China (Beijing) International Fair for Trade in Services (hereinafter referred to as the CIFTIS) has permanently settled in Beijing since 2012, and it has now turned out to be an international platform for China and countries in the world to accumulate consensus and negotiate cooperation in the field of trade in services. In order to keep the influence of brand activities of the CIFTIS, promote the further opening-up of the service sector, and accelerate supply-side structural reform in commerce, the 2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services will be held in China National Convention Center from May 28 to June 1. As the CIFTIS’ brand continuity event, the 2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services will be provided with more favorable policies and conditions. Comparing with the previous sessions of the CIFTIS, the 2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services will be more characteristic.
The further opening up of the service sector expands new space for the development of trade in services.
At present, the Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of service industry, and constantly promotes the further opening-up of the service sector. The national free trade zone and service trade innovation in pilot areas have continuously made new progress. In order to promote trade facilitation and liberalization, the Chinese government set up the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone in 2013, and established new pilot free trade zones in Liaoning, Zhejiang and other 5 provinces in 2016 which further improved the level of opening-up to the outside world. At the same time, in order to speed up the innovation and development of China's trade in services, the Chinese government carried out trade in services innovation and development pilot projects in Tianjin, Shanghai and other 13 cities, and formed a batch of replicable and generalized experience which will promote the innovation of service trade system to a new level and release the new space of economic development. This year, the state council issued "Notice on several measures for further opening-up and active use of foreign capital (Guo Fa  No. 5), these policies further highlight the China's determination of further opening-up. As China’s first and only pilot city of service sector further opening-up, Beijing has also made periodic progress. Beijing has now completed 80.1% of the approved 141 missions, led to 10 kinds of new formats in finance, tourism, culture, health care, the Internet and information services areas, and will continue to launch new measures for further opening-up of the service sector this year. Under the joint driving force of service sector opening-up and the CIFTIS, service industry and service trade have rapidly developed in Beijing, in 2016, the added value of services achieves nearly 2 trillion Yuan, up 7.1% from a year earlier, above 80% of the local GDP, and total service trade volume is expected to 145 billion dollars, up 10% from a year earlier. Businessmen from home and abroad will further share the opportunities and fruits of the development of service industry and service trade of China and Beijing in the 2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services.
Continuation of CIFTIS brand, 2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services will promote "extensive match-making, broader negotiation, and wide spread fusion”.
2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services will highlight three innovations: I. Activities’ content innovation. The fair will focus on further opening-up of the service sector, trade in services innovation, and the latest trend of the international trade in services development, and will promote "extensive match-making, broader negotiation, and wide spread fusion” of domestic and foreign service sectors. II. Demonstration form innovation. The exhibition will combine with "Internet Plus", especially in the mobile Internet industry amalgamation of new forms and new way service consumption, display the latest products, services, technology, and highlight onsite transactions and interactions. III. Organizing and undertaking innovation. We will further motivate chambers, associations, and intermediary institutions’ important role in the aspects of organizing exhibitions, forums, conferences and business talks, and invite more large and characteristic enterprises to the fair.
Regarding to content setting, 2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services will set up an area of 50000 square meters for exhibition and demonstration, more than 80 meetings, seminars and business talks, focusing on scientific and technological services, internet information services, cultural and educational services, financial services, business and tourism services, health and medical services of six key services areas, set up the sections including science and technology, electronic commerce, culture trade, copyright trade, sporting services, financial services, courier services, convention & exhibition services, distribution services, health care and traditional Chinese medicine services, and tourism services.
Among them, the exhibition and demonstration will set up international exhibition, province & autonomous region & cities exhibition and industrial exhibition areas, focusing on the advanced service trade countries and regions, and emerging economies in their aspects of advantageous services area, advanced technology, international exchange and cooperation progress. Meetings and seminars will hold "further opening-up of the service sector" as the main theme, and authorize to release important policies of trade in services, development plan, development report, the industry development index, and Beijing’s experience in services sector further opening-up pilot plan. Negotiation and transaction will hold overseas countries and regions’ special activities, trade in services innovation development pilot area and the provinces’ special themed activities and promotion and negotiation talks, outstand service introduction, special demand release, special negotiation and match-making projects, provide match-making platform service for domestic and overseas enterprises.
At present, the preparation is proceeding accordingly. The organizing committee will make great efforts for enterprises to exhibit and join in the fair to provide all the convenience and services in the aspects of customs, attending meetings, promotion and negotiation. In 100 days’ time, a wonderful service trade event -- 2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services will open. 2017 Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services looks forward to your continuous attention and actively involvement!