Shanghai now has more than 400 foreign-invested research centers, the most in China.
President Xi Jinping has called for more coordinated planning, reform and innovation to develop China's pilot free trade zones into new leading areas of reform and opening-up for the new era.
Shanghai will soon be implementing a plan to develop the service trade industry, which includes the cultivating of 200 high-end service providers, 20 demonstration areas and 20 international platforms for service trade.
Li Qiang stressed that SHFTZ should further implement national strategies to push the integrative development of the Yangtze River Delta region and promote the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.
The Waigaoqiao Bonded Area of SHFTZ recently won five awards in fDi magazine, based on the evaluation of more than 1,200 global free zones in 2017.
Some of Zhangjiang's hi-tech products have expanded their presence overseas and have been a big hit in these foreign markets.
The Bonded Area at the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) has taken various measures to attract talented personnel this year.
Pudong New Area in Shanghai launched a campaign on Sept 6 to promote its openness, innovation and quality.