China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

Shang­hai will be de­vel­op­ing a more com­pre­hen­sive and mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem for its se­nior res­i­dents as it aims to pro­vide a greater va­ri­ety of en­rich­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for 40 per­cent of the city’s el­derly pop­u­la­tion by 2020. The 13th Five-Year Plan for el­derly ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment, which was re­leased by the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion on Nov 7, stated that 300 more so­cial study lo­ca­tions, 100 work­shop ser­vice points and an ad­di­tional 10,000 on­line study groups will be set up to help lo­cal el­derly learn new things and en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion among one an­other. As of the end of 2015, the Shang­hai’s el­derly pop­u­la­tion, de­fined by those aged over 60 years old, had ex­ceeded 4.35 mil­lion. It was the first time in the city's his­tory that el­derly peo­ple had ac­counted for more than 30 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion.

The China Shang­hai Chil­dren’s Book Fair, the largest cul­tural con­ven­tion for young read­ers in the Asia Pa­cific, will take place at Shang­hai’s World Expo Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter from Nov 18-20. The global mar­ket for chil­dren’s books has been grow­ing by 10 per cent ev­ery year, in con­trast to the slug­gish per­for­mance of the book in­dus­try. The book fair has en­joyed rapid growth since its in­cep­tion in 2013 and will this year fea­ture an ex­hi­bi­tion space that is 30 per­cent larger than last year. More than 300 pub­lish­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and other ven­dors from re­lated sec­tors from around the world will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the show. The event or­ga­niz­ers ex­pect more than 30,000 peo­ple to visit the three-day fair.

The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment of Shang­hai is poised to be­come the first city in China to cre­ate stan­dards re­gard­ing the il­lu­mi­na­tion of parks at night. An of­fi­cial from the Shang­hai mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion of land­scap­ing and city ap­pear­ance said that 89 out of the city’s 165 parks are open dur­ing the day and night, with 21 of them ac­ces­si­ble round the clock. As such, mea­sures need to be taken to reg­u­late the in­stal­la­tion of lights in the parks.

The China- US Sup­ply Chain and Pur­chas­ing Sum­mit 2016 was held in Shang­hai on Oct 21, with a host of ex­perts shar­ing their in­sights into the topic of re­shap­ing the in­dus­try as well as the sup­ply and value chains in China. Cai Jin, deputy direc­tor of the China Fed­er­a­tion of Lo­gis­tics & Pur­chas­ing, said dur­ing the open­ing speech that it is es­sen­tial for tra­di­tional Chi­nese en­ter­prises to carry out in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment of the sup­ply chain and so­lid­ify the re­form of sup­ply-side struc­tural re­forms in or­der to achieve sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try’s economy.

The first Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of the Venezuela Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute, which was jointly built by Changzhou Univer­sity in Jiangsu prov­ince and the Univer­sity of Bo­li­var­i­ana in Venezuela, was held re­cently. The in­sti­tute stated dur­ing the meet­ing that it will be of­fer­ing Chi­nese lan­guage classes as well as in­te­grat­ing the aca­demic strengths of both uni­ver­si­ties in or­der to ad­vance their in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion of re­search find­ings on Chi­nese cul­ture as well as in­dus­tries such as pe­tro­leum and petro­chem­i­cal. Ac­cord­ing to Shen Jufen, Chi­nese dean of the Venezuela Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute, the first Chi­nese lan­guage class is planned to com­mence in Jan­uary 2017.

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