will provide policy consultation and suggestions by inviting the think tank to answer the questions proposed by officials and to solve the problems faced by Wuhu in terms of its innovative development, promoting the modernization of the social governance system and capacity. On the same day, the first batch of 10 innovative research topics of Wuhu Innovation Research Institute were announced.

Translated by Wang Mengxiao from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/35027741.html

RCEP Unleashes Chinese Enterprises’ True Potential


A man passes by the exhibition booth of Anhui Conch Group, a Chinese cement and building materials manufacturer, at the World Intelligent Manufacturing Conference in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. LIU JIANHUA/FOR CHINA DAILY

 

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Chinese enterprises are expected to further utilize the potential of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement to upgrade operations and climb up the industrial value chain for high-quality development, according to trade experts and business leaders.

Officially taking effect on Jan 1, the agreement has grouped 15 Asia-Pacific economies including all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to create the world’s largest free-trade bloc, promoting regional economic integration through tariff concessions and other trade and investment liberalization and facilitation measures.

According to Zhou Mi, a senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, thanks to the implementation of the RCEP agreement, Chinese enterprises will likely intensify cross-border industrial capacity cooperation with counterparts from other RCEP members, as well as strengthen RCEP market studies to develop products and services in accordance with different market needs.

“China and other RCEP countries already have a high level of cooperation in the manufacturing sector, but Chinese manufacturing enterprises in the past mainly built their presence in the region through exporting products, rather than other ways,” he said.

“The ongoing upgrades of China’s manufacturing industries require a formation of new competitiveness of Chinese enterprises, and to that end, the coordination in market regulation among RCEP members will play an important and positive role that will facilitate Chinese enterprises’ technological advancements and market-oriented innovations,” he added.

According to the rules of the trade pact, nearly 90 percent of tariffs on goods traded within the region will be removed over a period of 20 years. Furthermore, the trade pact allows products to have just 40 percent of their value added within the region to enjoy lower or zero tariffs, which analysts said will accelerate the integration of regional industrial chains.

Wang Cheng, chairman of Anhui Conch Group, a Chinese cement and building materials manufacturer, said at a recent forum organized by the Beijing-based RCEP Industry Cooperation Committee that Anhui Conch plans to invest around 200 billion yuan ($29.82 billion) in the RCEP region within five years, including doubling its investments in RCEP countries outside China to 30 billion yuan.

The company also aims to build a highly efficient supply chain in the region, to facilitate going-global strategies of other Chinese enterprises in high-end sectors such as intelligent manufacturing, new energy and new materials, and environmental protection.

Wu Dazhi, chairman of Guangdong Zhida-Walking New Material Technology Co Ltd, believes the trade pact will propel Chinese enterprises to utilize division of labor to carry out industrial cooperation programs in the region and to pursue a better position in the industrial value chain.

“That is especially important as Chinese enterprises face increasing competition from some neighboring countries in low-end manufacturing sectors, while the tide of protectionism around the world also grows,” Wu said, who is also president of the Guangzhou Leather& Footwear Association.

“Chinese products have a good reputation for their quality, and the fiercer competition in global markets will catalyze the transformation of Chinese enterprises to climb up into higher value-added sectors because those failing to adapt will be squeezed out from the markets,” he said.

According to Wu, although labor costs in China are higher than in some neighboring countries, such as Vietnam, China’s populous pool of high-end talent and skilled workers remain an advantage for Chinese enterprises to upgrade.

The RCEP, which accelerates the integration of regional industrial chains, will help unleash Chinese enterprises’ comprehensive advantages in industrial and supply chains and help them better coordinate the utilization of production factors in the whole region, he said.

Wu’s company cooperated with investors from regions outside the Chinese mainland to first establish a commercial entity in Hong Kong, which then went on to invest in Vietnam, per Vietnamese laws. It has also been exporting services to the region, thanks to the company’s strengths in industrial and supply chain management, technology and talent.

https://www.wuhu.gov.cn/English/News/34922051.html