writers Jin Zheng, Wen Hao PORT LOUIS (Xinhua) — A
glittering “Eden Garden”, located at the heart of China-built
Jinfei Economic, Trade & Cooperation Zone (Jinfei Zone) in
western Mauritius, will symbolize the Indian Ocean Archipelago’s
march toward modernity.
Just like its name “Eden”, this
gleaming complex that blends Chinese architectural
prowess with Africa’s aesthetic beauty is a crown jewel
that is a spectacle to behold.
Its novel architectural design of
symmetric and triangle elements towering to the sky in a
simplified and modern expression presents a striking
sense of power and grandeur, and its well-elaborated
configuration in functionality of arts gallery,
exhibition, wedding, KTV, cinemas, leisure and
entertainment, water-curtain lighting show and open-air
performance stands all in one.
The Eden Garden Culture &
Entertainment Square that will be unveiled in October
this year straddles a huge swathe of Jinfei Zone that
happens to be the first smart city to be developed in
Mauritius through a partnership with China.
This world-class economic and trade
zone that occupies 211 hectares of land is located 3.5
kilometers west of the Mauritian capital of Port Louis
near some of the country’s most iconic landscapes.
Mauritius’ dream of having an
outstanding smart city overlooking a serene beachfront
will be realized in 2025 thanks to strategic harnessing
of capital, technology and skills from China.
(Xinhua) — The Eden Garden Culture &
Entertainment Square, located at the Jinfei Economic,
Trade & Cooperation Zone (Jinfei Zone), 3.5 kilometers
west of Port Louis, capital of Mauritius. The
China-built Jinfei Zone that occupies 211 hectares of
land is located 3.5 kilometers west of the Mauritian
capital of Port Louis near some of the country’s most
XINHUA PHOTO: WANG TENG
It was in 2014 that the Mauritian
government unveiled the Smart City Program in a bid to attract
investments in high-tech industries, financial services, tourism
and the blue economy.
China’s Shanxi Investments Group was
invited to undertake the development of Jinfei Zone, or Jinfei
Smart City, in a region that was once a marshland.
Hang Lianjun, the general manager of
the Shanxi Investments Group, said reclaiming a marshland to put
up a modern smart city was challenging but human ingenuity and
determination finally ushered in positive outcomes.
The Shanxi Investments Group followed
guidelines outlined by the Mauritian government to implement the
Jinfei Zone project that blends modernity with Afro-centric
environmental and cultural symbols.
Hang said the company’s contractual
terms stated that it would develop the physical infra-structure
and other amenities that are a defining feature of a smart city
before handing it over to the Mauritian government.
“Through negotiations, we handed over
roads, fences, pipe networks and other public and auxiliary
facilities to the Mauritian government, which offset the rent of
some land in the park, while reducing the continued investment
and maintenance costs in the future,” said Hang.
A new master-plan for Jinfei Zone,
that was updated in 2016 and was endorsed by both Mauritian and
Chinese govern-ments, seeks to promote tourism, education,
healthcare, tourism and finance sectors by harnessing smart
Besides the landmark “Eden Garden”,
Other projects to be implemented in Jinfei Zone include a
Sino-Africa financial service center that will act as a one-stop
shop for overseas Chinese firms keen to explore business
opportunities in Mauritius.
The establishment of an Internet Data
Center that will be unveiled later this year will digitize
operations at the zone.
Hang said key activities at Jinfei
Zone like financial services and cultural tourism will be
The establishment of a smart city in
Mauritius which is variously described as a shining pearl over
Indian Ocean will boost its position as a strategic link on the
Belt and Road Initiative put forward by the Chinese government.
Lately, Chinese investors have
demonstrated keen interest to invest in the Jinfei Zone.
Lu Jixian, the managing director of
China’s Cinda Jinfei B&R Fund said Chinese companies have been
attracted by Mauritius’ economic competitiveness, friendly
policies and strategic location to invest inside the new
Jinfei Zone, that borrows heavily from
Chinese model of establishing smart cities to become financial
services, technology and tourism hubs, has won accolades from
Mauritius top leadership.
Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood
Jugnauth said during a tour of Jinfei Zone early this year that
it would herald a new era of economic revival in the country.