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Cai Qi

Today's world is an open world and the economic globalization has become an irreversible trend of the times. The trade in services has grown to be a new engine for countries to maintain sustainable economic development owing to being flexible, innovative and open. As a global all-round international trade fair, CIFTIS, after years of development, has become the world's largest fair for trade in services, provided an important stage for countries to exhibit their innovative service achievements and promote excellent service enterprises and also served as an important bridge to strengthen policy communication and development cooperation of countries in the service field. Themed at "opening up, innovation and integration", this CIFTIS will hold joint discussions on new thoughts and moves to further open up, innovation and integrated development of trade in services and will certainly play an active role in boosting the prosperity and development of global economy.

 

Beijing is a historic city with more than 3,000 years of development history and over 860 years of history serving as the capital and also an open, inclusive and vigorous modern international metropolis. In recent years, Beijing, a great city, is seeing profound transformation and ushering in a new voyage of modernization. One of the most distinctive characteristics is that the service industry and trade in services are developing rapidly and showing great vigor and vitality. Last year, the service industry in Beijing contributed 80.6% to the whole city's GDP and the service consumption accounted for as high as 51.3% of the total. The trade in services totaled nearly RMB 1 trillion, taking up 21% of the national total. The structure of trade in services has kept optimizing and the export of emerging trade in services accounted for over 60%.

 

As we enter the new era, Beijing now stands at a new historical starting point of development. Now, we are, under the guidance of General Secretary Xi Jinping's socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era, thoroughly implementing the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, fully carrying out the spirit of important speeches of General Secretary Xi Jinping for Beijing, firmly establishing the strategic municipal positioning of being "China's political center, cultural center, international exchange center and innovation center for science and technology" and making every effort to build a world-class harmonious and livable capital. We will further carry out the decisions arrangements of the Party Central Committee to further open up, unswervingly expand the opening up of the service industry, do a good job in implementing the comprehensive pilot program for expanding and opening up the service industry and build more platforms for cooperation and development so as to inject new impetus to the sustained and steady growth of the world economy. We will further intensify the supply-side structural reform, speed up our efforts in fostering modern service industries such as finance, science and technology, information, cultural creativity and business services, boost high-quality development of the service industry and build a "Beijing Service" brand. Besides, we will vigorously strengthen the construction of the business environment, deepen the reform of streamlining administration, delegating more powers to lower-level governments and society, improving regulation and optimizing services, pay close attention to the implementation of the policy and measure package, and strive to create a business environment characterized by the least approval, the best process, the highest efficiency and the best service and thus stimulate the vitality of market players.