The ongoing two sessions (National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference) are sending a positive message to the world that China is going to deepen reform and expand opening-up. China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce and the People's Government of Beijing Municipality, has been successfully held for five years, becoming a leading exhibition of trade and services in China and the largest comprehensive fair for trade in services in the world. 2019 CIFTIS will be held in Beijing from May 28 to June 1 in the theme of "Opening-up, Innovation, Intelligence and Integration".
In order to better promote the expansion of opening-up and economic development, display China's national image on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, carrying on the achievements of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and driving the high-quality development of China's service industry and trade in services, this year's CIFTIS is under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialist Economy with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and adheres to the new development concept. It will continue to implement China's opening-up strategy, enhance exchanges and cooperation in international trade in services, and actively push ahead the liberalization and facilitation of global trade in services, contributing to building a power of trade in services and promoting the development of an open world economy.
This year's CIFTIS has 5 major features:
Highlight expansion of opening-up in service industry and trade in services, and contribute to building a new pattern of comprehensive opening-up. Implement China's strategy of expanding opening-up, display the 68 achievements made during the first two batches of Beijing's expansion of opening-up in service industry and China's opening-up measures such as free trade pilot zone, promote Beijing's new round of pilot policies for expansion of opening-up in service industry, standards of trade in services, rule-making and system construction, advance further opening-up and cooperation in global trade in services and contribute to building a community of shared future for mankind.
Stress internationalization and deepen the "Belt and Road" international cooperation on trade in services. Invite countries along the "Belt and Road", top 30 countries and regions of trade in services, 14 countries that signed trade in services agreements with China, international trade associations and well-known enterprises in service industry and trade in services to participate in the fair.
Stress innovation-driven, intelligent development, integration and improvement, and lead the innovation and development of service industry and trade in services. Actively implement the innovation-driven development strategy, exhibit new models, businesses, and services that new technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G are applied in service field; Promote innovation achievements in intelligent manufacturing, healthcare, and life, the digitization and intelligence of service industry and trade in services; Facilitate the integrated development between service industries including modern service industry and advanced manufacturing, culture and tourism, and that between trade in services and service consumption.
Emphasize negotiation trade, and enable participating enterprises to achieve practical cooperation. This year's CIFTIS, with serving customers as the fundamental goal and facilitating negotiation trade as the core, collects demands for project trade and carries out trade matching in advance; Push ahead negotiation and cooperation with more than 100 promotion and negotiation activities.
Make a new exhibition layout, magnify CIFTIS' role as a platform. This year's CIFTIS uses the form of "one main venue assisted by multiple others" for the first time, which is to set up the main venue at China National Convention Center and the neighboring Beijing International Convention Center & the Olympic Celebration Square, other venues at Wangfujing Business Street, Financial Street, Central Business District, Sub-center, Huilonguan and Tiantongyuan areas, etc.
At present, as world economy goes through a slow recovery and China's economy has entered a stage of high-quality development from rapid growth, the development of trade in services is facing new situations and tasks. As a state-level, international and comprehensive trading platform for trade in services, CIFTIS is important in serving national politics, economy, diplomacy, reform and opening up, development, and achieving the expansion of opening-up in China's service industry and the high-quality development of trade in services.