Economic Revitalization by Cities in Heilongjiang Province



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Proposal Focus
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
The importance of engaging representatives of the various industrial clusters (both public and private sector firms) in economic development discussions, to ensure that government initiatives are in tune with the priority needs of the industry. Arrange industry dialogue and promotion activities by industry rather than broad-based or geographically (e.g. have industry cluster committees, trade fairs for specific industries, etc.). For China (regarding regional/corridor development) . The importance of creating incentives for effective collaboration among participating cities and jurisdictions, and highlight examples of success stories (mutual benefits achieved). . For economic development, build on analysis of both comparative and competitive advantages of the area.


The northeastern region of China, including Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning provinces, served as the major industrial base up to the mid 1970s. The region's economic growth has stagnated since then, compared with the eastern and southern regions of the country. This proposal seeks to assist the public authorities, through the CDS process, to formulate turn-around strategies for the region and for the cities.
Assist cities in Heilongjiang Province – Harbin, Mudanjiang, Jixi, Daqing and Qiqihar– to enhance their effectiveness, equity, and financial sustainability through a CDS process, focusing on: 1) Local economic development and industrial restructuring;  2) Unemployment / urban poverty alleviation;  3) and Urban environmental improvements, applying an eco-systems and circular economy approach
1. Review of current development strategies and planning institutions;  2. Elaboration of CDSs with emphasis on industrial restructuring and poverty reduction. Focal areas would be the following: economic transition and rejuvenation; related poverty alleviation strategies; related regional linkage strategies; and related investment needs and modern financing instruments; 3. Training and capacity building.
Expected Impacts and Results
Industrial restructuring policy document (“white paper”) elaborated; CDSs with action plans by city fully prepared; A regional economic corridor of Harbin, Daqing and Qiqihar established; Investment programmes and financial instruments elaborated and implemented.