Shanghai and Tencent set to deepen cooperation in building smart city

The Shanghai Government signed an agreement with Tencent on Monday to deepen the cooperation between the two parties.

The Shanghai Government signed an agreement with Tencent on Monday to deepen the cooperation between the two parties.

Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang and Mayor Ying Yong met Ma Huateng, chairman and chief executive officer of Tencent, and his delegation. Ying presided over the signing ceremony and together with Ma, he unveiled the nameplate of Tencent’s East China Headquarters.

Zhou Bo, executive vice-mayor of Shanghai, and Zhang Lijun, general manager of Tencent’s East China Headquarters, signed the agreement.

Li said Shanghai is accelerating the process of building its “five centers” as well as building itself into a globally influential socialist modern city.

Many of Tencent’s businesses dovetails with Shanghai’s development plans, and the city hopes that the two sides can deepen the existing cooperation, said Li.

Also, the city could exert its advantages in its rich resources of applications and human resources to promote the in-depth integration of artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and the real economy, further promoting the city’s efforts in building itself into a smart city and the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region’s industrial economy, social management, and public services, Li added.

In September, Xuhui District will hold the first China (Shanghai) International AI Expo 2018, and the city welcomes Tencent to participate in the expo to make debut of its new technologies, products, and new business models.

The city will strive to create the best business environment to serve the companies operating here by creating integrated online service platforms and providing them with better quality services, said Li.

Ying said that Shanghai is working hard to build its new industrial system based on modern service industries, strategic emerging industries, and advanced manufacturing industry. It is also accelerating its construction process of smart city, intelligent government, and the integrated online service platform for the companies.

The city will keep streamlining its government functions and improving its business environment. It welcomes Tencent and other quality Internet companies to support the city’s social and economic development.

Ma thanked the Shanghai government’s support to Tencent’s development in the city. He said Tencent will take advantage of the opportunity and the establishment of its East China headquarters in the city to aggregate more resources and move more business operations and technologies to the city to support the city’s development of AI and the smart city, as well as the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region.

According to the agreement, the two parties will promote projects such as intelligent retail, smart city, and Government Services Cloud to jointly build the AI highland and to promote the AI innovation application demonstration area. They will also develop the cultural innovation industry and the Internet new media; accelerate the construction of the government’s online integrated service platform with the help of Tencent’s platforms such as Wechat.

The Tencent’s East China Headquarters will locate in Binjiang area of Xuhui District. It will further integrate and optimize Tencent’s regional industries’ layout to realize the development of resources integration.

Zhuge Yujie, secretary-general of the CPC Shanghai Committee, also attended the related events.


Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang meets Ma Huateng, chairman and chief executive officer of Tencent.

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