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Liu Qi:Share the Olympic Legacy, Promote the Urban Development

Share the Olympic Legacy, Promote the Urban Development

Liu Qi

Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chairman of Beijing Olympic City Development Association
Distinguished guests,



Ladies, gentlemen and friends: good afternoon!
Yesterday, the remarkable Games of the London 2012 Olympic Games were opened. London presented the glory and charm of the Olympic Games once again. First of all, on behalf of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association, I would like to pay tribute to the Olympic Games and to London. I would like to warmly welcome all guests and friends attending the 4th Beijing Olympic City Development Forum. I am honored to express my sincere congratulations on the opening of the London Olympic Games.
The Beijing Olympic Games ended 4 years ago. Today, it is very meaningful for us to exchange and share the Olympic legacy and the experience in promoting urban development here in London.
In four years, Beijing has not faced any negative “post-Olympic phenomenon”. Despite the impact of the global financial crisis, Beijing’s economy still maintains a sustainable and sound development. The city’ economic aggregate has increased greatly. GDP rose from RMB 1.1trillion in 2008 to RMB 1.6 trillion in 2011. The public budgeted revenue throughout the city increased from RMB 183.73 billion in 2008 to RMB 300.63 billion in 2011. The economic structure has been further improved. The proportion of the service industry rose from 75.4% in 2008 to 76.1% in 2011. The eco-environment has improved and the income levels continue to increase. The Beijing Olympic Games has become the powerful driver for development. In the process of promoting the all-around development of the city, the Olympic legacy plays an important role.
The Olympic legacy upgrades the strategy for urban development and thus the urban development has a higher objective. After the Games, the three ideas of “Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics and Humanistic Olympics" were upgraded to the strategy for urban development: “Green Beijing, High-tech Beijing and Humanistic Beijing”. Beijing placed people first and scientific innovation and ecological civilization at the core of urban development. Then it set the goal of constructing Beijing into a world city with Chinese characteristics and “a capital of international events, world top enterprise headquarters, world top talent, advanced socialist culture with Chinese characteristics, and harmony and livableness”. Thus Beijing reached a new level of development.
The Beijing Olympic legacy concentrates the spiritual pursuit of the city and the power of urban development. The Beijing Olympic spirit focused on “patriotism, devotion, dedication, innovation and team spirit” and laid an important foundation for the Beijing city spirit. In 2011, based on Beijing’s historical and cultural heritage, Beijing refined the Beijing spirit to “patriotism, innovation, inclusion and social morals”. This became a strong force to concentrate the common ideals and lead the Beijing people to write a new chapter in ushering in urban development.
The Beijing Olympic legacy enriches the material base of the city and opens up a vast space for urban development. The Beijing Olympic venues were well exploited. The Olympic core functional area with Olympic Park at its center has promoted the development of sports, tourism, cultural creation and exhibition. It formed an important industrial functional area in Beijing, and has become a key pillar of the urban development. The extension of the city railway transit, accelerated by the Olympic Games, is still in progress. During the Games, the total operation mileage of the railway transit was 200km, by the end of 2011 it reached 372km and by 2015 it will reach 660km. During the Beijing Olympic Games, effective measures taken in terms of environmental improvement, air pollution control, energy-saving and environmental protection technologies, traffic congestion control, volunteer service, etc. have been integrated into the regular management of the city, thereby advancing its scientific and harmonious development.
The recent 11th Beijing Municipal People's Congress of the CCP determined “constructing Beijing into a world city with Chinese characteristic” as a long-term strategic task of the city. At present, Beijing is accelerating the transformation of the economic development pattern, practicing the “Beijing spirit”, implementing the strategy of “Green Beijing, High-tech Beijing and Humanistic Beijing”, putting forth efforts to realize development by scientific and cultural innovation, speeding up the construction of “five capitals”, and making joint efforts to enable the people to enjoy a happier and finer life.
“Share the Olympic legacy and promote the urban development” is the basic requirement for sustainable development of the Olympic Games. It is also an important resource and road to advance the scientific development of Beijing and to construct it into a world city with Chinese characteristic. In this regard, we put forward the following concepts:
First, extract the value of the Olympic legacy and advance the sustainable development of the Olympic Games. The abundant values associated with the Olympic Games are the reason why they are everlasting. We should use these values of the Olympic Games and enable them to serve the city’s healthy living standards, harmony, and urban development, and serve the mutual understanding and communication, mutual inclusiveness and co-prosperity among different cultures. This will promote human peace and happiness with the popularization and development of the Olympic Games as a tie between them.
Second, strengthen international exchange and cooperation, and use the Olympic legacy in promoting urban development. The Olympic legacy is the new support point for Olympic cities’ economic development. We should make full use of effective platforms set up by the IOC, World Olympic City Alliance, Olympic cities etc. and exchange successful experience in the use of Olympic legacies, in order to promote its effective exploitation. We should concentrate our efforts in forming mechanisms to share Olympic legacies and extract the economic benefits of Olympic legacies in supporting urban development, in order to promote Olympic cities to become examples of urban development in their respective countries.
Third, explore new ways to use the Olympic legacy and approach urban development with innovative thinking. Urban development often faces problems such as population explosion, traffic congestion, reduction of environment bearing capacity, incomplete public service systems, etc. We should make use of the Olympic legacy to innovate the idea of urban development. We should encourage to green development, green production, green consumption and green travel. We should optimize the urban energy structure and promote new forms of energy, reduce the use of coal, encourage the people to use bicycles, and develop public transit. We should vigorously carry out afforestation, green and beautify the environment, and effectively improve the eco-environment. We should continue the direction of volunteer service and advocate mutual assistance and mutual care among people in the society, energetically advance all sorts of volunteer activities in the spirit of one for all and all for one, and build an inclusive city. We should develop public fitness, enable public services to be more accessible, widely promote sports activities for all, and bring benefits to the people of the city.
The Olympic legacy is owned by all people. Beijing is willing to promote the Olympic spirit and advance human civilization together with the international community. We will infuse the Olympic legacy into the urban development of Beijing and take steps to promote the construction of Beijing into a world city with Chinese characteristics.
Finally, I would like to wish every success to this forum and the London Olympic Games.
Thank you.

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