Dec 7, 2011, City·Finance-Sustainable Development Forum was held successfully in Intercontinental Hotel, Chongqing,China. This forum was hosted by Chongqing Municipal People's Government, Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, Paulson Institute of the University of Chicago, City of Los Angeles, organized by Chongqing Financial Affairs Office, Chongqing Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. The mayor of Chongqing-Huang Qifan, vice mayor-Ling Yueming, the former minister of Finance of America and CEO of Paulson Institute of the University of Chicago-Henry Paulson, the mayor of City of Los Angeles-Antonio Villaraigosa, the Senior Consultant of Inter-American Development Bank-Bakko, chief Landscape Architect of Karl Thorpe Planning and Design Firm-Peter, the senior vice president of Energy Resource Foundation-Lin Jiang, and some other officers of related municipal departments and teachers and students from universities attended this forum.
The mayor of Chongqing-Huang Qifan addressed and keynoted the convention. He introduced urban characteristics and economic growth as well as other information of Chongqing to the participants. He pointed out that the overall strategy of Chongqing is “urbanization, industrialization, integration of city and countryside”. Chongqing as the representative of the Great Development of Western China, it had reached the stage of great metropolis, great industry, great function and great development. We can see the a good momentum of the Great Development of Western China through the development of Chongqing. The key to success of Chongqing is the reform and opening-up policy, and Chongqing did the much reform work in the following eight aspects.
First, the social living: Chongqing made more than one-year effort to make more than three million farmers get their urban census registers, and can enjoy the same level of welfares and benefits and lives as other urban citizens.
Second, housing system: Chongqing Government implemented government public rent housing and commercial housing in Housing Supply System, which made about two million low-income citizens had the ensure houses to live in, which also unfolded a vigorous mass of housing distribution system in China.
Third, miniature enterprise system: The government implemented supporting policy to encourage low-income citizens and farmers and graduates to run their own business. There are more than 40 thousand miniature enterprises produced in Chongqing in one year, which brought about the employment opportunity to 400 thousand people. It is a very good reform measure for the development and richness of citizens' lives.
Fourth, three kinds of farmlands in system of contracting: The governmentl surveyed the the ownership or use right of contract-land, forest-land and house sites according to Real Right Law. The farmers understood more about their property right.
Fifth,the government did some reform work on the social distribution system, and raised the level of wage and income of farmers.
Sixth, financial reform: Chongqing promoted the international Off-shore Financial Market in the whole nation, and developed Off-shore USD and EURO as well as other business of foreign exchange.
Seventh, Chongqing did major reform measures in the strategy of "going out", and did many efforts in indroucing foreign investment.
Eighth, Chongqing set up many convenient ways with many other countries' customs, open up a new Europe-Asia land railway, made Chongqing became the bridgehead from mainland of China to Europe.
Moreover,the former minister of Finance of America and CEO of Paulson Institute of the University of Chicago-Henry Paulson, the mayor of City of Los Angeles-Antonio Villaraigosa, the Senior Consultant of Inter-American Development Bank-Bakko, chief Landscape Architect of Karl Thorpe Planning and Design Firm-Peter as well as other delegates also made a speech in the forum. They said they had a very deep impression on Chongqing city, and highly appreciated in the ability and attitude of Chongqing people. They expressed their willingness to set up long-term friendly corporation with Chongqing, as well as China, to promote the sustainable economic development of the whole world.