Shanghai to pioneer expansion of financial sector
Shanghai will play a better role as a pioneer for the steady expansion of institutional opening-up in the financial sector in the New Year, said Gong Zheng, mayor of Shanghai on Jan 27.
Relying on key areas, such as Pudong New Area and Lin-gang Special Area, the city will carry out financial stress tests to a greater extent, build a trading platform for international financial assets, and promote innovative pilot projects in the fields of cross-border and offshore finance, said Gong during a municipal press conference after the conclusion of the annual plenary sessions of the city's legislative and political advisory bodies.
"The city will also focus on expanding its two-way opening. We'll develop internationally oriented financial products and enhance cross-border investment and financing facilitation while taking further steps to attract more foreign-funded financial institutions and long-term capital to do business in Shanghai," said Gong.
He mentioned that Shanghai has launched a number of international financial products and built a number of cross-border interconnection mechanisms in the finance sector in recent years.
"By the end of last year, the total number of licensed financial institutions in Shanghai had reached 1,771, and foreign financial institutions accounted for more than 30 percent of that.
Shanghai has become the forefront of the Chinese mainland's financial opening to the world," Gong said.