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Xu Lejiang attended overseas economic and trade cooperation forum during 2nd BRF

Date:2019-05-08 11:42:00

The overseas economic and trade cooperation forum as part of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) was held in Beijing on April 25.

Xu Lejiang, vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of CPC Central Committee and secretary of Party Leadership and executive vice chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), Han Changfu, minister of agriculture and village, and Qian Keming, minister of commerce attended the forum and made speeches.

The theme of the forum was “constructing overseas economic and trade cooperation zones (OETCZ) together and promoting Belt and Road international investment cooperation”.

The attendees made a consensus on strengthening cooperation on policy synergy, planning and guiding, financing innovation and service convenience to create bigger space for healthy and regular development of OETCZ.

Xu Lejiang said that the Belt and Road construction initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping provided a Chinese plan for global cooperation and prosperity which had won extensive acknowledgement in the world. 

He said that the Belt and Road Initiative had provided opportunities to the development of OETCZ, which after years of exploration had become important platforms for China to enhance cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road.

Xu stressed that private enterprise were the main force in overseas economic and trade cooperation. He asked them to attach importance to the training of professionals and the utilization of professional organizations while improving cooperation mechanism to complement each other's strengths with those of their own companies, Chinese companies, host companies and even third-party companies so as to promote long-term and sustainable development.

Speakers on the forum thought that the OETCZ as an innovation had become a vivid demonstration of Belt and Road construction, and building the cooperation zone with joint efforts and promoting more open and inclusive economic development had become consensus for many countries. 

They said that the Belt and Road were a bridge of peace, cooperation and development. And ETC zones played an irreplaceable role in industrial clustering, driving, radiation and demonstration.

The industrial chain of the cooperative zone is complete, with a complete range of categories, a high degree of concentration, easy to give play to advantages of factors, obvious effect of policy coverage, convenient and efficient management, and has been and will continue to be supported and vigorously promoted by relevant countries.

The UNDP and the Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Commerce jointly released the “Belt and Road report on promoting sustainable development of China's overseas economic and trade cooperation zones” during the parallel sessions of BRF.

According to the report, China's OETCZ have not only become an important engine driving the economic development of host countries, but also play an important role in helping host countries increase employment and achieve sustainable development goals.

This forum was sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, co-organized by the ACFIC and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural affairs, and undertaken by the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products.

Chen Jiangang, representative from the Cambodia Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ), Zhang Bingjun, representative of the China-Egypt TEDA Suez Economic Zone, Kou Guangwu, representative of China-Hungary BC Trade and Economic Zone, and Zhang Qihai, representative of Tajikistan-China agricultural cooperation demonstration zone shared their experience on the forum.

Delegates from six countries including Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Ethiopia and Indonesia spoke on the forum, while speakers from 11 countries and Hong Kong held dialogues during the event.
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