The National Development and Reform Commission and China Construction Bank are targeting sectors including new materials, biotechnology and new-energy vehicles
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on its website on Tuesday that the fund would seek to attract private capital to invest in strategic industries.
The initiative comes as China aims to nearly double the contribution of emerging industries to its economy to 15 per cent by 2020, up from 8 per cent in 2015, according to a state plan.
“State power and funding could be a way to drive the initiative quickly in the short term,” said Nie Huihua, a professor of economics at Beijing’s Renmin University. “However, a more effective way would be for market forces to play a bigger, decisive role in pushing ahead with such investments.”
The state and market forces can operate in parallel, he said, adding that state support could be effective in encouraging capital into sectors where private funds have yet to see strong growth prospects…