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The Competitiveness of Guangzhou Receives Much Attention on the 2017 "World Cities Day"
GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 1, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On 31st October, with the theme of "Innovative Governance, Open Cities", the 
activities of 2017 World Cities Day were hosted in Guangzhou, China.

Since December 2013, China has promoted the World Cities Day as the first 
International Day with a theme of cities. It aims to increase international 
community's attention on global urbanization, to facilitate sustainable 
development, to enhance related international cooperation, and to construct 
green, livable, convenient, harmonious cities. 

As one of the major activities of the World Cities Day, the World City 
Competitiveness Forum debuted on the 30th October, and the Global Urban 
Competitiveness Report 2017-2018 was released. The report was accomplished by 
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS), UN-Habitat and many global urban 
competitiveness experts. With the index systems of urban economic 
competitiveness and sustainable competitiveness, over 1,000 cities have been 
measured and ranked. In China, 9 cities enter the list of top 100sustainable 
competitive cities while 21 cities enter the list of top 100economic 
competitive cities.

Professor Ni Pengfei, Director of Center for City and Competitiveness, CASS, 
chief city economist of CASS- UN-HABITAT joint project group, claimed that 
cities in China, represented by Guangzhou have ranked remarkably. As the 
pioneer of China's reform and opening-up, the national central city and one of 
the most livable cities, "Flower City", Guangzhou has first entered the list of 
top 20 economic competitive cities, ranked the 15th.

China's cities' economic indicators go up with the improvement of China's 
openness. The connection between China and other countries is becoming closer 
and closer. With the economic growth, Guangzhou has a leading status in China, 
even globally. This determines that sustainable development can be accomplished 
in Guangzhou, said Professor Li.

Wang Menghui, the Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the 
People's Republic of China, claimed that since the reform and opening-up was 
adopted in 1978, China has made a progress of urbanization with the largest 
scale and the fastest speed in the world. The number of cities grows from 193 
into 657. Meanwhile, the infrastructures of cities, public services and city 
synthesis strength have been improved. Currently, an immense inclusive platform 
of improving openness and enhancing communication between China and other 
countries is provided thanks to the construction of the Belt and Road. Hope 
everyone in the international community can work together to have a bright 
future.

Joan Clos, Under Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of 
UN-Habitat, spoke highly of the great achievements of China with regard to 
urbanization. He considered that China's experience shows that well-planned 
urbanization can boost economic development, especially to urbanization, China 
provides innovative measures, which have a great value for reference.

As the host of the 2017 World Cities Day, Guangzhou implements human-oriented 
policy and innovates patterns of cities' governance. Guangzhou's policy of 
"river chiefs" and ten facts of livelihood resonated with the experts from 
various countries in the forum. 

Wen Guohui, the mayor of Guangzhou, claimed that Guangzhou carefully implements 
"Planning First" policy to be a clean, safe and orderly city.

"I have seen many marvelous things in Guangzhou." Arturo Lorenzoni, the deputy 
mayor of Padua, Italy, said that both of Padua and Guangzhou have long history 
and similar background. Therefore, Guangzhou's experience of city's governance 
can inspire him.

The activities of 2017 World Cities Day were organized by UN-Habitat and the 
People's Government of Guangdong Province and undertaken by Guangzhou Municipal 
Government. More than 380 guests, including officers, mayors, professors and 
scholars from over 40 countries attended the activities.

Source: Guangzhou Municipal Government

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