An international think-tank has come up with suggestions for Beijing's
development and expressed its willingness to co-operate with the
During the third session of the mayor's International Business Leaders
Advisory Council, held May 9-10 in Beijing, 11 leaders of multinational
giants aired their opinions about Beijing's 10th Five-Year Plan
They talked about its construction as well as the development of
information and modern service industries.
The advisory council is made up of 23 advisers from world leading
companies and organizations, such as Nokia, Ericsson, Electricity
de France, NEC, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Eleven of the advisers came to Beijing to attend the third session.
The meeting has become a part of the annual China (Beijing) High-Tech
Industries Week, a State-level high-tech event held every May in
Jorma Ollila, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) for the
Finland-based Nokia, said Beijing is experiencing rapid growth,
especially in its high-tech industries.
And the city's development ideas, involving priority being given
to intellectual industries, establishing an open economic structure
and strengthening environmental protection, were pioneering.
"To become an international metropolis, Beijing has to face
the challenge of enhancing people's living conditions and improving
infrastructure simultaneously,'' said Francois Roussely, chairman
and CEO of Electricity de France.
Engaged in electrical power and public energy utilities, his company
has co-operated with Chinese partners in some nuclear plants and
large coal-fired plants.
"We are eager to contribute to Beijing's environmental protection
and help the city win the bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games,''
Already a power supply project sponsored by the company has been
listed in Beijing's environmental protection plan.
Yoichi Morishita, president of the Japan-based Matsushita Electric
Industrial Co Ltd, also said Matsushita will offer technological
support to make the capital's sky bluer.
"Beijing's bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games will surge demand
for telecommunication services and equipment, and we are investing
in the city to help it further optimize its economic structure,''
said Kurt Hellstrom, president of the Sweden-based Ericsson.
Beijing's mayor Liu Qi said the proposals raised by the international
brains in the last two sessions helped the municipal government
to perfect its development plan.
"We took on board their suggestions and formulated preferential
policies for investment in high-tech industries, infrastructure
construction, the renovation of old houses and the service sectors,''
He pledged to further improve the investment environment and attract
more funds and technology to the capital city's key sectors.
(China Daily 05/11/2001)