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Artificial intelligence on the agenda of local legislation

Shanghai is working to strengthen legislation on building an international economic center, improve people’s living standards and urban management and governance in 2022, the city’s Justice Bureau said Wednesday.

New laws on the artificial intelligence industry, early education and to boost employment have been put on the legislative agenda this year.

The development of the AI ​​industry, as one of the three leading industries, was listed in Shanghai’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025).

As an important part of people’s daily needs, regulating early learning and child care will be helpful in improving education equity as well as children’s physical and mental health, according to the office.

In addition, in order to build an international economic center, the legislative plan will focus on service guarantee of China International Import Expo, arbitration system in Pudong New Area and promotion of trade area. from Hongqiao.

At the same time, regulations on green finance and trade in cultural goods in Pudong are also listed in the plan to push the new area to become a global hotspot for economy and international trade.

Some 29 official regulations and rules will be written or revised and four will be rescinded this year, according to the bureau.

“The annual legislative plan consists of four major parts, totaling 66 legislative programs on official laws (33), preparatory programs (18), research programs (8) and evaluation programs (7),” said Lu Weidong, the head of the office. .

“The legislative plan will also be adjusted according to actual needs during the implementation process,” he added.

Updated local rules and laws search engine

The office, meanwhile, recently updated the city’s online search engine for local rules, making it more comprehensive and convenient for residents.

The platform was bilingual. After the upgrade, Japanese was added to its language list, and the platform collected more extensive regulations and rules, such as setting up a business in Shanghai and Pudong.

“We prioritize languages ​​based on outbound commerce rankings,” said a person in charge of platform development.

And other languages, such as German, will soon be available to meet the needs of more expatriates and foreign businesses in the city, the office said.

As of February, a total of 117 English rules and regulations had been included on the platform, along with 1,100 Chinese rules and regulations, according to the bureau’s website (

“After launching the platform last year, we had 2.8 million online visits to the platform,” said Liu Yanhao, deputy head of the office. “The platform has played a major role, serving as a database of rules and regulations for local residents.”

The public can access more than 1,000 documents on the platform, titled “A Collection of Regulations and Rules of Shanghai City”, which is a comprehensive collection of law-based governance, first launched by the Committee of CPC in Shanghai on January 20, 2021.

It is the first such platform in China, according to the bureau.

The platform is both PC and mobile and provides access to Suishenban, Shanghai’s civil resource platform, with a simple touch of the screen.

Residents can search for the rules they need by clicking or touching the keywords, which are listed on the platform’s homepage according to their popularity.

Now, the search engine is equipped with voice search and voice recognition features, making it more user-friendly for older people who have difficulty using smartphones or digital devices, the office revealed.

Zhu Yuting / SHINE

A screenshot of the English page on the Shanghai search engine for local rules.