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Singapore experiences shared

THE first batch of Pudong New Area cadres sent to Singapore for training have staged a presentation to share what they learned with colleagues.

Two Pudong government officials and two state-owned enterprise managers went there for three months to study the tourism, health, education and electronics sectors.

They returned to Pudong in early February and presented a 200-page report on what Pudong can learn from Singapore.

Unlike previous overseas study program, officials were able to gain first-hand exposure and experience through internships, rather than just visiting government departments and factories.

Zhao Shanbao, deputy director of Pudong New Area Research Office, was impressed by Singapore's balanced structure of different industries and said it has made great efforts to control the cost of living, labor rates, transportation and tax, in order to attract multinationals.

Jia Li, deputy director of the tourism department of Pudong New Area Commission of Commerce, visited many tourist areas, including the island resort of Sentosa.

He advised Pudong to apply to the state government for preferential visa policies and pilot tax-free shopping to boost tourism.

Hu Peiyan, director of Pudong New Area Organization Department, which organizes the training programs, said the cadres would benefit from exposure to the advanced ideas and methods of Singapore.

Since 1998, Pudong has sent 300 cadres on six-month university courses in the United States.


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