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Started with 28km2, Ending in Where? BFA Members Visited China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone

Time:2014-07-31 18:56:32    Views:426186    Origin:Boao Forum for Asia

On 24th July 2014, Boao Forum for Asia held this year’s third event for its members at the Sheraton Hotel, Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone of Shanghai. The event centered on “Started with 28km² - A Visit to China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone”. 49 forum members and nearly 90 representatives of forum partners attended the event, the largest and highest level ever.

Mr. Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary General of the BFA, made the welcome address. Mr. Wang Xinling, deputy party secretary and deputy director of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Administration, Mr. Shen Shunhui, deputy executive manager of Hony Capital, and Professor Pan Yingli of Aetna School of Management of Shanghai Jiaotong University were present at the event. Mr. Wu Jun, executive director of the Forum Secretariat hosted the event.

Responsible persons of Free Trade Zone Administration, representatives of the enterprises operating in the FTZ, and scholars studying FTZ gave an all-round introduction of the FTZ, and had a candid and heated discussion with the members of BFA.

Mr. Wang Xinling said that the essence of Shanghai Free Trade Zone lay in institutional innovation and the operation aimed at wide applicability. As a trailblazer of China’s reform and opening-up, the FTZ did not restrict itself to the area of 28km², nor the Shanghai City. Instead, everything the FTZ did and every innovation it made were for the whole country. The FTZ had a mission of exploring new approaches and gaining new experience of reform and opening-up nationwide.
Mr. Zhou Wenzhong thanked Shanghai Municipal Government and the FTZ Administration for their support of the event. He also promised that the BFA Secretariat would continue to provide the members with quality services, and hold various events, to help the members better understand the latest policies and economic developments.

During the event, the members and sponsoring partners paid a visit to the Exhibition and Trade Center of Imported Machine Tool, and the Exhibition and Trade Center of International Wines, in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone of Shanghai, and made a survey of the Disneyland and its supporting facilities that were under construction.

This is the first time that the forum invited the members and sponsoring partners to the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. The forum hoped that through the on-site introduction and visit the members would know in depth the innovation and achievements made and the development plan to be implemented in this land. Hony Capital, a diamond member of the forum, provided generous support for this event.

In addition, the members present at the event also attended the Session on the Agenda of Boao Forum for Asia 2015 Annual Conference of, shared their opinions and suggestions on the agenda frankly.