Special Economic Zone

Haven pegs prosperity on balance between growth and environment

Hainan , once a byword for economic mismanagement, has spent much of the past decade recovering from the freewheeling excess that greeted Deng Xiaoping's establishment of the entire island as a special economic zone exactly 20 years ago.

Sunday, 4 May, 2008, 12:00am

Hi-tech zone helps propel city's economic expansion

The Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone is the most successful special economic zone in western China and a symbol of the city's drive towards a globalised economy.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing loosens grip on economic zones

Beijing's campaign to control the growth of special economic development zones will end this year despite there still being too many concessions across the country, according to a senior planning official.

5 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Shenzhen drops need for entry permits

Shenzhen is moving a step closer to abolishing its border with the rest of the country by allowing people from other cities to enter the special economic zone (SEZ) on presentation of their ID cards.

10 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Shenzhen vice-mayor says special economic zone will reach 14.5% economic growth

Shenzhen vice-mayor Li Decheng says the special economic zone will surpass this year's economic growth target of 14 per cent, and reach 14.5 per cent.

Mr Li was speaking at a cocktail reception hosted by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp and the Bank of East Asia to celebrate their start of yuan business in Shenzhen.

11 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Special zones lead the way

The government expects the gross domestic product (GDP) of the five special economic zones to grow 15 per cent this year, an official of the cabinet's SEZ Office says.

Their GDP was 215.5 billion yuan (about HK$201.25 billion) in 1996, up 14.3 per cent from 1995, the official said. This growth was 5 per cent above the national rate.

9 May 1997 - 12:00am

City with an eye on the future

In factories, government offices and tea houses across Shantou, residents are taking a magnifying glass to their special economic zone (SEZ) - and none too soon.

Although Beijing has yet to revoke the SEZ's preferential policies, it has warned the special treatment cannot continue much longer.

9 May 1996 - 12:00am

Powers give Shantou control of its destiny

NEW laws will be put forward in Shantou Special Economic Zone this year aimed at tackling pollution, improving social security and protecting foreign investors.

At least three pieces of legislation will be drafted by December, Chairman of Shantou People's Congress Wu Bo said.

5 May 1996 - 12:00am

SEZ pledges to rid itself of 'eyesore' flowergirls

The Government must take immediate action to get rid of 'social eyesores' like 'flowergirls', a Shenzhen official says.

Liu Jiashen, vice-director of the Shenzhen Municipal Supervision Bureau, has prepared a report on 'frustrating social images' for the city's People's Political Consultative Conference.

9 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Shenzhen in red tape fight

SHENZHEN will set up a high-level body in a bid to eradicate red tape in border control by next year.

The proposal of establishing a port affairs co-ordinating management committee is being deliberated by the State Economic and Trade Commission and the State Commission for Restructuring Economy, said Zeng Zhiwen, Director of the Port Affairs Office of Shenzhen.

7 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Shenzhen bid to defend privileges

SHENZHEN yesterday invoked the authority of Deng Xiaoping to defend its special privileges against criticism.

The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) vowed to carry on its present economic policies because they were set in the stone by the patriarch.

23 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Daya Bay blamed for less growth in Shenzhen

SHUTTING down the Daya Bay nuclear plant reactors was responsible for a slowdown of industrial growth in Shenzhen, a report by a semi-official Chinese agency said yesterday.

The Hong Kong China News Agency (HKCNA) said Shenzhen's industrial growth had been only 14.7 per cent in the first four months this year.

29 May 1995 - 12:00am

Economic zone to follow trend on infrastructure

AS Beijing pours water onto the sizzling Chinese real estate market, the authorities in Zhuhai have announced that the special economic zone will come into line with the rest of Guangdong province.

Like the rest of the cities in the province, Zhuhai is to move away from luxury residential property development to focus on infrastructure projects.

8 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Shenzhen campaign on industrial safety

SHENZHEN hopes to improve its poor industrial safety record by requiring enterprises which employ more than 50 workers to hire safety officers.

The measure, modelled on Hong Kong practice, will be implemented later this year. The Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will be the first in China to try this approach to industrial safety.

16 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Capitalists join communist fold

BELIEVE it or not, the ''capitalists'' in China's free-wheeling special economic zone Shenzhen are turning red - they have joined the Communist Party.

9 Jun 1994 - 12:00am