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China to Allocate 80 Bln Yuan for High-tech Development

The China Development Bank (CDB) will provide 80 billion yuan (US$10.7 billion) to support the development and innovation of high-tech enterprises in upcoming five years.

According to a memorandums of understanding recently signed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and CDB, the fund will be used in high-tech innovation, key projects, small-and medium-sized high-tech firm development and etc.

It is an effort initiated by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to formulate efficient finance channels for the high-tech industry at China Hi-tech Fair being held in Shenzhen.

Apart from government supportive policies, the industry still needs other effective financing methods such as venture capital investment, bank loans and public listing.

The NDRC will work with the CDB and Shenzhen Stock Exchange to promote cooperation between high-tech enterprises and the capital market in a bid to solve financial difficulties of high-tech enterprises.

(Xinhua News Agency October 13, 2007)

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