On July 6th, 2013, Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng and Johann Schneider-Ammann, Swiss Federal Councilor and head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, signed the China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement. This is the first FTA signed between China and European countries,and will bring far-reaching implications on bilateral economic development. After visiting Switzerland in July 2013 led by Hu Chunhua， Secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, proposed to strengthen communication in biological medicine, precision manufacturing, finance fields between the Guangdong Province and Switzerland and to construct the coopeartion demostrating area in Zhongshan. According to the arrangement by Guangdong Government, Zhongshan set up the Sino-Swiss (European) Industrial Park (SSIP) in 2013. From then on, Zhongshan government leaders frequently visited Europe and actively promoted cooperation in investment,economy and trade with the Swiss federal government and agencies. SSIP’s construction was stronglycarried forward.
SSIP is divided into two parts, the core section and the co-construction section. The core section is located in the starting area of Tsuihang New District, and occupies 7k㎡ area, including 2.7k㎡ Healthcare and Medicine Zone, 1.9k㎡ Precision Manufacturing Zone, 1.9k㎡ Ecological Demonstration zone and 0.7k㎡ Finance and Education Zone. The co-construction section includes the Zhongshan National Health Base and other areas cooperated with Switzerland and other European countries in zhongshan. The positioning of SSIP is to become a Sino-European&American synergetically development platform with the characteristics of innovation-driven, technology orientation, high-end industries, cultural integration and ecological demonstration.
The main industries of SSIP: firstly, healthcare and medicine, including pharmaceuticals, foods, cosmetics, medical equipments, etc.; secondly, precision manufacturing, including integrated circuit applications, instruments equipments, textile machinery, electrical equipments, etc. In addition to the key projects, SSIP also actively introduce the modern affiliated services industries, such as financial and capital operational intermediaries, education and training services agencies. It has initially formed good industrial cluster atmosphere of healthcare and medicine, and precision manufacturing industry.
Until Dec,2015, there are already 18 introduced projects in the core section of SSIP, such as SSM, Globalgroup, Poolpak, IC Bright. And 14 projects are under negotiation, covering health technology, new energy, advanced equipment manufacturing, high-end electronic information and modern service industries.