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The Eighth Annual Meeting of Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council Held

In September, Distinguished guests gathered in Chongqing. On the 23rd, the Eighth Annual Meeting of Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council was held in Chongqing International Convention & Exhibition Center. The executive chairman of this annual meeting and the Chairman & CEO of United Technologies Corporation Louis R· Chênevert and Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan delivered speeches respectively. Counsellors attending the meeting and guests expressed freely, advised and suggested on the theme "Opportunities and Challenges of Urbanization", and raised many deep insights.
In his speech, Louis R· Chênevert said, ”In the past 20 years, urbanization in China was continuously promoted, and the number of towns and cities and urban population increased sharply; in the next decade, the trend will carry on, and there will be more migrant workers settling down in cities, and the urban expansion speed will be faster. The theme of this annual meeting is “Opportunities and Challenges of Urbanization”. Your conversations may influence many people’s life in the future. In recent years, Chongqing’s urban development has changed rapidly, and urbanization level is getting higher. It is hoped that today’s conversation will help Chongqing to lead the urbanization trend in China."
In his speech, Huang Qifan said, “It is the eighth year for the Annual Meeting of Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council. In these years, Chongqing’s development has collected your wisdom and contributions, we appreciate that. At the last annual meeting, your suggestions for Chongqing enterprises “Going Out” were already adopted and absorbed. Some suggestions have achieved effects, while some are still being implemented and promoted. Last year, Chongqing’s foreign investment increased by 66%. Since the beginning of this year, although the domestic and foreign economic situation is complex and unstable, Chongqing has still maintained steady development.”
On the theme of this annual meeting, Huang Qifan introduced relevant situation of the process of promoting urbanization in Chongqing. He said, “Chongqing is the only municipality in central and western China, and is one of the five central cities in China. Different from regular cities, the Chongqing’s landform that is filled with water and mountains is very significant. In the last decade, as per urban cluster development idea, Chongqing optimized functions and patterns: metropolitan area, satellite city, ecological region, etc.; tried to build a megalopolis with reasonable echelon, functional complementation, harmonious development of large, medium and small cities in Chongqing; made urbanization process closely integrate with industrialization, informatization and agricultural modernization, and mainly promoted them in terms of four aspects:
Fist, implement five-function-region strategy, and promote the construction of metropolitan area and large ecological region. Chongqing implements the requirement of national main function region planning. Based on reality, divide Chongqing into five major function regions: urban function core region, urban function extended region, urban new region, ecological conservation development region in the northeast of Chongqing and ecological protection and development region in the southeast of Chongqing.
The purpose of doing so is to implement classified guidance and dispersed development, control development progress, demonstrate advantages, build the metropolis, protect ecology, and promote healthy development of Chongqing’s urbanization.
Second, improve major infrastructure, and strengthen interconnection and intercommunication ability of urban agglomeration. Chongqing focuses on “Three Ports and Two Ways”: airport, river port, information port, railway, and highway; coordinates with energy and public facilities, etc. aspects; continues to improve major infrastructure, and promotes intercommunication between resources and information and complementation between industry and function.
Third, Chongqing facilitates positive interaction between urbanization and industrialization through industry cultivation and city-industry integration. In the process of urbanization promotion, Chongqing strengthens urban industrial support and urban matching function of development area, and promotes integration of population, industry and resources.
Fourth, insist on urban and rural overall planning and boost agricultural modernization by relying on urbanization. Chongqing starts from reform experiment of urban and rural integrated planning, coordinates the relationship well between urbanization and agricultural modernization. Firstly, take the lead in carrying out the reform of household registration system for rural migrant workers, and promoting urbanization of population; secondly, strengthen the infrastructure construction of rural highway, irrigation and water conservancy, etc. that benefit both urban and rural areas; thirdly, develop characteristic and profitable agriculture, and provide sufficient and high quality agricultural products; Fourthly, construct modern circulation system of urban and rural integration.
Finally, Huang Qifan said, “China’s urbanization is an important symbol of development mode transformation, and persistent domestic demand promotion, meanwhile, it will have a positive impact on world economy. No matter whether in the matching infrastructure or industrial and commercial development, there is still a long way to go for Chongqing’s urbanization. There are both broad market space and problems needed to be solved urgently. You counsellors have broad views and wisdom. We really hope to receive your advice for Chongqing. Meanwhile, we are glad to share the development opportunities brought by Chongqing’s urbanization with friends from home and aboard.”
At the meeting, ANZ Bank CEO Michael Smith, Nomura Securities chairman Nobuyuki Koga, GDF Suez CEO Gérard Mestrallet, Lafarge Group CEO Bruno Lafont, etc. held in-depth discussion on four separate topics: “Prospect and Strategy of Urbanization”, “Realistic Path of Chongqing’s Urbanization Development”, “Coordinated Development among Urbanization, New Industrialization and New Informatization”, and “Promotion and Sustainable Development of New Urbanization” based on the theme of the annual meeting, and put forward many constructive suggestions.
Attracted by Chongqing’s good development trend, and inspired by past annual meetings of the advisory council, three more counsellors and one consultant joined Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council family, and gave advice and suggestions for Chongqing’s development. Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan awarded the appointment letters to the new members of the advisory council. The three counsellors are Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group President & CEO Katsunori Nagayasu, Mizuho Financial Group Representative Director Yasuhiro Sato, Tokio Marine Holdings Chairman Sumi Shuzo, and the consultant is Pacnet Business Solutions CEO Carl Grivner.
Government leaders Weng Jieming, Wu Gang, Zhang Ming, Chen Heping, Tan Jialing, etc. attended the annual meeting. 
   

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