ACFIC set up international cooperation committee
The All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) held a founding meeting of the international cooperation committee in Beijing on Dec 12, 2018. Xu Lejiang, vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the CPC Central Committee and party secretary and executive vice chairman of the ACFIC, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. ACFIC’s vice chairman Wang Yongqing presided over the meeting.
Xu Lejiang stressed to fully understand the importance of strengthening CFIC’s international cooperation work in the new era, in which new problems and challenges should be notified from both domestic and overseas context, new tasks and requirements from serving the “two healthy” (promoting healthy development of non-public economic sector and private enterprises) and promoting high-quality “going global”, new orientation and effect from deepening the reform of CFIC.
Strengthening CFIC’s international cooperation in the new era is an inevitable requirement to implement the important instructions of President Xi Jinping on supporting the development of private economy. It is an important measure to meet the challenges of internal and external environment and serve the "two healthy" theme. It is also an important content of the deepening reform of the federation of industry and commerce.
Xu pointed out that the ACFIC attached great importance to international cooperation work. They have made important breakthroughs in the institutionalization of participating bilateral and multilateral activities under the national framework, achieved outstanding effect by building platforms for private enterprises to go global, and cultivated pragmatic cooperation with the investment organizations in countries along the Belt and Road and with foreign embassies and business associations in China. Basically, a job layout of CFIC’s international cooperation work has formed and the effect of this reform has come out as well.
Xu stressed that to strengthen international cooperation in the new era, it is necessary to define the purpose and means, adhere to the principle of service and systematic thinking, form joint efforts, and promote high-quality development of international cooperation.
Next year will see five major events done by integrating the resources of CFIC’s international cooperation working system, which are the industry and commerce event on the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, deeper involvement in the 2019 China International Import Expo, promoting the transformation and upgrading of overseas industrial parks, organizing investigation on private enterprises participating in the Belt and Road construction, carrying out the specification against and dissolving risks of overseas investment of private enterprise management behavior.
Xu Lejiang pointed out that the establishment of the international cooperation committee of the ACFIC was a strategic arrangement to adapt to the new situation and challenges of international cooperation, as well as an important measure to extend the working arm of the federation and strengthen its working force, and its importance should be fully recognized.
Xu said that the international cooperation committee should integrate resources of all parties in accordance with the concept of "small core and large periphery" and realize the three functions of policy research, decision-making consultation and exchange and cooperation. To fulfill that, a pragmatic and efficient operational mechanism should be established to strive to turn the international cooperation committee into a think tank and cooperation platform.
Xu asked the committee members to grasp the right direction, adhere to the "two healthy" theme, and actively perform their duties and responsibilities. Meanwhile, the committee should also improve the system and strengthen its self-development.
At the meeting, Xu issued the letters of appointment for the chairman, vice-chairmen and members of the committee.
Zhao Dejiang, member of the CPC leading group and secretary-general of the ACFIC, read out the decision on the establishment of the ACFIC international cooperation committee, according to which Zheng Yuewen, ACFIC’s vice chairman and chairman of the board of directors of Create Group Corporation, would serve as the chairman of the committee, and five people including Li Jiajie, ACFIC’s vice chairman and vice chairman of Hong Kong Henderson Land Development Company, would serve as the vice chairman of the committee.
The meeting participants also discussed on strengthening the international cooperation work of the federation of industry and commerce and strengthening the construction of the committee.
People in charge of the non-public economic bureau of the UFWD and of the federation of industry and commerce of all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the central government and Xinjiang production and construction corps, and staff from the departments of the ACFIC attended the meeting.