Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The China-Southeast Asia Peace and Development Forum jointly organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, the United Nations System in
Peace and development is the theme of the contemporary world and the common wish of all peoples in the world. As
Shenzhen, as a window and pilot zone of China’s reform and opening up, emphasizes on promoting development through opening up and cooperation. Shenzhen is adjacent to Hong Kong and
Shenzhen is an innovative city committed to innovation-driven development. Shenzhen was voted by Forbes as the most innovative city in Chinese mainland in 2011 and received the UNESCO City of Design award. In 2011, R&D investment in Shenzhen made up 3.66% of GDP; Shenzhen contributed 45% of China’s PCT international patent applications, and among these, ZTE and Huawei rank the first and the third respectively in terms of international patent applications by individual companies; and research into 4G mobile communication, gene sequencing analysis and metamaterials by Shenzhen companies and R&D institutes was at the world’s forefront. In the first half of 2012, the added value of six strategic emerging industries of bioengineering, internet, new energy, new materials, cultural creation, and new generation of information technology accounted for 28.5% of GDP, and Shenzhen is now home to the largest number and concentration of
Shenzhen is a green, low-carbon city which eagerly practices the concept of sustainable development. It has designated half of its land area as ecological protection zones, both of its energy consumption per 10,000 yuan GDP and water consumption are the lowest in
Shenzhen is an international city which has always pursued harmonious development. As a young, migrant city, Shenzhen has developed the characteristics of being an open, diverse and inclusive place where multiple cultures blend and expatriate workers from more than 100 countries and regions work and live. We attach importance to ensuring social justice, developing an open market, implementing the rule of law, creating a positive international environment, strengthening international cooperation and friendly exchanges, participating in achieving international peace, and contributing to regional peace and development.
The development achievements of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone have largely been benefitted from
The current world economic situation remains complex and grim. However,
First, we hope to strengthen friendly exchanges and cooperation between cities. At present, Shenzhen is twinned or has set up friendly exchanges with 43 cities in 28 countries including Southeast Asian countries, and will soon finish setting up friendly exchanges with
Second, we hope to further deepen economic and trade cooperation. Shenzhen and Southeast Asian countries have different resources reserve and distinct industrial structures, our economies are highly complementary, so there is great potential for cooperation. Southeast Asia’s tropical fruits, agricultural and sideline products, mineral products, computer parts and other products are very popular in Shenzhen, while Shenzhen’s electronic equipment, clothing, watches and other products are favored by consumers in Southeast Asia. We hope that both sides continue to consolidate and expand trade in these areas, and we also welcome more Southeast Asian delegations to attend China Hi-Tech Fair as part of the efforts to increase imports and exports of high value-added products, which will gradually lead to greater trade in services in the areas of finance and logistics, thus further expanding the fields and scale of trade. Shenzhen is keen to work with all Southeast Asian countries to constantly increase mutual investment; to strengthen investment cooperation in modern agriculture, manufacturing and emerging industries, as well as the areas of resource development and utilization, technological research and development and project contracting; and to explore the establishment of economic and trade cooperation zones to create a favorable environment and conditions for mutual investment by enterprises from both sides.
Third, we hope that we can deal with new challenges in urban development together. As an emerging economy, Southeast Asian countries are in the process of rapid urbanization and industrialization, and they are paying more attention to the coordinated development of economy, society, population, resources and environment. Shenzhen is committed to green, low-carbon development and building a livable and workable urban ecological environment. We will further strengthen cooperation and exchanges with
Fourth, we will make efforts to expand the personnel and cultural exchanges. Shenzhen and
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Peace, development and cooperation are trends of the times. Shenzhen is keen to work with Southeast Asian countries to promote closer cooperation between