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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Friday, February 21 2020 - 22:10
Enterprises Resume Work and Production in Xi'an, China amid Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
XI'AN, China, Feb. 21, 2020 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/ --

As China continues to tackle the novel coronavirus outbreak, its industries 
have started to return to work in an orderly manner. Xi'an, one of the national 
central cities and an important scientific research, educational and industrial 
base in China, has recently introduced a number of measures to help enterprises 
pull through the difficult times and speed up their resumption of production, 
such as optimizing government services, delaying social security payments, 
stabilizing employment with subsidies and increasing credit support.

According to statistics released by Xi'an Bureau of Industry and Information 
Technology, as of February 19, more than 400 enterprises in Xi'an have resumed 
production. A total of 34 large industrial enterprises have resumed work and 
production, accounting for 75.6% of all the 45 large industrial enterprises. 
Production capacity has also been gradually restored, as 9 large enterprises 
with production and sales of over RMB10 billion have fully or partially resumed 
production, such as Shaanxi Automobile Holdings Limited and Samsung (China) 
Semiconductor Co., Ltd.

On February 10, Shaanxi Fast Auto Drive Group Co., Ltd. headquartered in Xi'an, 
began to resume production. With strictly implemented epidemic prevention 
measures, it has promptly restarted multiple production lines like the gear 
processing line in order to meet urgent market needs. On February 14, Shaanxi 
Automobile Holdings also resumed production, with more than 2,000 employees 
back to work and one production line restarted. More than 12,000 employees have 
so far returned to work at Huawei Xi'an Research Institute. Micron 
Semiconductor (Xi'an) Co., Ltd. has restored 80% of its production capacity.

Xi'an International Trade & Logistics Park, China's largest inland port, has 
set up a green channel service. With the service, trucks do not need to stop, 
drivers do not need to get out of their cockpits, and traffic does not need to 
wait outside of the station. Epidemic prevention measures are fully 
implemented, such as disinfection and decontamination, temperature measurement 
and registration. All these measures help ensure the smooth operation of the 
China-Europe Chang'an freight train service. The China-Europe Chang'an freight 
train made a total of 200 trips in January, 2.4 times that of the same period 
last year. Affected by the outbreak, the Chang'an international freight train 
has slowed down its operation, but it still maintains the frequency of one trip 
per day.

As enterprises resume production, personnel mobility is increasing. In order to 
stop the virus from spreading, the Xi'an government provides "one-on-one" 
services for enterprises returning to work, to help them implement prevention 
and control measures such as quarantine and observation, nucleic acid testing 
and environmental decontamination. Meanwhile, the government is fully committed 
to coordinating efforts to solve problems that these enterprises face regarding 
personnel, transportation, dining and accommodation. The Xi'an government 
introduces a number of measures to help small and medium-sized enterprises 
resume work, such as reducing or exempting rents, providing interest subsidies, 
and helping enterprises develop markets.

Xi'an will centrally arrange a special fund of 200 million yuan to support the 
employment of local enterprises, and a special fund of 1 billion yuan to 
support local enterprises in vocational training for employees. Xi'an will 
offer a full subsidy for the expenses of the enterprises incurred in 
transporting employees with booked vehicles and train compartments; offer a 
partial subsidy for the transportation costs of personnel returning to work on 
their own; and offer a full subsidy for the costs of nucleic acid testing.

Source: Xi'an Bureau of Industry and Information Technology