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Pudong to continue pioneering city policy

THE Pudong New Area should continue to pioneer policy and lead other districts in Shanghai to attract, retain and train professionals, Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday at a seminar with the city's top political advisory body.

Han said Pudong, which had the biggest potential for economic expansion as home to the World Expo site and the planned Disneyland park, should further accelerate the pace of policy innovation and economic restructuring.

"The core of policy innovation is to keep professionals in Shanghai happy, especially those for services industry, and thus secure our strength in economic development," Han said after hearing proposals from members of the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Pudong has been a pioneer for two decades, he said. Policies to allow tradable land, listed companies and commercial housing were all trialed first in Pudong.

"The district should rev up efforts and make new progress as huge opportunities are right in front of us," Han said.

One huge opportunity is developing the World Expo site. The city government has drafted a plan that will be made public in the second quarter of this year to solicit opinion. In the draft, two museums will be established in the Puxi site of the World Expo to commemorate the event, and a world-class center for the exhibition industry will be set up on the Pudong site. Around the site, the city government plans to allocate more regional headquarters of multinational companies.

Han revealed that Russia, France, Italy, Spain and Saudi Arabia have given their Expo pavilions to Shanghai.


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