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Zhong Shan: Beijing should play its role of comprehensive pilot and the CIFTIS'opening-up and pioneering function

On Mar 2, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan attended the mobilization meeting of Beijing's "promoting a new round of further opening-up in service industry and ensuring the success of the 2019 China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) to contribute to the high-quality development of the capital city" and delivered a speech. Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce and Deputy China International Trade Representative, was present at the meeting.


Zhong pointed out that pushing forward the work of Beijing's further opening-up in service industry as a comprehensive pilot and holding the 2019 CIFTIS are practical actions to implement the decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, which will help to promote all-round opening-up, the formation of a strong domestic market and high quality economic development.


He also stated that since the work of Beijing's further opening-up in service industry as a comprehensive pilot and CIFTIS began, Beijing has made remarkable achievements with the city's efforts in promotion and active supports from all parties. Next step, it should seize the opportunity of promoting the comprehensive pilot and the development of CIFTIS, make more efforts in opening-up and innovation, and play its role as a comprehensive pilot and pioneering function in opening-up of CIFTIS, contributing to major national strategies and enhancing international competitive advantage.


Zhong said that the Ministry of Commerce will work with Beijing Municipality and its relevant departments to help Beijing make new progress in further opening-up of service industry by uniting efforts of all parties, ensuring responsibilities, focusing on key work, summing up and promoting experience.


Cai Qi,Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Chen Jining, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and Mayor of Beijing Municipality, and other relevant responsible leaders from the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, and the responsible persons from the commissions, offices, bureaus and the districts of Beijing Municipality, and the responsible persons from the relevant departments of the Ministry of Commerce were present at the meeting. The responsible persons from the relevent departments under the CPC Central Committee and the State Council were also invited to attend the meeting.


Beijing's further opening-up in service industry as a comprehensive pilot began in May 2015. On Jan. 31, 2019, the State Council approved the promotion plan for comprehensive pilot, marking the comprehensive pilot work  entering a new stage. CIFTIS is an international exhibition for trade in services in China. It has been held for 5 years since it was established in 2012.


As the largest open cooperation platform for service trade in the world, the 2019 CIFTIS will be held in the China National Convention Center from May 28 to Jun. 1. Themed by "Opening-up, Innovation, Intelligence and Integration", this session of CIFTIS will highlight digitalization, new economy and new service mode, focus on key service sectors of sci-tech, culture, health and commerce, and will continue to hold exhibitions & presentations, forums & conferences, and business negotiations.