Chen Run’er Visits Henan Provincial Commerce Department for the Survey on the Development of Henan Pilot Free Trade Zone
Source:Henan Daily  Date:02/13/2017  

In the morning of February 11th, Chen Run’er, Governor of Henan Province visited Henan Provincial Commerce Department for survey. During his visit, he debriefed the department on the development progress of China (Henan) Pilot Free Trade Zone for making further arrangements. The Governor stressed that the development of Henan Pilot Free Trade Zone should be pushed forward with highlighted key points to promote innovation; meanwhile, the development of economic hub should be closely centered on the positioning strategy of “Two Hubs and One System”; at present, the preparation should be completed as soon as possible to comply with the operation schedule.

In the morning of February 11th, Chen Run’er, Governor of Henan Province visited Henan Provincial Commerce Department for survey. During his visit, he debriefed the department on the development progress of China (Henan) Pilot Free Trade Zone for making further arrangements. The Governor stressed that the development of Henan Pilot Free Trade Zone should be pushed forward with prioritized key aspects to promote innovation; meanwhile, the development of economic hub should be closely centered on the positioning strategy of “Two Hubs and One System”; at present, the preparation should be completed as soon as possible to comply with the operation schedule.

“The development of Henan Pilot Free Trade Zone is of great concern to the Central Government, Henan Province and many enterprises.” Chen Run’er said. The decision of establishing free trade zone in Henan is not only the momentous reform task that the Central Government has entrusted to us, but also presents another significant opportunity for the development of Henan. Henan Provincial Party Committee and the People's Government have attached paramount importance to the development of free trade zone. With the preparation in full swing and the clock ticking, all competent authorities should spare no efforts in pushing forward the development to comply with the operation schedule.

Chen Run’er pointed out that in order to become a highly-open platform and open-system highland, Henan Free Trade Zone should be developed with unremitting efforts towards the goal. Meanwhile, the positioning strategy should be upheld for all time. Regarding positioning strategy, a modern three-dimensional traffic system and logistics system, which links the south and north and bridges the east and west, should developed in accordance with the “Two Hubs and One System” Initiative launched by the Central Government. The goal of Henan Free Trade Zone is to become a modern comprehensive traffic hub, a test for all-round reform and opening up and an inland open economic demonstration zone to facilitate the Belt and Road Initiative. As for the development objectives, with three to five years of reform and exploration, an innovative system should take shape to link up with the prevailing international investment and trade rules. Also, a high-standard free trade zone with conveniences for investment and trade, clustered high-end industries, accessible traffic and logistics facilities, efficient supervision and prominent influence on neighboring areas should be established to provide an example that can be replicated to exemplify the transformation of inland economy and opening up.

Chen Run’er stressed that the innovation should be promoted with prioritized key aspects and highlighted features during the development. The prioritized key aspects are: firstly, the multimodal transport which optimizes the transportation resources to reduce the logistics costs of enterprises and to facilitate the integration and development of transportation and logistics; secondly, the modern logistics service system that is developed with modern information technologies and so on; thirdly, the cross-border e-commerce platforms that renovate trade models through “Single Window” to facilitate trading; fourthly, the region-based tourism that better integrates tourism resources by opening up and concentrating logistics and passenger flow. The promotion of innovation refers to prioritize trade reform and upgrade and system-based innovation in investment and finance sectors. While the negative list is being hashed out, the experience should tapped into along with independent innovation, the resolution of general issues and key issues should be balanced and the specific processes should be implemented according to standard systems. To highlight the features, the regional and traffic strengths of Henan should fully utilized and an economic hub should be built to focus on “entrepot trade, processing trade and service trade”, in order to set up a national distribution and collection center of logistics and entrepot trade in Henan.

Regarding the institution development and preparation for official opening in the free trade zone, Chen Run’er has proposed further specific requirements. He pointed out that the provincial authorities in charge of free trade zone development will be established in no more than a few days and the supporting policies and documents such as the Management Methods and Implementation Program of the free trade zone will be issued soon. He also urged the competent authorities to implement the “Three ASAPs” proposal, which are hashing out the negative list, determining on the enterprises to move into the zone and set up a service platform as soon as possible in order to build an international and institutionalized free trade zone to benefit the enterprises in trade and investment.

Wen Jieming, member of the Standing Committee of Henan Provincial Party Committee and Executive Vice Governor, Zhao Jiancai, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of Henan Provincial People's Congress, and Shu Qing, Vice Governor, joined the Governor’s visit for survey.

At the symposium, Henan Provincial Commerce Department made a themed presentation and the officials at Henan Province Development and Reform Commission, Henan Provincial Department of Transportation, Zhengzhou Customs District, Henan Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, the Office of Legislative Affairs of Henan Provincial Government, the Office of Financial Services of Henan Provincial Government and the Port Administration Office of Henan Provincial Government also delivered speeches. (Correspondent: Qu Fang)


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