to the Mayor
followings are suggestions from the global business community
to Mayor Han Zheng to help make Shanghai a world metropolis.
We are one of the very few international companies that even have
"Shanghai" in our name - The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking
Why not build a masterplan for Shanghai as the "Green Metropolis"
for Asia Pacific? The proposal would be to form an Environmental
Technology Advisory Committee with the participation of enterprises,
who have clear concepts and can contribute, together with academic
institutions and governmental authorities.
committee should focus on developing a masterplan for quick wins
for the ecology, not too academic, but based on technological
achievements and proven examples in saving of energy, resources
and costs. Many companies could contribute with advanced technology.
an initiative for building a masterplan and forming a working
committee will fit to the priorities as outlined by Mayor Han:
focus on energy saving and environmental protection
enhancing modern services
emphasizing quality of growth, in particular in the area of construction.
Service export (trade) should become a key contributor to Shanghai's
growth in the future. Adopting the right policy to attract more
multinationals to set up Asia Pacific, in addition to China, headquarters
in Shanghai will accelerate this development.
global metropolises have the best-in-class communications infrastructure
to support their intensive, sophisticated business and cultural
activities. An implied, critical factor that is fundamental to
realizing Shanghai's 2020 vision of becoming an international
economic, trade, finance and shipping centre is the availability
of world class communication infrastructure for its economy, business,
government and public sectors like transportation.
It is good to hear Mayor Han emphasizing the careful use of resources.
would like to help make Shanghai industries more energy efficient
and by that enhancing Shanghai's competitiveness and image in
China and in the world.
can help increase the energy saving awareness of the people either
by introducing incentives to save energy or by law or regulations
to enforce new industrial standards.
We would like the Shanghai government to significantly raise penalty
for IPR violations in Shanghai, so that Shanghai's attraction
can be maintained for international and domestics entertainment
industries to continue or increase investment here. Culture is
critical for any international metropolis and Shanghai's further
development desperately needs cultural industry development. To
help make Shanghai a new cultural centre for China, for Asia and
even for the world, IPR protection must become a focus in practice.
Making Shanghai's retail environment conducive to legitimate content
business, in whatever forms (physical or digital), is key. When
this improves, artists and companies will naturally be drawn to
Shanghai and make a great living.
Make Shanghai the city of dreams (dream cars, jets, great ideas,
art creative companies).
a business airport for private/commercial jets and with helicopter
a car museum close to the Shanghai International Circuit.
Shanghai as the world's metropolis by popularizing a bilingual
society (Chinese and English), local education and outside recruitment.
counterfeits, privacy and keep beggar, drugs and pimps off the
a fair and harmonious society for both locals and foreigners
For the city overall it would be worth considering a more detailed
masterplan for the development of the city. This should look at
the issues of conserving buildings of architectural merit alongside
plans for new development to provide modern places of work and
formulating this plan it would be worth looking at the strengths
and weaknesses of other leading cities around the world. It is
not just a question of allowing commercial development for profit.
The most enduring and successful cities have in the centre major
parks, community buildings such as museums, theatres, buildings
for worthy non-profit organizations and social/low income housing
for people who provide useful services in the inner city but otherwise
may not be able to afford to live there as private sector prices
there needs to be a long term vision of what different types of
building users the city needs to develop a vibrant successful
self sustaining mix. The provision of good quality low income
housing will be important to allowing the process of relocation
to proceed in a harmonious way to release important city centre
is an opportunity for Shanghai to lead by example in striving
for high standards for the environment, conservation and pollution
control, not just within China but Asia.
Shanghai has always been the leading city in China and now needs
to move its strategy to a different level as many other cities
are catching up or in some instances passing Shanghai by. Let
me give two examples.
and in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, I believe Beijing has
passed Shanghai in terms of greening the environment, or removing
pollutants from the atmosphere. Beijing has a clear goal of the
Olympics and Shanghai needs to have some similar style of goal.
Secondly, I know personally of two business (major manufacturing
companies) who are looking to move their operations out of Shanghai
to developing cities such as Hangzhou, where many of the problems
are apparent in Shanghai are resolved or not an issue in that
city. For instance, environment, welcoming of foreign investments,
Shanghai to become a world metropolitans it needs to benchmark
itself against best in class in the appropriate category of infrastructure,
environment, or services etc. It then needs to map out a very
clear plan and works with industry leader to achieve this. Shanghai
should internationalize its thinking because as a world metropolitans,
it would compete with other worldly cities.
Shanghai government and the municipal districts should be congratulated
on the progress they made today but for Shanghai to continue to
develop successfully, it now needs to raise its standards to the
next level. I strongly believe it has the leadership and people
to do this.
Multinationals like ourselves need to attract much more talent
over the next 10 years to realize our goal of making Shanghai
our China, and perhaps regional, headquarters. Only by having
the best of those areas can we achieve the international level
talents to come to Shanghai and stay to help us develop our business.
Make this city an envy of the world. Make it not just exciting
for business, but "super clean" in all aspects. Make
it a fully bi-lingual world city. Bring the best of arts, museums
(we have way too few), theatres (we have far too few), concert
halls, stadiums and the like to this great city. And I am sure
many have said, develop the Bund waterfront walkway into a most
dazzling and magnificent walkway with exceptionally clean waters.
Chen: Shanghai is a great city, if we add an additional element
of arts & cultures in the city, that will be even greater.
(June 21, 2005)