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New Year’s Celebration Party for Foreign Businessmen held last night
The Municipal Government held the New Year’s Celebration Party for Foreign Businessmen at Xianheng Hotel last night, friends from foreign countries, Macao, and Taiwan gathered together to celebrate the coming of the New Year, talking about friendship and development. Zhang Jinru, Deputy Party Secretary and Mayor of Shaoxing, attended and addressed the party, Shu Binyan, Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of the Municipal People’s Congress, Jin Keyong, Vice Chairperson of the Municipal Political Consultative Conference, attended the party, and Vice Mayor Yu Yonggu presided over the party.
The year of 2005 is a year of better development for Shaoxing’s open economy, and it’s predicted that the self-run imports and exports of the whole year would surpass ten billion dollars, including 8 billion dollars self-run exports and newly added contract foreign investment of 1.9 billion dollars. At the present time, nearly 1300 foreign enterprises which had already gone into production have realized sales income of 55 billion yuan and self-run exports of 2.8 billion dollars, accounting for 37 percent of citywide aggregate.
At the New Year’s Celebration Party for Foreign Businessmen, Mayor Zhang Jinru delivered an ardent speech and extended compliments of the season to foreign businessmen. He pointed out that as the key opening and reform city sitting the south wing of Yangtze River Delta, Shaoxing had established sister cities relations and friendly relations with more than 20 cities of  foreign countries and areas such as Japan, USA, Denmark, South Korea, Italy, and Brazil, and had close trade relations with 196 countries and areas, merchants from over 80 countries and areas such as USA, Japan, South Korea, and European Union had invested in Shaoxing, some Top 500 Enterprises around the world such as Philip of Netherlands, Daimler of Germany, Nichimen and Panasonic of Japan, had established 12 joint ventures. 
Zhang Jinru stressed that Shaoxing’s economic and social development could not be separated from the contribution made by foreign businessmen and friends, Shaoxing would always adhere to the tenet of enjoying excellent service in Shaoxing, exert efforts in building service-type government under the rule of law, make great efforts in creating a fine environment of hobnobbing with merchants, assuring merchants, and enriching merchants, and try hard to build Shaoxing into a place with the most development potential and best investment results. He hoped foreign businessmen in Shaoxing would put forward more proposals and suggestions, and advertise and introduce Shaoxing more often, he welcomed more foreign businessmen would invest and start their business in Shaoxing, and he said that they would do their best to provide efficient and convenient services for those businessmen.
The top foreign management and technical personnel of foreign-owed enterprises, joint ventures, and Chinese enterprises totaling over 120 members attended the party.

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