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The Silk Road Business Cooperation (Xi'an) Round-table Conference was Held to discuss the "Belt and Road" Economic and Trade Cooperation

Description:In the afternoon of May 11, the Silk Road Business Cooperation (Xi'an) Round-table Conference was held in Xi'an.

In the afternoon of May 11, the Silk Road Business Cooperation (Xi'an) Round-table Conference was held in Xi'an. Commercial counselors, consuls, and representatives of official agencies of foreign embassies and consulates from 24 countries and regions including Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Republic of Korea, were invited by the Ministry of Commerce and the Shaanxi Provincial People's Government to attend the conference. The conference focused on the theme of “Cross-border E-Commerce · New Opportunities of the Silk Road” and jointly explored economic and trade cooperation in the context of the “Belt and Road” initiative.

Qian Keming, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, and Wei Zengjun, Deputy Governor of the Shaanxi Provincial People's Government attended the conference and delivered speeches. At the meeting, Jin Fangli, the Director of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China Department of Electronic Commerce and Informatization made a keynote speech. Su Guofeng, Deputy Director of the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics Park in Shaanxi Province, made a presentation. Representatives of relevant countries attending the meeting made exchange speeches in terms of the  utilization of the cross-border e-commerce platform to strengthen economic and trade cooperation, and discuss, co-build and share new business opportunities. Zhao Runmin, Director of the Shaanxi Provincial Department of Commerce, read out the 2018 Silk Road Business Cooperation (Xi'an) Round-table Conference Consensus, and Jia Guoyong, Deputy Director of the Foreign Trade Development Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce, presided over the conference.

Qian Keming pointed out in his speech that the development of cross-border e-commerce is an important driver for accelerating the construction of the “Belt and Road”, maintaining the multilateral trading system, and promoting the smooth flow of trade. At present, the scale of cross-border e-commerce in China ranks first in the world, covering most countries and regions, and is well received by consumers. China's cross-border e-commerce has also formed a complete market ecosystem, and a large number of cross-border e-commerce platforms such as Alibaba, Made-in-China.com, JD.com, and DHgate.com with global influence emerged. In recent years, we have actively promoted the international cooperation of "Silk Road E-commerce," established a bilateral e-commerce cooperation mechanism with seven countries along the “Belt and Road”, promoted the establishment of a BRICS national e-commerce working group, and reached a BRICS E-commerce Cooperation Initiative, deepened the e-commerce exchanges and cooperation along the “Belt and Road” and countries, and contributed China's experience, China's strength to promote cooperation and development.

Qian Keming emphasized that Shaanxi, as the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, is the frontier of China's opening to the west and a new highland for reform and opening up of the inland. And sincerely hoped that all friends would make full use of "Silk Road International Expo" platform to deepen friendship and cooperation. The Ministry of Commerce will adopt a series of measures to support the western region in accelerating the development of cross-border e-commerce, building new lands for inland reform and opening up, and actively exploring new modes of economic cooperation and cultural exchange with countries along the "Belt and Road." And hoped that all friends would openly exchange ideas and deepen communications based on the theme of the round-table conference, “Cross-border E-Commerce · New Opportunities of the Silk Road”, discover new opportunities of the Silk Road, promote international cooperation for the cross-border e-commerce, and jointly create a bright future brought by the“Belt and Road”.

Wei Zengjun pointed out in his speech that in September 2013, President Xi Jinping proposed a major initiative to jointly build the "Silk Road Economic Belt" during his visit to Kazakhstan. This has given the ancient Silk Road the new vigor and has also profoundly changed the Western China, especially, the pattern of opening to the outside world in Shaanxi to prompt Shaanxi to be at the frontier in the course of opening up to the west. In the past five years, Shaanxi has actively integrated into the great construction pattern of the“Belt and Road”and actively expanded its opening up to the outside world. It has endeavored to build new lands for inland reform and opening up and the  core area of the“Belt and Road”, which has promoted rapid economic and social development. The GDP grew at an average annual rate of 8.8% throughout the province. Last year, the gross value of production exceeded 2 trillion yuan, and the overall strength increased significantly. In the first quarter of this year, the import and export growth of Shaanxi Province ranked the second in the country, and its export growth rate was the highest in the country. The import and export growth to the “Belt and Road” countries and regions increased by 68.7%, and new achievements were made in the development of open economy.

Wei Zengjun emphasized that this Silk Road Business Cooperation (Xi'an) Round-table Conference will be based on the theme of “Cross-border E-commerce and New Opportunities of Silk Road” to better utilize the cross-border e-commerce platform and promote the countries along the“Belt and Road”to grasp new technologies and opportunities in order to expand bilateral and multilateral trade cooperation and achieve mutual benefits and win-win results. We hope that under the framework of the “Belt and Road”, we will use the platforms and mechanisms of the round-table conference to promote cooperation with countries (regions) in the field of cross-border e-commerce and build a global, high-quality and interconnected cross-border e-commerce business eco-sphere based on the construction of the “Belt and Road”to promote more enterprises to actively participate in cross-border e-commerce cooperation; strengthen support for cross-border e-commerce, and would like to work with the Ministry of Commerce and participating countries and business departments of all provinces to cultivate a group of representative industries and form a number of industrial clusters for the purpose of promoting the sustainable development of cross-border e-commerce and promoting the transformation and upgrading of foreign trade and production enterprises. build a cross-border e-commerce cooperation platform to support the settlement of enterprises along the “Belt and Road”and encourage enterprises to expand the scale of trade with countries and regions along the Silk Road through cross-border e-commerce. We will create an excellent business environment, share business opportunities with companies and friends from various countries, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation and achieve common development.

Leaders of relevant departments of the Ministry of Commerce, leaders of relevant departments of the Shaanxi Provincial People's Government, leaders of relevant commercial administrations of various provinces (autonomous regions), general representatives of overseas business offices of the Shaanxi Provincial Department of Commerce, persons in charge of the various departments of the departments of commerce (investment promotion) in various cities of Shaanxi Province, etc. joined the meeting.  (Changdi Peng

Source:中国网·丝路中国频道  Editor:jiwen

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