Highlights of 2nd Ningbo Development Conference unveiled
The 2nd Global Ningbo Community and Development Partnership Conference will run from Oct 17 to 19, the event's organizer announced at a press conference on Oct 15.
The conference is expected to propel the development of Ningbo by attracting investment and accelerating the city's efforts to develop business projects.
This year, 1,150 people are expected to attend the conference, an increase of nearly 46 percent over last year, which demonstrates the conference's increasing repute and growing confidence in Ningbo's future.
A large portion of attendees are senior figures from a variety of business communities, mainly members of the Ningbo Bang -- a group of successful businessmen who were born in Ningbo but later left the city.
Attendees specializing in science and technology, education, and medical care will also offer advice on developing the city.
A total of 16 projects worth a total of 110.1 billion yuan ($15.53 billion) will be signed at the conference.
To entice more people to invest in Ningbo, the municipal government will introduce the city's business environment and projects to attendees. An online platform has also been set up to provide related information.
Major topics to be discussed during the conference include plans to form an industrial cluster and an initiative to boost foreign trade, which are currently the city's two primary issues.
During the conference, attendees will learn about modern Ningbo through several field trips and three promo videos. A culture festival, a food festival, and an exhibition at the Ningbo Bang Museum will also be held.
A variety of billboards for the 2nd Global Ningbo Community and Development Partnership Conference can be seen across Ningbo city. [Photo by Jiang Ting/chinadaily.com.cn]