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Gu Xiulian

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Speech at the Founding Meeting of Association

for Economic Cooperation and Trade Promotion

Between Yunnan and Southeast and South Asia

Gu Xiulian

June 12th, 2009

Comrades and Friends,

 

Today I am very pleased to be together with you in Kunming – the Spring City - in this vibrant summer, attending the founding meeting of Association for Economic Cooperation and Trade Promotion Between Yunnan and Southeast and South Asia (hereafter called the Association ). Here I’d like to express my warm congratulations on the official establishment of the Association and my sincerest greetings to the leaders at all levels, entrepreneurs, and friends of various circles presenting this meeting.

Yunnan is a beautiful and enthralling place. Throughout more than 30 years of reform and opening up, the Yunnan Provincial Committee and Government have been adhering to the central government’s strategies and policies, uniting and leading officials and people of all ethnic groups, capitalizing on opportunities, deepening restructuring, extending opening up and accelerating development. Great achievements have been made in all aspects. Today’s Yunnan is a dynamic and prosperous place of investment and tourist attraction, where economic growth is speeding up, and the people’s living standards are improving. People here live in a stable, prosperous, united, and harmonious environment.

In recent years, the Yunnan Provincial Committee and Government, have carried out the Scientific Outlook on Development, have taken the advantage of Yunnan’s geographic location neighboring on Southeast and South Asia, and have put forward the strategic aim of setting up an international gateway to Southeast and South Asian countries. This is completely in line with national strategic planning, and has created a new economic growth point for the state’s opening up. The 17th National Congress of CPC identified the requirements of “strengthening the neighborhood friendship and pragmatic cooperation with peripheral countries, positively launching regional cooperation and jointly creating a peaceful, stable, equal, mutual trust and win-win regional environment”. Southeast and South Asian countries have abundant natural resources and all possess great potential for development. To accelerate development and eliminate poverty is the common goal of Chinese people and their neighbors in Southeast and South Asian countries. With the initiative for construction of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Zone, Yunnan’s geographic advantage could be more prominent and act as a channel linking China with Southeast and South Asia countries, which will play a crucial role as a gateway to international and regional economic cooperation.

Under this historic background, the founding of the Association is aimed to adapt to the trends of the times, and to meet the development requirements of global economic integration. Thus it has gained close attention and support from relative national ministries and departments, from the Yunnan Provincial Committee and Government, and from enterprises and individuals of various circles. I hope that after the establishment of the Association, under the leadership of Yunnan Provincial Committee and Government, the Association will resolutely implement the Scientific Outlook on Development and the principles of

17th National Congress of CPC, adhere to providing services for enterprises and economic development,

further advance opening up, actively promote domestic enterprises to “Go Out”, and strengthen the economic and trade cooperation and culture exchanges with Southeast and South Asian countries. At the same time, the Association will attract Southeast and South Asian countries to “Come In” to cooperate with us in the areas of investment, information consultancy and cooperative services. I hope the Association will become a real and important gateway and  communications platform for investment initiatives, cooperative promotion, development advancement, and friendship enhancement.

Currently, the entire world is undergoing an unprecedented financial crisis. The crisis impact is increasingly wider and deeper in all aspects. All the countries around the world are taking measures to confront the crisis and trying to alleviate its impacts. The world shows great concern for China. Chinese government has taken effective measures. We hope Chinese entrepreneurs can take active actions as well. Challenged by the difficult situation and at the time of global economic recession, the Chinese government and our enterprises should comprehend the situation, strengthen our confidence and stay realistic and pragmatic.  We should also be accountable for the duties we together bear as a responsible influential country in the world and with the economic development pillar our business sector represents. To fight the crisis, Chinese enterprises should decidedly implement the Scientific Outlook on Development and resolutely carry out the central government’s decisions and arrangements, as well as play a key role to confront the challenges and problems creatively and actively. Enterprises should improve technology development  and enterprise management, promote mechanism innovation, and particularly focus on the opening up of the both domestic and foreign cooperative initiatives. To confront the financial crisis, we also need to give more attention and support to small-and-medium-sized enterprises, to ensure their continued growth and strength. Since not only do they provide a great number of jobs, but they also play an irreplaceable role in a booming economy and help meet the demands of people’s lives, thus we should support these enterprises in terms of policy and finance to help them maintain their fiscal health and to facilitate growth. This not only contributes to present economic growth but also creates a foundation for continued long-term development.

Dear comrades and friends, promoting the cooperation and communications between China and Southeast and South Asian countries and strengthening mutual friendship and development is the common goal for people of all nationalities living in this region. The founding of the Association has created a worthy and important platform for cooperation and communications among regional people. The Association’s work will focus on creating a regional operation mechanism based on sound research, a clear understanding of the situation, realistic plans, awareness raising, publicity and strong projects.

I sincerely invite leaders at all levels, every entrepreneur, and individuals in various circles to actively participate in and support activities held by the Association in order to create a new opening up situation. Let us join hands and strive together to advance the growth of Southeast and South Asian countries’ socio-economic development, and national prosperity in this peaceful age.

Finally, I wish a complete success of the founding meeting of the Association, and wish good health to everyone and their families, success in careers, and all the best.

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