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2017 Shanghai International Think Tank Summit Successfully Held in Shanghai

On the afternoon of November 24, 2017, Shanghai International Think Tank Summit, co-hosted by the Development Research Center of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government (SDRC), Boston Consulting Group, Shanghai Development Research Foundation and Shanghai International Think Tank Exchange Center, was held in Shanghai. Meetings and discussions were carried out among experts and scholars from Boston Consulting Group, Accenture, McKinsey, Roland Berger, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Nomura Research, Capgemini, KPMG, Ernst & Young, GAO Feng Consulting, IBM, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Shanghai Branch of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, USA-China Business Council and Japan External Trade Organization, and representatives from varied government offices, state-owned enterprises, private enterprises, and foreign companies in Shanghai. The summit was themed “How to Play Shanghai’s Role as a Bridgehead in the Belt and Road Initiative”. Experts from international think tanks, heads of government agencies, corporative representatives, officials from consulates in Shanghai, and scholars from scientific research institutes attended this event.

Mr. Xiao Guiyu, Secretary General of Shanghai Municipal People's Government attended the summit and delivered a keynote speech. Wang Dezhong, Director General of the SDRC, Li Jianteng, Partner and Managing Directorof Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Mr. Qiao Yide, Vice Chairman & Secretary General of Shanghai Development Research Foundation served as the moderator of the opening ceremony, keynote speeches and roundtable dialogue respectively. In the first session, experts and scholars from 12 international think tanks talked about Shanghai’s role as a bridgehead for the Belt and Road Initiative through taking advantage of Shanghai Free Trade Zone, and prioritizing economic and trade cooperation, the openness of financial sector, scientific and technological innovation, and talent development and delivered their own opinions and suggestions. In the second session, representatives from the government, companies and international think tanks initiated a roundtable dialogue where experts and relevant government officials answered the questions raised by representatives from enterprises. Experts and scholars exchanged their ideas about problems and difficulties that transnational corporations, state-owned enterprises and private enterprises encountered in participating in the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, and talked about their suggestions about how foreign invested enterprises participate in the Belt and Road Initiative more effectively in Shanghai.