ACFIC, private enterprises helping Hubei restore economy, eliminate poverty
The All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), Hubei government, and the China Society for Promotion of Guangcai Program jointly launched an investment promotion and poverty alleviation action on May 30, aiming at assisting Central China’s Hubei province, the epidemic-stricken area, in restoring economic and social development and winning the fight to eliminate poverty.
The opening ceremony was held in Beijing and Hubei together while broadcasted online with “cloud parallel sessions”, attracting tens of thousands of private enterprises to participate in donation, investment, consumption and industrial development programs.
Gao Yunlong, vice chairman of the CPPCC national committee and chairman of ACFIC, Xu Lejiang, vice minister of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee and head of ACFIC’s Party leadership, Ying Yong, Party chief of Hubei, and Wang Xiaodong, deputy Party secretary and governor of Hubei, attended the opening ceremony respectively in Beijing and Wuhan, capital city of Hubei. The ceremony was presided over by Fan Youshan, vice secretary and vice chairman of ACFIC.
Ying Yong extended appreciation towards the ACFIC and the participating entrepreneurs on behalf of the Hubei government and the 61 million people in Hubei.
He said that the ACFIC and private enterprises had played an important role in Hubei’s fight against COVID-19 by donating money and materials promptly, and now they launched this campaign to assist the post-epidemic restoration and poverty alleviation in Hubei, which not only displayed their social responsibility but also brought courage and support to the people in Hubei.
“Private enterprises play a crucial role in ensuring stable employment and economic growth, adjusting structure, and benefiting people’s livelihood. Hubei’s private enterprises have developed into an irreplaceable force for the region’s economic and social development,” he said.
He noted that the central government had issued a series of measures to help recover economic and social development, and Hubei government had been actively implementing the measures one by one. Hubei was impacted by the pandemic with unprecedented challenges. Yet, the newly-launched action plan will help optimize the region’s business environment, promote the healthy development of enterprises, and boost Hubei’s economic development after the epidemic outbreak.
Xu Lejiang said that the CPC Central Committee attached great importance to the social economic development and the work to ensure people’s livelihood in Hubei, which can be seen from President Xi Jinping’s inspection to Hubei in March and his joining in the Hubei panel during the two sessions.
“It is also the reason why we launch this action with the Hubei government and the China Society for Promotion of Guangcai Program. Private enterprises nationwide actively join in this action,” he said.
In fact, many private enterprises got impacted by the pandemic. However, they tried their best to join in the COVID-19 fight, which is not only a fulfillment of corporate social responsibility but also a demonstration of their patriotism.
At present, Hubei has pushed the button of “restoration” of social economy. That needs the support from private enterprises.
Xu said that ACFIC at all levels should actively strengthen the connection with local cities and counties, to offer more precise and convenient services to enterprises.
The online action consists of “provincial events plus city events” and “theme activities and panels”, and will last until June 3.
Before the ceremony and during the preparation of the campaign, many private enterprises had already conducted inspections and put forward docking programs.
By the day the action was launched, it has raised donations worth over 80 million yuan ($11.2 million) from nearly 100 private enterprises. It’s estimated the donation will benefit more than 40,000 Hubei poor villagers, who account for 71 percent of Hubei’s poverty population.
Investment programs in Hubei worth tens of billions of yuan have been under negotiation by well-known private enterprises such as New Hope, Taikang Life Insurance, Wu Mart, China Oceanwide, Chint, Longfor and Sanquan Group.
In the online employment session were Internet classes on entrepreneurship, job-hunting and profession trainings for college graduates. So far, it has received 17046 positions posted by 2076 private enterprises and 5410 resumes from job seekers.
In regard to consumption, there’s a curriculum on Hubei agricultural products promotion by many e-commerce platforms. Many big corporations including Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group, Wuhan Guide Infrared, Jiangsu Shagang Group, Delong Holdings, Orsun, Suning.com, Meituan Maicai APP and Kinghey had made bulk buying orders from Hubei.
As for the cultural industry, five major travel e-commerce platforms including Ctrip, Travel Go, Meituan Dianping, Mafengwo.com and Lvmama.com together promoted the tourism resources and related cultural industries in Hubei for high-quality development.
On the Online campaign, 17 cities in Hubei open mayor-guest rooms towards enterprises, program release, travel promotion, and feature product live sales.
On the opening ceremony, Liu Yonghao, executive chairman of the campagin and chairman of the New Hope corporation, Chen Dongsheng, chairman of the Hubei businessmen association and Taikang Life Insurance group, Ai Luming, chairman of the Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology and Wuhan Dangtai Group, Yan Zhi, chairman of the Wuhan federation of commerce and industry and Erecting group, made keynote speeches at the main venues in Beijing and Wuhan respectively.
Li Xiangping, ACFIC’s vice chairman and chairman of Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group, Guo Guangchang, chairman of Fosun International, Wang Jianyi, chairman of Zhejiang federation of industry and commerce and Futong Group, Wang Junjin, chairman of Shanghai Junyao group, Qiu Dachang, ACFIC’s vice chairman and chairman of Far East Holding Group, and Pansy Ho, executive chairman of Shun Tak Holdings and co-chairman of MGM China Holding joined the online venues and extended their wishes to Hubei.
Erkenjiang Tulahong, director of Hubei Party’s united front work department, Wang Zhonglin, Party chief of Wuhan city, Zhao Haishan, vice governor of Hubei, Zhang Weiguo, vice chairman of CPPCC Hubei committee and Party chief of Shiyan city, Zhou Xianwang, mayor of Wuhan, and ACFIC’s vice chairpersons Xie Jingrong and Lu Yong, and ACFIC’s secretary Zhao Dejiang, and private entrepreneurs representatives attended the opening ceremony.
Eight federations of industry and commerce from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong and Guangdong provinces (cities), entrepreneur leaders of ACFIC, and the top 500 China private enterprises, ACFIC’s direct business chambers and members, and entrepreneurs from Hong Kong and Macao joined the online interaction.
Seventeen cities and regions from Hubei set parallel sessions along with the opening ceremony.
The ceremony and related activities were broadcasted live on its official website developed by the 360.com team. ACFIC’s official website, China Netork, Baidu APP, Headlines Today APP, Sina, IFeng.com, China Idustry and Commerce Network, People’s Data, Hubei Yangtze River Cloud, Jingchu Network, Kuaishou, and Douyin also made live broadcast. Over 3.2 million netizens took part in the ceremony on Saturday.