Construction underway on Chinese medicine facility

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Issue 1289, Page 3
Word count: 490
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Construction work on the Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Industrial Park began yesterday on Hengqin Island, which authorities say is a result of the recently signed Guangdong-Macau cooperation agreement.

Five bases are expected to be built in the industrial park within five years, including a dedicated research and development facility in Chinese medicine, which will also incorporate manufacturing and production, and the establishment of international standards.

The ground breaking ceremony was officiated by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, Guangdong governor Huang Huahua, deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Zhou Bo, and secretary of the Zhuhai Municipal Party Committee Gan Lin, and other officials from Guangdong and Macau.

The 0.5 square kilometre industrial park, situated in the high tech district known as the Hengqin New Area, is the first project initiated in the Guangdong-Macau Industrial Zone.

The industrial zone is a platform for implementation of proposed mutually beneficial advances included in the ‘Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta (2008-2020)’ and the Framework Agreement on Cooperation between Guangdong and Macau.

The chief executive said in his speech that developments of Hengqin will, “greatly advance the level of cooperation between Guangdong and Macau, and will also open up new space for Macau to diversify its economy”.

The activation of the construction of the Chinese medicine park, he added, showed that the two places are “proactively implementing the ‘framework agreement’, joining hands in the Hengqin development and also demonstrated our determination to promote economic diversification”.

According to the framework of the agreement, the industrial park shall integrate Guangdong’s advances in Chinese medicine, education, scientific research and expertise in the industry with the technological capability and human resources of Macau, and attract large foreign and domestic pharmaceutical businesses to base their head offices in the area.

In addition, the park aims at becoming an integrated base for the Chinese medicine industry worldwide, where Chinese medication, health supplement products, exhibition and logistics are to be concentrated.

The park will also strive to become an international trading platform for eco-friendly herbs and quality healthcare products, especially to expand to markets in the European Union, ASEAN and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Principal officials from Guangdong and Macau attended the ceremony in Zhuhai to also mark the completion of the two year Zhuyin reservoir construction.

The reservoir will become operational after its water storage reaches optimum high levels, expected to take three years. Officials said earlier that it will address the salinity problem that Macau and Zhuhai currently face over the following 10 years.

Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said in his speech that the new facility will increase raw water supply to Zhuhai and Macau by up to 40 million cubic metres, “effectively enhancing the water storage capability, and also enhancing the capability to handle emergency water contamination,” ensuring safe and stable water supply to both cities.

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