CPC Guangzhou Committee and Guangzhou Government issued “Opinions on Accelerating the Gathering of Industry Leading Talents” and four supporting documents for attracting high-end talents（“1+4” policy for short）.
Guangzhou issued talents’ green cards to both domestic and overseas talented nonresidents in Guangzhou to encourage them to work in the city.
Guangzhou Government announced that Guangzhou Convention of Overseas Chinese Scholars in Science and Technology (OCS) was upgraded to Convention on Exchanges of Overseas Talents.
Guangzhou is among the first batch of pilot cities to implement new work permit system for foreign employees. The new system is to simplify the procedure for applying working visa, which integrates the two types of visa (Visa-R and Visa-Z) to one.
The 18th Guangzhou Convention of Overseas Chinese Scholars in Science and Technology (OCS) kicked off at Baiyun International Convention Center. It was the first session of convention since the OCS was "upgraded" to Convention on Exchanges of Overseas Talents.
Guangzhou Party Chief Ren Xuefeng urged that Guangzhou should focus on constructing a highland of talents at the 11th Party Congress of Guangzhou.
The new work permit system was officially launched.