2020: The World's Shanghai
By Alexander Wan

Delegates at the 12th China Daily CEO Roundtable share their visions on the future of Shanghai.

Wan: Is Shanghai your headquarters for China, Greater China or Asia Pacific, and since when? What were your sales or business revenues in China for 2004? What will drive your company in, and out, of Shanghai as a regional headquarter? What are your most important concerns on Shanghai as your regional headquarter or future headquarter.

Yorke: HSBC relocated its China head office from Hong Kong to Pudong, Shanghai in May 2000 and acquired floor space and naming rights to HSBC Tower at a cost of over US$33 million. This further demonstrates HSBC's commitment to the long-term development of its China business.

Letters to the Mayor

The followings are suggestions from the global business community to Mayor Han Zheng to help make Shanghai a world metropolis.

Yorke: We are one of the very few international companies that even have "Shanghai" in our name - The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.

Stachels: 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.

Mayor's view: Shanghai by 2020

The following is the full text of the speech by Mayor Han Zheng in meeting with the delegates to the China Daily CEO Roundtable in Shanghai.

I believe everybody in the room has some knowledge about the past and present of Shanghai. Under the guidance of the central government, Shanghai is considering its plans.

Next year, our country will launch the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-11). Shanghai is also set to draft its social and economic development plan for the period.

The general goal of our city is to become an international economic, financial, trade and shipping centre. This goal was tailored for Shanghai by the central government and matches the theme of this roundtable - 2020: The World's Shanghai.

We designed two stages for the achievement of our goals.

Making Shanghai a world city
By Luo Man

In the last 15 years Shanghai has leapt forward and positioned itself as the gateway to China. Now the city is caught between its forward momentum and the challenges it must overcome.

Can it - will it - become one of the world's centres for finance, commerce and shipping? Will it elevate itself into a hub and a gateway, for China and for Asia Pacific?

"It seems to me that today's topic is about a dream, the dream of a global metropolis," said China Daily's Editor-in-Chief Zhu Ling at the opening of the newspaper's 12th CEO Roundtable in Shanghai on Friday.

"Shanghai has surprised the world with tremendous achievement along the way building itself into a centre for the world economy, finance, shipping and trade."

China Daily CEO Roundtable


CEO Roundtable connects movers and shakers

"I am very delighted to see this CEO Roundtable organized by China Daily, and your theme today 'The World's Shanghai by 2020' actually matches entirely with our own goal, Mr. Han Zheng, mayor of Shanghai, said in his opening remarks when he met with delegates over the weekend.

Few envy the jobs of CEOs and presidents in charge of China or Greater China operations these days. The mounting pressure from global headquarters, employees, customers and shareholders to growing, winning or surviving in the China market keeps any CEO in charge of China "stretched as hell."

No melodrama. China CEOs actually need much more help than their colleagues running operations in other countries.

The reason is simple: China is probably much more complicated than any other country. Local knowledge, or information-in-context, is what they need most. One of the best sources to gain such critical knowledge, is to learn from their peers.

The China Daily CEO Roundtable was created and launched to serve just that need. Since its inception in April 2004, more than 500 CEOs, senior executives and government leaders have taken part in 12 roundtables on various topics that are central to China's economy or business and social development.

Delegates were invited according to their current or potential impact on their respective sectors or to China's economic growth as a whole.

The key task is "collective learning" among fellow CEOs behind closed doors.

"I have long been overdosed by those big forums and conferences with hundreds of people," said one delegate, "and I found this China Daily network is second to none in putting the right people on the right topic at the right time."

As a service to the global business community by China Daily, the country's only nationwide English-language newspaper, the China Daily CEO Roundtables have put CEOs and senior executives face-to-face with senior government leaders.

They get first-hand information about China's most important policies, economic developments and social changes; to establish personal relationship and explore public-private partnership initiatives; and to make China their best performing market and, equally important, their homes.

Future roundtables will cover China's banking, logistics, telecom, lifestyle, education, health care, high technology, sustainable development, social welfare, entertainment, and others in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and other major cities.

China Daily CEO Roundtables are rapidly emerging as the voice of global business in China and the private club of the movers and shakers from the government, business, academic, cultural and social sectors.

We aim to provide nothing but first- class knowledge and networking to the China business community, said Zhu Ling, China Daily's editor-in-chief.

Upcoming events

June 24,2005

Beijing, CEO Roundable/Asia News Network Editors&CEO Summit

Confirmed speakers:

Professor Anthony Saich
Daewoo Professor of International Affairs
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Mr. Long Yongtu
Secretary General, Boao Forum for Asia.
Former Vice Minister of Moftec, PRC

Future Roundtable Topics:

*Sustainable Development and Environment
*Health Care China
*Human Capacity Development
*Lifestyle China
*Digital China
*Connecting China
*Capital China
*Logistics China
*Property and Living in China
*Sports China
*Entertaining China
*Retail China

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The 12th China Daily CEO Roundtable

Honourary Chairman

His Excellency Mr. Han Zheng Mayor of Shanghai

Government Representative
  Mr. Yu Jianming
Deputy secretary general, Shanghai Foreign economic relations & trade commission
Host Chairman
  Mr. Zhu Ling
Editor-in-Chief, China Daily
  Mr. Alexander Wan
Executive Editor, China Daily CEO Roundtable
Name   Campany   Title  
Mr. Peter Leupp
  ABB (China) Ltd   Chairman & President  
Mr. Christian Reinaudo   Alcatel
  Executive Vice President and Asia Pacific President  
Dr. Juergen Dahmer
  Bayer (China) Ltd   President, Greater China  
Dr. Elmar Stachels

  Bayer (China) Ltd   Managing Director Greater China Country Group  
Mr. William Valentino
  Bayer (China) Ltd   General Mnager Corporate Communications Greater China  
Dr. Edward Tse
  Booz Allen Hamilton   Managing Director, Greater China  
Mr. Jean Luc Chereau
  Carrefour China   President, Executive Board  
Mr. Foo Piau Phang
  Dell China   President  
Mr. Joseph Tse   Deloitte China   Tax managing partner, Eastern China Region  
Mr. Ronald Chao
  Deloitte China   Corporate Finance Partner  
Mr. Ian Thackwray   Dow Corning Asia   Corporate Vice-President and President  
Mr. Jack Lin   Franklin Templeton Fund   CEO  
Mr. Nicholas Loup   Grosvenor   Managing Director, Asia Pacific  
Ms. Anne Lam   Fidelity Investments HK   Chief Representative  
Mr. Shane Tedjarati
  Honeywell (China)   President  
Mr. Richard Yorke
  HSBC   Chief Executive China Business  
Mr. Jean-Francois Gillard   Managing Director & Country Manager Hong Kong & China   ING  
Mr. R. Ralph Parks   JPMorgan   Chairman, Asia Pacific  
Ms. Ying Yeh   Eastman Kodak Company   Chairman, Greater China Region  
Mr. Pierre Denis   LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics Group   Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific  
Mr. Patrick Lee   LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics Group   General Manager, China  
Mr. Richard A. David   First China Property Group Ltd   Director & CEO  
Mr. G. (Guy) Russo   McDonald's China   President Greater China  
Mr. James, Yuen Wo Chu   McDonald's China   Senior Vice President  
Mr. Jean-Pascal Salvaj   Richemont China   Chief Representative  
Prof. Dr. Horst Loechel   Shanghai Intl Banking & Finance Inst.   Chairman of Board of Directors  
Mr. Christian Augsten   Siemens China   GH, Business Administration Region  
Mr. Andrew Y. Wu   SONY Music Entertainment (PRC) Inc   Chief China Representative  
Ms. Susan Chen   Swatch group   President, China  
Mr. Ken McCall   TNT China   CEO  
Mr. Richard Man Fai Lee   Wo Kee Hong (Holdings) Ltd.   Executive Chairman, CEO  
Mr. Zhou Li   China Daily CEO Roundtable   Producer CEO Roundtable  
Mr. Yao Lunchun   Editor-in-chief, Shanghai Star   China Daily  
Ms. Isabelle Liu   ABB (China) Ltd.   Vice President, Corporate communications  
Mr. Kin Wai Lam   Asia Pacific, Alcatel   Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications  
Ms. Leong Wai Leng   HSBC   Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking China  
Ms. Cathy Yang   Corporate Communications, Shanghai Branch, Siemens Ltd., China   Regional Communications Manager, East China