China News Service, Shanghai, March 1 (Pufan) The 2024 work site meeting for the high-level construction of the Hongqiao International Open Hub was held in Shanghai on the 1st.

The total GDP of Hongqiao International Open Hub (hereinafter referred to as: Hongqiao Hub) will increase from 2.3 trillion yuan (RMB, the same below) in 2020 to 2.8 trillion yuan in 2023, with an economic density of 400 million yuan per square kilometer. 4.7 times the average level in the Yangtze River Delta region.

  "Hongqiao pioneered the world's first model of adjacent airports and high-speed rail stations. It was originally a transportation hub." Xia Ji, director of the Yangtze River Delta Research Institute of Hualue Think Tank, told China News Service reporters that the construction of transportation hubs has brought "traffic" and has become a "big city". The basic support for the development of "Hongqiao".

  In the three years since the construction of the Hongqiao hub, the total passenger flow has accumulated to nearly 900 million passengers, of which the passenger flow scale has increased significantly in 2023, reaching 407 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 1.6 times.

Such a volume of "flow" benefits from the steady progress of transportation hub construction over the years, the effective improvement of international air transportation service efficiency, the continuous smoothing of cross-regional rail transit networks, and the continuous advancement of the construction of port collection and distribution systems...

  In Xia Ji's view, since there is "traffic", it needs to be converted into "retention", and Hongqiao International Central Business District (hereinafter referred to as: Hongqiao Business District) assumes this function.

  Over the past three years, Hongqiao Business District has implemented the headquarters "Honggathering" plan to build a functional ecosystem through the industrial chain, talent chain, and service chain to promote the high-quality development of the headquarters economy.

Currently, within the scope of Hongqiao Business District, there are a total of 127 regional headquarters of multinational companies, foreign-funded R&D centers, trading headquarters, and private enterprise headquarters recognized by Shanghai, attracting more than 500 headquarters-type enterprises in total.

  Xia Ji believes that the Hongqiao hub can allow enterprises to connect two resources in the international and domestic markets. The convenient transportation, talent gathering, and first-class business environment have also significantly reduced the operating costs, information acquisition costs, and institutional transaction costs of enterprises.

  Guangguang Automobile Shanghai Branch was established in May 2020 and is located in Hongqiao Business District. It is mainly a R&D center and functional departments.

"When you drive out, turn left for one kilometer and get on the expressway. You can reach the headquarters and vehicle production base in Zhangjiagang Economic Development Zone in one and a half hours. This geographical location helps to better coordinate and integrate the company's production and R&D resources. ." said Li Shuli, CEO of Beam Auto.

  And "retention" can often produce a "superposition effect."

Liguang Automobile is mainly engaged in the R&D and manufacturing of pure electric passenger vehicles. In Li Shuli’s view, Hongqiao and the Yangtze River Delta region have very strong industrial and supply chains in the field of automobile R&D.

"Take the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Economic Park where we are located as an example. Here, the Fortune 500 and the headquarters of well-known domestic and foreign companies are gathered. Some important partners are only one street away, which makes the relationship between our upstream and downstream industries closer."

  In addition, the high concentration of talents is also a major attraction of "Greater Hongqiao".

Wang Sizheng, president of the Shanghai Macroeconomics Society, told a reporter from China News Service that "Greater Hongqiao" has formed a "same-city effect" and is very tolerant of talents.

  In October 2020, the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau and six departments including the Hongqiao Business District Management Committee signed the "Strategic Cooperation Agreement on Jointly Building an "Immigration Policy Practice Base"" to jointly promote a number of "single windows" for foreigners' work and residence. Policies and measures should be implemented and tested first.

At present, it has applied for permanent residence permits for more than 90 foreign talents and their families, and long-term residence permits for more than 130 foreign talents and their families.

  Xia Ji believes that the current "Greater Hongqiao" is no longer just a transportation hub. As the leading role of technological innovation increases and the digital trade industry accelerates its agglomeration, the "Greater Hongqiao" has also become an innovation hub and an information hub.

  During the conference, the Export-Import Bank of China released the "Special Plan for Policy-Based Financial Empowerment of the Hongqiao International Open Hub" and announced the establishment of a special credit line of 200 billion yuan to support the construction of the "Greater Hongqiao" region and help enterprises in the "Greater Hongqiao" region to develop superior production capacity and high-quality equipment. , applicable technologies and standards “going out”.