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A high level financial talents forum held in Shanghai

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Jointly organized by UK Trade & Investment, British Consulate-General Shanghai and Shanghai Municipal Financial Service Office, Shanghai Financial Talent Training Summit Forum was held on March 23. Zheng Yang, director of the Office attended the forum and delivered a speech. Yao Jiayong, the secretary-general of the Office, and Li Qin, China lead for UKTI Education in London, made keynote speeches and more than 100 Shanghai financial institutions and training agencies and approximately 200 people attended the forum.

In his speech, Zheng said President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain last October has opened a golden era for a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the UK. Shanghai has basically established its role as domestic financial center as well as the international center of yuan product innovation, trading, pricing and clearance. As one of the world’s most vibrant international financial centers, Britain is enriched with abundant international education resource. The two sides can operate in the financial sector. We hope this forum can provide a platform for Shanghai financial talent development and training.

Yao in his speech introduced the progress of Shanghai international financial center construction and the situation of Shanghai financial talent development. He said the Party committee of the office and the office is soliciting opinions from related government departments to actively promote the Shanghai Financial Talent Project. He said overseas talent recruitment and international talent trading will be the priority of the office this year in order to improve the internationalization of Shanghai financial talents. He said Shanghai welcome related agencies from home and abroad to participate in Shanghai financial talent development.

At the forum, Chinese and British guests had in-depth communication on cooperation of financial talent training. British Consul General in Shanghai John Edwards said the UK has an international reputation for professional financial training. Shanghai has an urgent demand for high-quality financial talents as the city is seeking to become an international financial center by 2020. British financial and professional training institutions should enhance cooperation with Shanghai financial institutions through communication. In keynote speech, Hu Ying, assistant president of China UnionPay, Li of UKTI and Helen Kerkentzes, London Business School's Executive Director of Executive Education Customer Experience, shared their thoughts on Sino-British financial education. In the roundtable discussion, participants from Guotai Junan Securities, Bank of East Asia (China), SFSC International Training Center, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, Fitch Learning and BPP shared their experiences and ideas about financial talent training. At the end, there were one-to-one interviews between two sides, where Shanghai financial institutions and training agencies built relationship with 17 British education training institutions.

The event provided a significant opportunity for long-term Sino-British cooperation of financial talent training. The party committee of the office and the office will continue to strengthen cooperation with UKTI and British Consulate in Shanghai in order to build a better platform for the internationalization of Shanghai financial talents.