On December 10th, 2021 International Forum on Free Trade Zones Development was held in Nanjing. The forum was hosted by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Jiangsu Provincial People's Government, World Free Zone Organization, supported by the Ministry of Commerce, organized by China Chamber of International Commerce and Jiangsu Provincial Department of Commerce, CCPIT Jiangsu sub-council, Nanjing Municipal People's Government, and co-organized by Nanjing Jiangbei New Area Management Committee. With the theme of "Open innovative cooperation, Foster new functions on free trade", the Forum aimed to build consensus on economic globalization, trade and investment facilitation, and to promote exchanges and cooperation among global free trade zones.
Gao Yan, Chairman of CCPIT and China Chamber of International Commerce, Fei Gaoyun, Executive Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province,Xia Xinmin, Acting Mayor of Nanjing, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Former Philippine President , YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia, Low Yen Ling, Minister of state at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to China and Samir Hamrouni, CEO of the World Free Zones Organization attended the opening ceremony and delivered online speeches. Chairman Yin Jianqing of our council chaired the forum and Vice Chairman Cong Sufeng attended the forum.
The forum was held in the combined way of online and offline, whose attendance exceeded three million. Representatives from relevant government departments, international organizations, free trade zones, trade and investment promotion institutions and business associations at home and abroad as well as foreign envoys, experts, scholars and enterprise representatives in China participated online and carried out discussions and exchanges around the topics such as further promoting trade and investment liberalization and facilitation and opportunities and challenges under the reconstruction of global industrial chain and supply chain. Representatives of all parties additionally conducted special discussions on scientific and technological innovation driving the development of free trade parks, financial openness and innovation in free trade park, building a pilot free trade zone under the new development pattern and so forth. Besides, ”Guide on the Business Environment of Eight Foreign Countries for the Chinese Investors” were released during the forum.