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China Focus: Hainan sets to bring global benefits as free trade port

2021-5-9 20:42

 

HAIKOU, May 9 (Xinhua) -- As comprehensive reforms are being deepened and high-level opening-up policies are being put in place, China's southern island province of Hainan is transforming itself into a free trade port for the world.

China last June released a master plan to build the island into a globally influential and high-level free trade port by the middle of the century. The ongoing China International Consumer Products Expo (CICPE) is the latest testament to China's opening-up commitment.

The CICPE, a new annual expo at the national level and the first international expo on the island, has attracted 648 companies and more than 1,300 brands from 69 countries and regions. More than 200,000 visitors from home and abroad are expected over the four-day event.

Running from May 7 to May 10, the expo covers 80,000 square meters, including 60,000 square meters of international exhibition space featuring products including cosmetics, automobiles, yachts and clothing.

The Chinese government has held an open attitude through the expo, which will greatly promote economic and trade globalization, said Kazunori Tokura, executive vice president of Omron Healthcare (China). He added that the Hainan free trade port can promote more global trade exchanges, which is of great help to accelerating the introduction of Omron's foreign products to China.

With a total population of over 1.4 billion and more than 400 million middle-income residents, China has become the world's most promising consumer market.

Official data shows that despite the impact of COVID-19 last year, China's imports of consumer products rose by 8.2 percent year on year to 1.57 trillion yuan (about 241.9 billion U.S. dollars).

Hainan could become the world's biggest duty-free market at current growth rates, according to a joint KPMG/Moodie Davitt white paper on Hainan released on Friday.

"While traditional sector hotspots saw their sales plummet, Hainan's duty-free revenues soared like an eagle to around 5 billion U.S. dollars," read the paper, highlighting the triumph of a pro-business, pro-consumer, pro-Hainan policy that has succeeded beyond all expectations.

Hainan has implemented policies such as visa-free entry, offshore duty-free shopping and a tax-exempt imports list. Many exhibitors said that a series of preferential policies had provided a good channel for overseas brands to enter the Chinese market.

Paolo Bazzoni, chairman of the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, said the expo will definitely push the domestic consumption of quality goods and, at the same time, let the world know that China is recovering from the pandemic and ready to lead quality retailing.

As the broader economy continues to recover on firm footing, China's retail sales of consumer goods, a major indicator of consumption strength, picked up further. In the first quarter, its retail sales increased by 33.9 percent year on year to 10.5 trillion yuan.

"By holding the expo, we will give further play to the policy advantages of the Hainan free trade port, effectively promote the accumulation of high-end goods, capital, talent and other resources, and vigorously promote the development of the services sector, such as exhibitions, modern logistics, commerce and trade, and circulation and design," said Rong Yansong, deputy director of the Hainan provincial department of commerce.

From an underdeveloped frontier outpost before the 1980s to the country's youngest province and largest special economic zone by 1988, Hainan is the epitome of China's opening-up. Since it assumed its new role as a free trade port, pioneering policies facilitating free and convenient trade in goods and services have been rolled out one after another.

The island is actively improving its domestic and international connectivity. According to its government plan, the number of domestic and foreign air routes will be increased to 646 during the 2021-2025 period, reaching 200 cities worldwide with a passenger throughput of 60 million.

Twenty more domestic and foreign trade routes will be opened, reaching 100 ports around the world and with a cargo throughput of 266 million tonnes, an increase of 20 percent during the five-year period.

After the island is closed and operating as a free trade port in 2025, Hainan is expected to become a paradise for global tourists, merchants and investors.

"The appeal of the expo shows the effectiveness of the opening policy of the Hainan free trade port and the optimization of its business environment," said Fabrice Megarbane, president and CEO of L'Oreal China. "Relying on the expo to develop the tourism retail market in Hainan will further release the consumption potential of China."

 

新华社海口5月9日电随着全面深化改革和高水平对外开放政策的实施,中国南部岛屿海南省正在向世界自由贸易港转型。


去年6月,中国发布了到本世纪中叶将海南建设成为具有全球影响力、高水平的自由贸易港的总体规划。本届中国国际消费品博览会是中国对外开放承诺的最新体现。


新一届国家级年度博览会,也是海南岛首届国际博览会,吸引了来自69个国家和地区的648家企业和1300多个品牌参展。在为期四天的活动中,预计将有20多万国内外游客前来参观。


展会将于5月7日至5月10日举行,占地8万平方米,其中包括6万平方米的国际展览空间,主要展出化妆品、汽车、游艇和服装等产品。


欧姆龙医疗(中国)执行副总裁Kazunori Tokura表示,中国政府通过此次博览会持开放态度,这将极大地促进经济和贸易全球化。他补充说,海南自由贸易港可以促进更多的全球贸易交流,这对加快欧姆龙的国外产品引进中国有很大帮助。


中国有14亿多人口,4亿多中等收入居民,是世界上最具潜力的消费市场。


官方数据显示,尽管去年受到新冠肺炎的影响,但中国消费品进口同比增长8.2%,达到1.57万亿元人民币(约合2419亿美元)。


根据毕马威(KPMG)和穆迪(Moodie Davitt)上周五发布的海南白皮书,按目前的增长速度,海南可能成为全球最大的免税市场。


“当传统行业热点地区的销售额大幅下降时,海南的免税收入却如鹰一般飙升至50亿美元左右,”该报纸写道,强调了亲商、亲消费、亲海南的政策取得了出乎意料的成功。


海南实施了免签证入境、境外免税购物、进口商品免税清单等政策。许多参展商表示,一系列优惠政策为海外品牌进入中国市场提供了良好的渠道。


中国-意大利商会主席保罗·巴佐尼表示,博览会必将推动国内优质商品消费,同时也让世界知道,中国正在从疫情中复苏,准备引领高品质零售。


随着整体经济继续以坚实的基础复苏,中国消费实力的主要指标——消费品零售额进一步回升。今年一季度,中国社会消费品零售总额达到10.5万亿元,同比增长33.9%。


“通过举办博览会,我们将进一步发挥海南自由贸易港的政策优势,有效促进高端商品、资金、人才等资源的积累,大力推动会展、现代物流、商贸等服务业发展,海南省商务厅副厅长荣岩松表示。


从20世纪80年代前的一个不发达的边疆前哨,到1988年成为中国最年轻的省份和最大的经济特区,海南是中国开放的缩影。中国自担当起自由贸易港的新角色以来,推动货物和服务贸易自由便利化的开创性政策层出不穷。


积极推进岛内国际互联互通建设。根据政府的计划,在2021-2025年期间,国内外航线将增加到646条,覆盖全球200个城市,旅客吞吐量达到6000万人次。


再开通20条国内外贸易航线,通达全球100个港口,货物吞吐量2.66亿吨,同比增长20%。


2025年海南岛关闭并成为自由贸易港后,海南预计将成为全球游客、商人和投资者的天堂。


欧莱雅中国总裁兼首席执行官法布里斯·梅加贝恩表示:“博览会的吸引力显示了海南自由贸易港开放政策的有效性和其商业环境的优化。”“依托博览会发展海南旅游零售市场,将进一步释放中国的消费潜力。”

 

来自: xinhua