First National animation industry park opens in north China city of Tianjin

30 May 2011 0 h 37 min 28 comments

China’s first state-level animation production base opened Friday 27 May in northern Tianjin Municipality, with a total investment of 4.5 billion yuan (690 million U.S. dollars).

More than 180 firms have signed up for animation production and related services at the 770,000-square-meter base, located in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city.

The second phase construction is expected to be finished in 2012, the official said.

China Minister of Culture Cai Wu told a launching ceremony that animation production had been included into the country’s overall development plan for culture industry during the 2011-2015 period. He said “over the past two years the culture ministry and the Tianjin municipal government had worked together to create a favorable environment for animation industry development in fund raising, financial and technology services”.

“The Tianjin based National Animation and Industry Comprehensive Demonstration Park (NAIP) will be developed into a center for animation production, trading, exhibition, training, research and development and international exchanges”, Cai said. The park will also provide copyright protection services and professional training for related enterprises, the official said.

The minister of Culture said this was part of the country’s efforts to boost homegrown animation industry. As a proff of this strong government support: On April 30, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao made a visit to the national cartoon and animation industrial park in Tianjin, one month before its official opening.

The Tianjin Eco-City, located in the Tianjin Binhai New Area, is a joint project between China and Singapore. It is designed to be a sustainable community that meets the needs of urbanization.

SOURCE: Xinhuanet (27 & 28/05/11)

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