Two years ago, China announced its “Made in China 2025” plan to move the country’s manufacturing sector up the value chain, promoting development in 10 key sectors such as medical devices and robotics.
Accordingly, the government rolled out plans last week to develop the skilled workforce to serve the sector’s growth.
China’s industrial value added in the manufacturing sector expanded 6.8 percent year on year in 2016, with high-tech and equipment manufacturing posting about 10-percent year-on-year growth.
Boosting the real economy, especially the manufacturing sector, is high on the government’s economic work agenda for 2017.
China’s central leadership stressed quality in reviving the manufacturing sector Tuesday, saying the sector should shift from expanding quantity to improved quality.
Meanwhile, China will channel more energy into reducing prices and administrative fees in monopolized sectors, and strive to lower business burdens.
Since 2013, the central government has eliminated or reduced about 500 administrative fees on enterprises. In 2016 alone, the reform to replace business tax with value-added tax has reduced taxes for businesses by over 500 billion yuan (72.7 billion U.S. dollars).
Meanwhile, more free trade zones with less red tape and more preferential policies for domestic and foreign companies are in the pipeline.
The country’s top economic planner reassured last month that China will continue to encourage foreign investment in manufacturing in the country by offering more land for industrial use at lower prices.
Thanks to strong demand, talented professionals and continuous government support, China is well positioned to become one of the world’s most advanced manufacturers by 2049, Xu added.