ABB Chairman Peter Voser was invited to join the online meeting of International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council (IBLAC) on June 19 from ABB headquarters in Zurich. Voser and other 23 council members from 15 cities worldwide, exchanged ideas with Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang, Acting Mayor Gong Zheng among top Shanghai government officials. The online communication covered a series of subjects including the city’s epidemic control measures and economic growth.
Peter Voser, on behalf of the ABB Group, extended his appreciation to Shanghai governments at all levels and the Yangtze River Delta trans-provincial epidemic prevention and control mechanism for the strong support to enterprises in the COVID-19 prevention and work resumption. At present, ABB’s companies in Shanghai are operating well and the employees remain safe. Meanwhile, the construction of ABB’s new Robotics factory in Shanghai is under smooth progress.
ABB’s confidence and determination to continue its development in China, one of the world’s most important markets, has been strengthened with Shanghai’s intensive measures in further expanding opening-up to the outside world, stabilizing the global industrial chain and supply chain, improving its business environment and supporting foreign companies’ development in Shanghai. Despite the uncertainties around global vrius control and economic growth, the foundation for China’s long-term development and the great market potential of the country does not change.
As Voser mentioned at the meeting, ABB will continue to take an active part in the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) to be held in Shanghai this November, and will showcase ABB’s latest products and solutions in the areas of smart manufacturing, smart city and building, and smart transportation. China is embracing “new infrastructure” to catalyze new growth drivers for the post-pandemic period, which will bring huge potential and opportunities. With its technology and business highly aligned with the focuses of the “new infrastructure”, ABB will work proactively with its customers and partners to support China’s industry upgrading, and contribute to the high-quality development.
Looking forward into the post COVID-19 era, megacities, where a great number of economic and social activities take place, are exposed to increasingly grave risks from urban operations, natural disasters, and public health events. The participants also discussed on how to develop and improve the emergency response system that engages multiple parties, how to leverage the digital economy and the smart city initiative to ramp up capabilities for major emergency response and recovery, thus making the city more sustainable and resilient. More thoughts will be shared in future meetings in order to strengthen cooperation and create a better future together.
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