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Shanghai mayor talks to consular officers on city development

    Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong attended the 2017 Shanghai City Leaders and Foreign Consular Officers Meeting on Wednesday.

    Ying briefed foreign consular officers on Shanghais economic and social development, building of the four centers, and construction of the technology and innovation center.

    Ying said Shanghai is working hard to play the role of a pacesetter in innovation, economic reforms, and construction of ecological civilization in accordance with President Xi Jinpings direction made at the 19th CPC National Congress.

    Shanghai is striving to build itself into an international center of economy, finance, trade and shipping by 2020, Ying added. Building the international economical center will focus on real economy, service industries, and advanced manufacturing industries.

    Shanghai is also building an international financial center and improving functions of Shanghai Free Trade Zone in order to provide financial support and services to the Belt and Road Initiative and help domestic companies to expand their overseas market, and to strengthen financial risk management.

    As an international center of trade, Shanghai will speed up its construction of open economy; establish a law-abiding, convenient and international business environment; and build a new investment highland.

    In building an international shipping center, Shanghai will optimize its shipping distribution and service systems and upgrade its status as an international air, maritime, and railway hub. Also, the city is further enhancing its global resource allocation ability.

    Meanwhile, Shanghai will make all-out efforts to advance innovation and reforms, improve its talent cultivation environment, enhance the transformation and commercialization of scientific research findings, encourage state-owned and private companies and professionals to join in the effort of building the technology and innovation center, said the mayor.

    Openness is Shanghais biggest strength and talents, domestic and international alike, are Shanghais greatest assets, Ying said. Now there are 215,000 foreigners working in Shanghai, and the city welcomes more talents to start businesses or to come to work here. The city will keep introducing preferential policies to create a more favorable environment for all kinds of professionals and entrepreneurs.

    Ying also talked about the development of the cultural industries and international cooperation of the Belt and Road Initiative.

    Xu Kunlin, vice-mayor of Shanghai, also attended the meeting.