19 May 2017

The Moscow Urban Forum, under the auspices of the Government of Moscow, is initiating a series of dialogues on urban issues with representatives of city administrations of global metropolises, leading experts, and heads of the largest corporations, focusing on the development of the biggest urban agglomerations. On May 19-20, 2017, a delegation from Moscow, including representatives of the Moscow Urban Forum, the Department of Transportation and Development of New Moscow Transport Infrastructure, the Department of Development of New Territories of the City of Moscow, and the expert community, will visit Shanghai to hold an expert meeting. The subject of the international Moscow-Shanghai urban dialogue is Managing the Development of Urban Agglomerations: Models, Tools, Drivers.

Shanghai is one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world, the planning for which has transformed into strategic planning at the national level for the Yangtze Delta region (or the Golden Triangle of the Yangtze: Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou), an area with a population of over 100 million people.

Denis Boykov, CEO of MUF: We are continuing the series of international urban dialogues, which have as their aim the promotion of the forum on the global stage, as well as, in the first place, studying the role of urban agglomerations in the modern world. The Shanghai urban agglomeration, in that respect, is one the key objects of the current research project, 'Agglomerations. World > Russia > Moscow.' Over the course of two days, representatives of the governments of Moscow, Shanghai, and of business enterprises, as well as experts, will discuss the issues of strategic planning for an urban agglomeration, and approaches to the development of transportation and science parks. Shanghai's experience with the development of science, technology, and work with human capital is relevant to Moscow, while the mechanisms for the cooperation of different provinces in the spheres of transportation and environmental protection can be successfully applied for the purposes of Moscow and the Moscow Region.

For many reasons, the experience of managing the Shanghai urban agglomeration is relevant for the search for a system of management for the Moscow urban agglomeration. For example, the Lujiazui area of Shanghai city, where the tallest towers are situated, is a special trade zone at the national level. On the territory of the Shanghai urban agglomeration, there are 41 trade zones: 16 have a national-level status (with a focus on high-technology industries), and 25 have a municipal-level status (with a focus on traditional industries). Shanghai's system for attracting and developing human capital is also noteworthy in recent years, due to this system, over 63,000 foreign specialists have been attracted to Shanghai, and over 32,000 companies have been founded, while the general volume of investment has been on the order of 500 million dollars.

A broad delegation from Shanghai will also participate in MUF-2017, where the mega-projects of this urban agglomeration will described in detail.