At 6:20, February 21st, a cargo aircraft arrived at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport from Baku, Azerbaijan. It’s scheduled to transport 60-plus metric tons of goods via Luxembourg to cities such as Frankfurt, Jaen and Milan.
Faced with difficulties during the epidemic prevention and control period, many cargo airlines like Silk Way West Airlines keep running their inter-continental flights. Henan Airport Group has established a joint mechanism and “green passages” with customs, immigration inspection and air traffic control authorities to provide uninterrupted services for international cargo airlines. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, 10 cargo airlines based in China and beyond have maintained normal flight operations and delivered 11 thousand metric tons of goods.
Bordering Hubei province, Xinyang and Nanyang in Henan province had received more than 140 thousand immigrant workers back for holidays before the Spring Festival. Known well as a granary and an industrial engine of China, it’s imperative for Henan to keep the production on and ensure supply. Besides giving priority to the epidemic prevention and control, Henan also focuses on production resumption after the holidays in a targeted and combined manner.
Providing “ rapid-response service” and big data platforms
Effective epidemic prevention and control is the premise for production resumption. In mid-February, Henan set out its plans requiring businesses to arrange the sequenced return of employees, track their health conditions and spare a temporary quarantine zone. Enterprises must disinfect major areas every morning and evening, keep the central air conditioning system off and push for individual dining and meal boxes.
During this special period, how to cope with difficulties in employees’ return to posts, interrupted traffic and logistics and sharp shortages in protective gear? The answer partly lies in big data and cloud platforms, which monitor and inspect from the source, send vehicles for delivery, hire online and raise and collect supplies.
Resuming production by category and region in an orderly way
The collective data of State Grid Henan Provincial Electric Power Company suggest that on February 20th, out of the 16.6 thousand enterprises above the designated size directly powered by the company, 8,125 resumed business, accounting for 48.81%, with 216 million kilowatt hours consumed during the day, achieving 64.91% of design capacity.
Mr. Huang Qiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Henan Provincial Committee and Executive Vice Governor, said the production of medical and preventive supplies is in full swing. Energy industry has gained comprehensive production. Most food processing businesses and major vegetable wholesale markets are open. 40% of foreign trade businesses have been running and other sectors are being resumed in an orderly way.
Facilitating business resumption at design capacity
To help enterprises solve the shortage of funds, Henan manages the financial resources to adopt a 5-billion-yuan targeted re-lending. And it requires all financial institutes, under the circumstances of extension, renewal and installment repayment, not to simply block property or freeze assets.
Medium, small, and micro enterprises make up over 95% of all businesses across the province. In response to the major problems they have, Henan rolled out 20 preferential policies to help them overcome the difficult period, such as reducing or exempting rents, postpone paying the premiums for employees including old-age pension, unemployment and work-related injury insurance and not stopping the power and water supply with overdue bills.