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Shanghai attracts more foreign investment in 2020

2021-1-24 15:36

 

SHANGHAI, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Despite global economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Shanghai has seen growth in both foreign trade and the actual use of foreign capital in 2020, with more regional headquarters of multinational companies and foreign R&D centers newly set up in the city.

Speaking at the ongoing fifth session of the 15th Shanghai Municipal People's Congress, Gong Zheng, mayor of Shanghai, noted that the city's foreign trade in 2020 increased 2.3 percent year on year, with imports and exports volume totaling 3.5 trillion yuan (about 540 billion U.S. dollars). The actual use of foreign capital reached 20.23 billion yuan, an annual increase of 6.2 percent.

According to the government work report released during the city's "two sessions," 51 regional headquarters of multinational companies and 20 foreign R&D centers were set up in Shanghai in 2020, bringing the total to 771 and 481, respectively. The new developments make the city one of the most important hubs for the global headquarters economy.

The third China International Import Expo was held in Shanghai last November as scheduled despite the pandemic woes, with deals for intended one-year purchases of goods and services worth more than 72.6 billion U.S. dollars reached, up 2.1 percent from the expo held in 2019.

Shanghai will further implement the city's regulations on foreign investment and carry out comprehensive pilot projects for expanding the opening up of the service industry, Gong said.

The city will also strive to build a new global investment attraction network to take advantage of the opportunities brought by China's signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement, Gong noted.

 

新华网上海1月24日电(记者王洪波)2020年,尽管新冠肺炎疫情对全球经济造成影响,但上海的对外贸易和外资实际使用均有所增长,跨国公司的地区总部和外国研发中心在上海新设。


在正在进行的第十五届上海市人民代表大会第五次会议上,上海市市长龚正指出,2020年上海市对外贸易同比增长2.3%,进出口总额3.5万亿元(约5400亿美元)。实际使用外资202.3亿元,年均增长6.2%。


根据政府在该市“两会”期间发布的工作报告,2020年,51家跨国公司的区域总部和20家外国研发中心在上海设立,使总数分别达到771家和481家。新的发展使这座城市成为全球总部经济最重要的枢纽之一。


去年11月,在疫情严重的情况下,第三届中国国际进口博览会如期在上海举行,全年商品和服务采购交易额超过726亿美元,比2019年同期增长2.1%。


龚说,上海将进一步落实《上海市外商投资条例》,开展扩大服务业开放的综合试点。


巩汉平指出,该市还将努力利用中国签署区域全面经济伙伴关系(RCEP)自由贸易协定带来的机遇,建立一个新的全球投资吸引网络。

 

来自: xinhua