Member of Standing Committee of CPC Party Committee of Yunnan Province
and CPC Party Committee of Kunming Municipality
Respected Vice Chairman Gu Xiulian, Respected leaders from Central Government and Yunnan Province, honored guests, comrades and friends,Good morning!
Today, Economic and Trade Cooperation and Development Association of Yunnan Province, Southeast Asia and South Asia is officially established in Kunming. That is another fruit of our regional cooperation with Southeast Asian and South Asian countries on the heel of Kunming Export Commodities Fair, South Asian Commodities Exhibition and ASEAN Chinese Businesses Fair. Hereby, on behalf of CPC Party Committee of Kunming Municipality and the People’s Government of Kunming Municipality, I express my congratulation on establishment of the association!
Located in the southwest of China, Yunnan gives the impression of frontier and border area and is the end of national economic development. From the world map, however, it is the geographical center of Asia, the center of Asian Five-hour Aviation Circle and an important gate for Chinese border area opening. As the political, economic, cultural and social undertaking developmental center, Kunming has an extremely high altitude for development and high degree of industrial support, economic concentration and social concentration.
In 2008, Kunming created 28.2% of GDP, 30.2% of increase value of second industry, 34.1% of increase value of tertiary industry, 29.9% of social fixed asset investment, 40.8% of total amount of social consumption goods, 50.7% of RMB deposit remaining of financial institutions and 60.8% loan balance, 41.7% of urban and rural savings, 76.1% of total import and export amount, 70.7% of export amount and 77.5% actual amount of foreign investment utilization of the whole province. Its general budget revenue, total budget revenue, large-scale industrial increase value and profit tax have accounted for over a third of Yunnan Province. That means that urban economic developmental market system of Kunming has covered the whole province, its economic development has extended to the whole province and its radius of resource operation has radiated to the whole province; and means that oversea enterprisers may have the whole market of Yunnan Province so long as they land on Yunnan, their projects are settled in Kunming and they start business in Kunming. More important is that national economy of Kunming features high mobility, high population out trip frequency, long transportation distance of production elements and wide market coverage, and is a city supported by traffic, relying on traffic, promoted by traffic and guided by traffic. According to statistics of National Holiday Office, among the 27 provincial capitals of China, weighted amount of five major out trips (official business out trip, business out trip, migrant worker out trip, home visiting out trip and traveling out trip) is the highest in Kunming. Meanwhile, Kunming is the “bridgehead” of China to face Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, South Europe and Africa, and is the converging point for the South-North International Thoroughfare and the third East-West Asia-Europe Continent Bridge with Shenzhen as the starting point. Such superior region further highlights developmental position of Kunming. Kunming will become a regional international metropolis serving development in Yunnan Province, radiating to the whole Southwest China, radiating eastern, middle and western parts and facing the large areas of Southeast Asia, South Asia, South Europe and Africa. The five regions have a population of 2.3 billion accounting for a third of the world, include 107 countries, with 55.7% of 192 UN member states and have strong international right to say. In the five regions, 3 countries are connected with us and 17 countries are adjacent to us. Merely in Southeast Asia and South Asia have concentrated 70% of Chinese businesses in the world and conglomerated 90% of global Chinese business capital, with every wide market prospect.
In recent years, friendship between Kunming, Southeast Asia and South Asia is increasing and bilateral communication and cooperation is increasingly close, injecting new energy and power to economic and social development of Kunming. In 2008, total trade volume of Kunming with Southeast Asian and South Asian countries amounted to RMB 2.07 billion, accounting for 28.1% of total foreign trade of Kunming. Southeast Asian and South Asian countries have become key trade companions of Kunming. Currently, with continuous construction of a large batch of infrastructures such as Kunming International Airport, Pan-Asia Railway, Kunming-Bangkok Road, Kunming-Rangoon Road and Kunming-Hekou, as well as commencement of development of Beibuwan Bay port and railway joint transportation and riverside areas of the Bay of Bengal, the bottleneck inhibition of Kunming in further opening to the outside world is gradually eliminated. That will usher in a wider developmental scope historically.
Three decades are spent in the coastal areas and three decades are spent in the border areas. Opening of nine provinces and regions in the coastal areas has enhanced Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Circum-Bohai-Sea Region. In opening of nine provinces and regions in the border areas, Yunnan Province boasts advantageous conditions and will take the lead in the border areas opening, wining a golden period for development. As the provincial capital of Yunnan Province, under powerful leadership of provincial Party Committee and provincial government, we will make all efforts to promote Kunming towards opening on a higher layers, wider area and deeper extent, so as to create good conditions for further expansion of friendly communication and economic cooperation with Southeast Asian and South Asian countries and further promotion of mutual-benefit cooperation.
Development demands cooperation and cooperation requires a platform. Establishment of Economic and Trade Cooperation and Development Association of Yunnan Province has built up an important platform oriented to economic and trade communication and cooperation with Southeast Asia and South Asia. It is significant for us to deal with global financial crisis and accelerate the developmental strategy of “tending toward the world” and has a far-reaching influence upon us to rely on our own advantages, form up joint force of opening and realize mutual benefit. Under guidance of the association, we will extensively unite with personnel from various sides and actively take part in regional economic and trade cooperation and communication. Meanwhile, we will also fully support work of the association and sincerely provide the association with high-quality and highly-effective service.
Finally, I sincerely wish continuous development of Economic and Trade Cooperation and Development Association of Yunnan Province, so as to make further contribution in promotion of sound development of regional economic and trade cooperation.