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Pudong sets out to woo expats, skilled workers

THE Pudong New Area government plans to provide better health care policies for expatriate workers and support the construction of more low-rent apartments for non-local company workers to attract more professionals from home and abroad, government officials said yesterday.

Some expatriates now pay or reimburse their medical bills with health insurance bought from their native countries, an official with the Pudong Human Resources and Social Security Bureau told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

But only one state-owned insurance company in the city is now able to provide the service. The official said if employers bought health insurance for foreigners from the company in Shanghai, the expatriates can enjoy the benefits from the new initiative.

Currently, Pudong has about 780,000 professionals with college degrees and above or greater skills, accounting for one fifth of the city's total. Among them, 15 percent are expatriates or returned Chinese scholars with international perspective.

Pudong plans to attract more professionals in the global rush for elite talents by unveiling a variety of more favorable polices to help the city develop into a financial center and a shipping hub.

Over the next five years, Pudong plans to offer Chinese green cards to 100 foreign professionals. Presently, fewer than 10 foreigners in Pudong have the permanent resident permits.

Moreover, the Pudong government plans to introduce social capital into the construction and operation of low-rent apartments for professionals for the first time.

The government has built or started construction of 1.5 million square meters of low-rent flats for professionals, while the demand is said to be 4.3 million square meters.


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