IBLAC meeting opens today to envision Shanghai in 2040

Today, leaders of major global corporations will share views on the future of Shanghai with Mayor Ying Yong at the 29th International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council meeting.

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What kind of city will Shanghai become by 2040? The question, raised by the local government two years ago when it was making a master plan, is still evoking suggestions and comment.

Today, leaders of major global corporations will share their input on the question with Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong at the 29th International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council meeting.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Towards a Global City of Excellence.”

Along with business executives, about 500 foreign and Chinese delegates will take part in today’s forum, including consuls-general, senior government officials, heads of major state-owned companies and top private business executives.

The IBLAC forum was initiated in 1989 by then Shanghai Mayor Zhu Rongji, who later became China’s premier.

Zhu envisioned it as a platform for the world’s top business leaders to provide strategic advice on Shanghai’s development and the challenges faced by the city as it evolves.

The council has grown into an international think-tank for Shanghai mayors. Starting with 12 members from seven countries, its membership has since expanded to nearly 50 from 16 nations.

Some council members went to the Great World yesterday, which exhibits both domestic and foreign intangible cultural heritage adequately from an international perspective. Some others went to Tongji University and exchanged their opinions with faculties and students there. Tongji University is well-known for its strength in urban planning and architecture.


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