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Changning Aims for Int’l Standards in Urban Construction
08/29/2017 China News Service

In Shanghai, one-third of foreigners live in Changning District, which is also known as a mini United Nations with 28 foreign consulates in Shanghai, more than 7,000 foreign-funded enterprises and agencies (or offices) and 70,000 foreigners.

After nearly half a year of preparation, the “Changning Indicator System for Accelerating the Construction of the International Well-developed District Characterized by Innovation, Fashion and Livability” was issued on July 21. Xu Zejian, deputy Party chief of Changning District Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security, revealed that as Shanghai’s first and only district-level unit with the examination and approval authority for foreigners’ work permit in China, since May 2017 Changning Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs has received 4,590 person-times of human resources personnel of employers in on-site business handling, and approved the registration of 1,089 units in review; a total of 90 “Notices on Foreigner’s Work Permit” and 80 “Foreigner’s Work Permit” cards have been issued.

Xu said in the interview that Changning will further innovate in services and measures, focus on the employment demands in the key industries in the district such as aviation services, the “Internet +” life service industry, and the fashion and creative industries, implement the special recruitment of overseas talents, and help the foreign talents with their “introduction, settlement, employment and flow”.

The opinions of the foreigners in Shanghai were solicited in developing the indicator system, so as to draw on the standards of advanced districts in international cities and attract more foreign talents. For example, by referring to the construction of cultural landmarks at London’s West End and New York’s Broadway, Changning has set “implementation of urban renewal projects for historical features”, “number of multi-level cultural and sports activities” and other indicators.

Another example is that in terms of the traffic, in 2015 the public transit trips accounted for 86%, 69% and 54% of the totals respectively in Tokyo, Seoul and New York, with the proportions of public transit trips at the downtown districts higher than the cities’ general levels. Comparing with the standards, Changning has adopted the “proportion of green traffic in total transport means” and other indicators.

According to Lu Hao, chief of Changning District Development and Reform Commission, the research team of the indicator system studied the development rules and main features of the advanced urban districts in international cities such as Uptown in New York and La Défense in Paris, and adopted 16 indicators at the international levels on the basis of Changning’s actual situations.

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