The meeting with Mayor of Chongqing Tang Liangzhi was the highlight of the second day of the SCO Ambassadors Club offsite meeting on 24 February 2018.
"The meeting with SCO family ambassadors during the Spring Festival (Chun Jie) opens a new window of opportunity for developing mutual cooperation," the mayor said opening the meeting.
"We are proud that Chongqing is one of the country's major educational centres, with 67 universities of various specialisations, 271 colleges and more than 8,000 schools. The city developed a successful platform for an open economic model based on city zoning into special districts, such as a government district, a pilot free-trade zone, a zone for economic development of public facilities and industrial parks, customs control, inspection and quarantine zones, and logistics zones," Tang Liangzhi commented.
"The investment climate improves every year, partly thanks to favourable conditions and a special visa regime. The city is thriving also because Chongqing is a strategic support of the China Western Development policy, and a key participant in the government's Belt and Road and Yangtze River Economic Belt initiatives," the mayor said.
In his remarks, Tang Liangzhi covered broad prospects for developing relations with the SCO family and listed industrial production, transport, energy and healthcare as the main areas of cooperation. He was pleased to note that cooperation is well established with the SCO in education, tourism and transport.
The Chongqing mayor suggested that the ambassadors build closer contacts in all areas and consider the possibility of establishing sister-city relations between the city and SCO cities and regions as well as opening SCO countries' consulates in Chongqing.
Tang Liangzhi supported the proposal to hold a forum of SCO regional administrators in Chongqing.
SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov briefed the mayor on the preparations for the SCO Summit chaired by China that will be held next June.
During an honest and constructive exchange of opinions, ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary from the SCO states updated the mayor on the state and prospects of multi-faceted cooperation with Chongqing.
The meeting participants enjoyed a warm and friendly atmosphere typical of the SCO family.