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Citizens hold the key to Expo success

EVERY citizen should try their best to help the city host a brilliant and unforgettable World Expo, Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng told the Shanghai People's Congress yesterday.

Delivering a closing speech at the city's top legislative, the Party secretary stressed that ensuring safety and security were the most important tasks to guarantee a successful World Expo.

"We should spare no efforts on Expo security, which requires active participation and support from all local citizens," Yu said.

He said all citizens should join in the efforts to maintain security and social order during the event, which will kick off on May 1 and last for six months.

In addition, a smooth traffic flow, a clean city and warm and welcoming hosts were all necessary.

Citizens are encouraged to act as volunteers and make their own contribution to the Expo, Yu said.

"We must heed the call of President Hu Jintao on staging a successful Expo and live up to the expectations of the 1.3 billion Chinese people," Yu added.

He said that about eight years ago, China promised to stage a splendid exposition if it was granted the hosting rights of the World Expo 2010.

"Now, we must keep our promise and prove it with our actions," Yu said.

He urged all SPC deputies and local citizens to overcome all kinds of difficulties and meet the challenges ahead.

With the opening of the event only about 90 days away, Yu said it was the final and crucial stage in the preparation work for the World Expo that began nearly eight years ago.

'A new pride of this city'

"No big mistake is allowed in the event," Yu said. "We will make the Expo a new pride of this city."

Also yesterday, SPC deputies jointly issued a proposal to local citizens, calling on them to act as "responsible hosts."

Ma Weixing, a deputy from a local bus company, read out the proposal at the closing session, appealing to the public to improve their sense of responsibility, give more understanding and support to the government and overcome the temporary difficulties and inconvenience caused by the Expo.

The SPC's proposal calls for self-discipline, warm smiles and excellent service to visitors.

So far, 192 countries and 50 international organizations have confirmed participation in the World Expo 2010 and more than 70 million visitors are expected.

At yesterday's closing session of their annual meeting, deputies also approved Mayor Han Zheng's government work report, the city's social and economic development plan and the city government budget for the new year.

They also elected five new members to the Standing Committee of the Shanghai People's Congress.


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