Shang­hai to swap work­ing days for expo

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - Li Qian

SHANG­HAI yes­ter­day an­nounced the clo­sure of schools and non-es­sen­tial gov­ern­ment of­fices for two days next month to ease road traf­fic and en­sure the smooth run of the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo.

On the first two days of the expo — Novem­ber 5 and 6 — stu­dents and em­ploy­ees of some gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and in­sti­tu­tions will be given “days off,” the city gov­ern­ment said. With Novem­ber 4 be­ing a Sun­day, it ef­fec­tively be­comes a three-day hol­i­day.

But the stu­dents and the em­ploy­ees will have to com­pen­sate for the break on Novem­ber 3 and Novem­ber 11.

En­ter­prises and other or­ga­ni­za­tions, other than se­cu­ri­ties trad­ing in­sti­tu­tions or those in­volved in the expo, are en­cour­aged to fol­low the sched­ule as well.

About 2,800 com­pa­nies from over 130 coun­tries will ex­hibit their flag­ship prod­ucts and ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter from Novem­ber 5 to 10.

Shang­hai has al­ready ren­o­vated all the roads around the con­ven­tion cen­ter, added eight new bus routes, and put 100 buses on standby. About 5,000 vol­un­teers will pro­vide ser­vices, in­clud­ing lan­guage trans­la­tions.

The city gov­ern­ment has also opened green chan­nels at all ports for quick pas­sage of prod­ucts of for­eign ex­hibitors. It will greatly cut the time needed for un­load­ing and stor­ing at lo­cal ware­houses.

The six-day expo, the first of its kind in China, aims to sup­port the trade lib­er­al­iza­tion pol­icy pur­sued by the na­tional gov­ern­ment. More than 100 prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies will make their de­but at the event.

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