With the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the internationalization of Shenzhen has entered a new stage. As early as 2019, Shenzhen issued the Implementation Opinions on Promoting the Construction of International Blocks to Enhance Shenzhen’s International Level, putting forward the concept of “international blocks” and attaching great importance to it. Afterwards, Shenzhen started to promote the construction of an international block network, providing support for exploring high-quality construction of an international city and enhancing the governance capacity and international influence of a megacity.
After more than three years of exploration and construction, the first batch of 20 qualified international blocks have achieved remarkable advancements in optimizing public space design, building foreign-related service teams, optimizing the international languages environment and promoting cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries. In response to adapting to local conditions, the unique characteristics of each block are identified and the international block models with their own characteristics and development are set.
In order to evaluate the achievements of the first batch of international blocks in a more scientific and objective way, in 2022, the Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office, on the basis of referring to relevant standards and norms at home and abroad and soliciting opinions, compiled the Evaluation Guide for the Construction of International Blocks in Shenzhen. It documents the establishment of the evaluation system for the construction of international blocks with Shenzhen characteristics to drive the comprehensive advancement of Shenzhen’s internationalization.
Seventy-Seven percent of respondents are interested in expanding their businesses in South China, and 97% of companies have confirmed their commitment to remaining in the region, showing confidence in the local business environment, according to the European Business in China Business Confidence Survey 2023 released by the European Chamber South China Chapter yesterday in Shenzhen.
Elevators without floor buttons, eye-catching road light poles, smart traffic systems and ports, and interconnected underground space, all of which could possibly leave a deep impression on visitors who come to the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone for the first time.
Source: Planning and Natural Resources Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality