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Delegation of Singapore Foreign Ministry Visits Suzhou

The delegation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, headed by Mrs. Chua Siew San, Deputy Secretary of MFA of Singapore, visited Suzhou on March 12, and was given a briefing on the development of Suzhou Industrial Park by Wang Jinhua, Deputy Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Secretary of SIP Party Working Committee. The delegation also met Zhou Weiqiang, Deputy Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Vice-mayor of Suzhou, at noon.

The Singapore delegation is composed of diplomats posted in various countries, including Consul General Chan Hing Wing in Shanghai, who has visited Suzhou on many occasions, and ambassadors and attaches who came for the first time to gain first-hand understanding of SIP.

In the morning, the delegation attended the briefing in Modern Building, SIP, on the economic and social development of Suzhou Industrial Park, given by Mr. Wang Jinhua. Wang thanked the delegation for showing concern and support for SIP. He told the delegation that SIP, with 4% of the land of Suzhou Municipality and consuming 7% of the total electricity volume in Suzhou, had created 15% of the GDP, the total industrial output value, and fixed asset investment, 25% of the registered investment capital, 30% of the total import and export volume of Suzhou. Wang introduced that SIP was currently implementing the three major schemes of manufacturing upgrading, the doubling of service industries, and leapfrog advancement of technology. He said that SIP would at the same time endeavor to uplift the level of industrial structure and enhance the capabilities of independent innovation, while intensifying efforts to attract more senior talents into the region. The diplomats took serious notes of the briefing, and put forth questions on major market for SIP export and the appraisal of SIP by foreign investors.

At the meeting with the delegation, Vice-mayor Zhou Weiqiang gave an outlined introduction about Suzhou Muncipality, and said that the project of SIP through cooperation between the governments of China and Singapore had shortened the distance between Suzhou and Singapore, and he hoped that the two sides would further expand the fields of cooperation and exchange in the years to come.

March 13, 2007

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