Member of Standing Committee of CPC Party Committee of Yunnan Province and
Standing Vice Governor of the People’s Government of Yunnan Province
Respected Vice Chairman Gu Xiulian, Respected Leaders, Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:
First of all, on behalf of CPC Party Committee of Yunnan Province and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province, I express my congratulation on establishment of Economic and Trade Cooperation and Development Association of Yunnan Province, Southeast Asia and South Asia, welcome Vice Chairman Gu Xiulian, leaders and guests attending our meeting in person, and extend my heartfelt appreciation to friends from all walks of life who have concerned, supported and helped economic and social development of Yunnan Province!
Economic globalization and regional economic integration is an irreversible current of the times. China, Southeast Asia and South Asia are regions with the greatest potential of development in the world at present. With abundant resources, strong national culture and respective features of economic development, the prospect is very wide for realizing complementary advantages and joint development. With acceleration of economic globalization, it is gradually important to further communicate connection between market in China, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Yunnan Province is located at the southwest frontier of China and borders on Viet Nam, Lao and Myanmar. It has been the main land passage from China to Southeast Asia and South Asia. In recent years, CPC Party Committee of Yunnan Province and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province have carefully carried out a series of policies and measures of the Central Government about expansion of opening to the outside world. Closely focused on the goal of building Yunnan into an international thoroughfare from China to Southeast Asia and South Asia, efforts have been made to fully play out regional advantages and resource advantages, implement the strategy of “introducing in” and “walking out”, practically build up infrastructures and actively promote construction of four economic corridors from Kunming to Hanoi, from Kunming to Bangkok, from Kunming to Rangoon and from Kunming to South Asia. An all-rounded and multilayer format of opening to the outside world oriented to Southeast Asia and South Asia is coming into being. However, we should be clear that, during our opening to Southeast Asia and South Asia, there are also problems such as low degree of opening, small trade volume and unstable foundation for lasting and steady increase. After international financial crisis in the second half of last year, on the basis of carefully implementing Central Government’s policy about expansion of domestic demands and promoting stable and fast economic and social development, provincial Party Committee and government have rapidly made a series of policies about “grabbing opportunity, promoting investment, intensifying industry, expanding consumption, increasing momentum, paying attention to people’s life, protecting ecological environment and keeping stability”, so that most of the economic indices in the provinces have begun to increase. However, oversea trade is still lastingly low. From Jan to April, import and export in the whole province have been finished by RMB 1816 million, with a year-on-year decrease of 47.6%. Therefore, further intensifying cooperation and communication with Southeast Asia and South Asia is particularly important for our province to deal with current international financial crisis, pull economic growth, further improve opening to the outside world and promoting long-range development of economic and social development.
Economic and Trade Cooperation and Development Association of Yunnan Province, Southeast Asia and South Asia is a social union with the goal of building communication and cooperation platform between governments, social groups and enterprise in China, Southeast Asia and South Asia, aiming at serving enterprises and entrepreneur. It has unique advantages in promoting communication and cooperation with the outside world. Establishment of Economic and Trade Cooperation and Development Association of Yunnan Province, Southeast Asia and South Asia is bound to effectively promote opening of our province and China as a whole to Southeast Asia and South Asia, impulse multilateral cooperation in the regions and enhance joint development. It is a hope that, with the guidance of scientific outlook towards development, Economic and Trade Cooperation and Development Association of Yunnan Province, Southeast Asia and South Asia can continuously get adapted to the tendency of economic globalization and the China’s reform and opening to the outside world. Based on Yunnan’s geographical, regional and resource advantages in opening to the outside world, it will actively participate in construction of Sino-ASEAN Free Trade Zone, further promote communication, cooperation and interaction between Yunnan, Southeast Asia and South Asia, continuously seek fro business opportunities and explore international market and try to build the association into an international regional development platform oriented to Southeast Asia and South Asia, so as to make further contribution to construction of Yunnan Province that is rich, democratic, civilized, opening and harmonious.
I wish increasingly prospering of Economic and Trade Cooperation and Development Association of Yunnan Province, Southeast Asia and South Asia! I wish all leaders and guests good health and smooth work!