The government of China’s Fuzhou City on Friday unveiled a raft of policies to attract investment by blockchain-related companies, including rent subsidies on office space and cash awards for hitting revenue targets, hoping to bring more high-tech jobs to the city, which sits on the coast about halfway between Shanghai and Hong Kong.
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- The Fuzhou government will offer subsidies of up to 500,000 yuan (US$71,811) to approved blockchain projects, according to a report by the Fuzhou Municipal Bureau of Finance and the local Chinese Communist Party’s committee on big data.
- In addition, blockchain companies and institutions that rent offices in three designated industrial complexes in Fuzhou can receive an annual rental subsidy of up to 600,000 yuan for every 1,000 square meters of office space.
- The local government will also offer monetary rewards to local blockchain companies and institutions that receive government certifications, reach certain revenue thresholds, or provide training services in blockchain technology.
- For example, a company in Fuzhou that is certified by the state as a national-level laboratory for blockchain technologies can be awarded as much as 1 million yuan (US$143,622) by the local government, according to the report.
- Fuzhou, the provincial capital of China’s Fujian Province, lies on the country’s southeastern coast. The city positions itself as a leader in China’s digital economy and has hosted the “Digital China Summit & Exhibition” – an annual event backed by Beijing – since April 2018.
- Blockchain technology is also being used by the Fuzhou government itself. At the sixth Digital China Summit & Exhibition in April 2023, local authorities showcased the use of blockchain to store government data.
- China’s central government is promoting the potential of blockchain technology, despite banning cryptocurrency trading and mining. As early as 2021, the State Council identified blockchain as one of the seven major areas of China’s digital economy. A national blockchain research center opened in Beijing last week, which aims to train over 500,000 blockchain professionals to support the country’s Web 3.0 developments.
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