Press Release for Media Briefing of the Shanghai Municipal Government on March 16, 2021
March 17, 2021
The Information Office of Shanghai Municipality held a municipal government press conference today (March 16). Chen Shiyan, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Municipal Development and Reform Commission, introduced the “Plan for the Construction of a High-Quality Social Services System in the Lingang New Area” (“Plan”). Mao Lijuan, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Zhang Qi, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, Zhao Dandan, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, and Wu Wei, Full-time Deputy Director of the Lingang New Area Administrative Committee attended the press conference and answered questions from reporters.
The drafting of the “Plan for the Construction of a High-Quality Social Services System in the Lingang New Area” is one of the specific tasks of this city to implement the State Council’s “Overall Plan for the Lingang New Area of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.” While focusing on advancing the industrial development of the new area, the city simultaneously strengthens the overall planning for social undertakings and public services. The Shanghai Municipal Development and Reform Commission works with the Lingang New Area Administrative Committee, the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, and Shanghai Sports Bureau to draft the Plan in accordance with the new area’s overall goal of creating an open, innovative and smart ecosystem, realize the integration between the industry and the city, and form a modern new city that is suitable for living and working in, as well as the actual situation of the new area.
Overall considerations of the Plan
The overall considerations of the Plan are to adhere to the development concept that “a people’s city is developed by the people and for the people”; adapt to the demographic trends and industrial innovation in the new area; aim high and forge ahead to build and optimize the public service system from a high starting point and with high standards; develop the new area into a modern new city in which everyone has a chance to make a difference, everyone can participate in governance in an orderly manner, everyone can enjoy a quality life, everyone can truly feel the warmth, and everyone can have the sense of belonging; provide a great example for the city in the construction of public service systems.
In the drafting of the Plan, four basic principles were followed: 1) advancing the Plan in a coordinated manner. Based on the overall layout of the Lingang New Area and the needs of different groups of people, appropriate public services will be planned; 2) taking a forward-looking view. Based on the vision of the Lingang New Area, a batch of high-quality forward-looking service projects will be deployed; 3) adopting an open and sharing model. Relying on the advantages of the opening-up of the Lingang New Area, measures will be taken actively to connect high-level resources at home and abroad, and to explore new ways of collaboration and co-governance, in a bid to create a new highland for public service opening-up; 4) Leverage its own characteristics. By combining the resource advantages of the Lingang New Area, special public services and products will be developed, and the initiative will be taken to drive the city’s digital transformation and promote Lingang as a public service brand.
2. The main contents of the Plan
The Plan proposes a two-stage development goal: By 2025, a high-quality social service system in the Lingang new area will be basically established in the industry-city integration zone. In the pilot zone, people can have their living needs met within a 15-minute living circle, and a number of major functional facilities will be completed and start operation. Institutional reform and innovation measures will be implemented gradually. The urban-rural community governance model in line with the characteristics of the Lingang New Area will basically take shape. By 2035, a “Lingang Model” of high-quality social service system will be formed to cover the entire area of the New Area. The high-quality, balanced and convenient public service system will become more mature. Finally, a new socialist modern city will be built to allow kids to be taken care of, children to have good education, diligent workers to get fair reward, patients to have access to quality healthcare, the elderly to enjoy a good retirement life, people to have a livable environment, and the vulnerable groups to obtain social support.
In terms of key tasks, the Plan proposes to create “five key identities”, including a pioneering area for education reform and opening-up, a leading area for high-quality health services, a world-class cultural, sports and tourism destination, a service model ‘at the doorstep’, and a new benchmark for socialist modern urban governance.
In terms of creating a pioneering area for education reform and opening-up, the main tasks include building a core urban area for the integration of industry and education. The Lingang New Area’s national industry-education integration pilot core area has been officially launched. The Plan proposes to build a batch of high-level institutions, disciplines as well as experimental and training platforms around the key industries in the New Area, and explore the set-up of mixed-ownership vocational or secondary colleges, in a bid to advance the deep integration between schools and enterprises. Efforts will be made to make education more international and diverse. The Plan proposes to explore ways to attract high-level foreign universities to set up schools in Shanghai, focus on basic science, industrial innovation and other fields to create high-level research institutes, introduce new innovative models of lifelong education, and encourage qualified high-quality international educational resources providers to run schools.
In terms of creating a leading area for high-quality health services, the main tasks include: constructing a function-led, treatment-prevention-integrated public health service system, accelerating the capacity building of monitoring, early warning and emergency response, improving the response level to major epidemics, strengthening health management throughout the entire life cycle, and improving early screening of key diseases and the capacity building of mental health intervention. Build a smart, convenient, comprehensive and efficient primary medical service system, introduce world-class general practice clinics, and vigorously develop smart medical services such as internet-based medical treatment. At the same time, explore the establishment of a new model of health consortium in which municipal medical centers and community hospitals work closely to improve the level of community medical capabilities. Form a city-level medical center with complete functions and integration of medical care and the medical industry. Build a regional emergency and intractable disease diagnosis and treatment center based on the Lingang campus of Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, establish a high-standard platform connecting resources of the industry, the universities and the research circles, and promote clinical research and the transformation of research results. Introduce world-class health service brands with unique characteristics and high quality, develop a batch of international, private-run specialist clinics, and strive to make breakthroughs in the use of certain medical equipment technologies and the configuration of large-scale medical equipment.
In terms of creating a world-class cultural, sports and tourism destination, the main tasks include: creating a frontier featuring inclusive cultural exchanges and integration, incorporating cultural elements into urban planning and community construction, cultivating new highlights in cultural and creative industries, and actively carrying out reforms and innovation pilot programs on social and cultural relics management. Form a world-renowned international sports fashion center, leveraging resources such as the Dishui Lake, the surrounding lake scenes, and urban parks to groom an international water sports brand, cultivate special events such as winter sports, city orienteering games to add more open space for hosting sport activities. Create a high-level global tourism demonstration zone, fully tap the potential of tourism resources in the new area, develop characteristic tourism routes such as waterfront tours, recreational parks, industrial visits and experience, create a unique, slow-paced urban living area, and strive for high-quality recreational resort surrounding the Dishui Lake.
In terms of creating a service model ‘at the doorstep’, the main tasks include: accelerating the layout of comprehensive service facilities on the doorstep, setting up various community service functions based on future-oriented work and lifestyle, and creating a multi-functional hall on the doorstep with Lingang characteristics. Improve home care services for the elderly, implement the ideation of ‘active aging’, comprehensively build senior-friendly urban and rural communities, increase the supply of various facilities and services for eldercare, and foster new bright spots for consumption of the aged.
In terms of creating a new benchmark for socialist modern urban governance, the main tasks include: building an international and vibrant new community, introducing facilities and services that facilitate the lives of foreign residents, encouraging domestic and foreign residents to participate in public affairs, and enhancing the sense of belonging and shared identity to the community. Promote urban-rural integrated governance, strengthen grassroots public administration service functions, promote more service resources to penetrate into the communities, support social organizations to carry out activities in accordance with the law, explore public welfare innovation models like social enterprises, and cultivate a group of high-quality social workers with international perspectives. Improve “Two Networks” of city governance with Lingang characteristics, seize the opportunity of urban digital transformation, explore new models of AI+ services, and realize the transformation and upgrade from ‘universal’ to ‘intelligent’ handling of government civic affairs.
3. Supporting measures
To achieve the above-mentioned key tasks, the Plan has proposed four supporting measures: First, in terms of land planning, the new area will make forward-looking plans and make land reservations in advance, improve the degree of mixed land use, increase public service facilities, and allocate existing resources in a coordinated manner. Second, in terms of capital investment, increase the investment of special funds for public services in the new area, resume responsibilities in the urban area based on the division of responsibilities, and give full play to the incentives of various support policies. Third, in terms of the business environment, promote all types of market entities to enjoy equal treatment of access. Fourth, in terms of talent introduction, establish a more flexible and convenient talent introduction mechanism, enrich various supporting services, and create a benign working and living environment.
4. Next steps
Currently, various government departments have incorporated relevant contents of the Plan into the 14th Five-Year Plans in respective fields and the special plan for the Lingang’s public services. The Lingang New Area Administrative Committee will also formulate a specific implementation plan. For the next step, the Municipal Development and Reform Commission will work with the Lingang Administrative Committee and relevant municipal departments to promote its implementation one by one in accordance with the goals, tasks and initiatives detailed in the Plan, and continuously improve the level of social public services in the Lingang New Area. #