Lishui asks sons, daughters diaspora to return
A project signing ceremony is held at the second World Lishui Natives Conference on Sept 22. [Photo/people]
The second World Lishui Natives Conference opened in Lishui in Zhejiang province on Sept 22 -- attracting more than 1,000 people born in Lishui or people who care about Lishui's development, to discuss future plans for the city.
There are around 415,000 Lishui natives living all over the world and 700,000 running businesses throughout the nation, officials said.
"Lishui people are always the most valuable resource of the city and the most reliable support for its development," said Hu Haifeng, Party chief of Lishui, in a keynote speech at the conference.
Hu expressed his hope that Lishui people all over the world return to their hometown and contribute to its development. He also promised that Lishui would always open its doors to its natives and welcome them to start business back home.
Chen Jinmei, president of the Chinese Women's Association in the Czech Republic, who comes from Qingtian county in Lishui, promised to build a communications platform between Lishui and the Czech Republic in culture and technology, as well as encourage more Czechs to visit and invest in Lishui.
A total of 202 projects worth 166.56 billion yuan ($23.4 billion) were signed during the conference, covering various areas such as high-end equipment, the digital economy, bio-pharmaceuticals, tourism and modern agriculture.
Lishui has achieved rapid economic growth in recent years. Statistics showed that regional GDP totaled 139.47 billion yuan last year, up 8.2 percent year-on-year, hitting a five-year record high in growth.