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City's think tank taps overseas expertise

SHANGHAI'S urban construction commission announced yesterday that 12 overseas experts from seven countries and regions will join a government think tank to help the city to promote low-carbon vehicles and green buildings.

These experts will work from 2011 to 2015, the city's 15th Five-Year Plan period, and offer ideas and suggestions on green technologies to be applied to transportation and construction.

It's the first time for Shanghai government to hire overseas experts for the think tank. The 12 experts are from Singapore, the United States, France, Australia, Britain, Taiwan and Hong Kong. They will join their Chinese peers to study issues related with the city's key construction projects and come up with solutions or suggestion.

One of their tasks is to help apply technologies and practices showcased at the Urban Best Practices Area of Expo 2010 in urban development, such as the low-carbon transport system and trash recycling practices of the city of Taipei in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, more than 10 multinational companies and individuals were awarded for their contribution to Expo Shanghai at a local forum on post-Expo development, organizers announced today.

The forum, held by Fudan University's School of Management and China Business Journal, discussed Shanghai's economic restructuring after the six-month event.


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