China has called for promoting greater exchanges between the youth of India and China saying, “As the future potential of the world’s largest developing countries lay in their hands”. Vice Mayor of Shanghai (incharge of youth affairs) Shi Guanghui said this while welcoming Indian Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel to Shanghai. Goel was leading a 200-member youth delegation from India, whose visit was organized as part of the bilateral youth exchange programme which has been in place since 2007. Indian delegation led by Goel visited China from June 9 to June 13 at the invitation of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF). During the last leg of the visit, the Vice Mayor of Shanghai, received the visiting Indian delegation at the premises of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.
Goel thanked Shanghai Municipal Government and Shanghai Youth Federation for the excellent arrangements for the Indian delegation and also extended an invitation to Shanghai city leadership to join the upcoming 3rd International Day of Yoga celebrations in Shanghai on June 21. Earlier, Goel visited the ANTS Innovation Center in Pudong, where an incubation hub for education related start-ups and tech companies run by the young entrepreneurs from Shanghai was on display. He also visited the Shanghai Zhubaiqiu Youth League Branch, where handicraft learning for young Shanghainese is being promoted.
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Visiting Sports Minister also had an interaction with members of the Indian community in Shanghai including Indian IT professionals, leading CEOs, bankers and service sector professionals. The event was organized under the aegis of Indian Association Shanghai at the Indian Consulate Conference Hall separately. Nearly 40 – 50 service professionals from the Indian community who has been based out of Shanghai joined the interaction to meet the Indian Sports Minister. During the interaction with the Indian community, Goel apprised them on the achievements and priorities of the Government of India upon conclusion of three years in governance and the recent initiatives undertaken to promote development of sports and youth exchanges in India.
Members of the Indian community raised queries on issues pertaining to improving the sports facilities in India during an interactive Questions & Answers Session after his address. Earlier on 11 June, 2017, Goel visited the Shanghai Urban Planning and Exhibition Center and learned about the priorities and vision for development of Shanghai by 2020.