Co-hosted by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission and the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and co-organized by the International Cooperation Center of National Development and Reform Commission, Development and Reform Commission of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Secretariat of the China-ASEAN Expo, the “China-ASEAN Production Capacity and Investment Cooperation Forum” was held in Nanning, Guangxi during the 17th China-ASEAN Expo on November 27, 2020. Participants to this Forum include Ning Jizhe, Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission and Director of the National Bureau of Statistics; Qin Rupei, Executive Vice Chairman of the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Djauhari Oratmangun, Indonesian Ambassador to China; Khek Caimealy Sysoda, Cambodian Ambassador to China; Raja Dato' Nushirwan Zainal Abidin, Malaysian Ambassador to China; and Consul-General of the Laotian Consulate General in Nanning, and they were invited to deliver speeches. Other participants include Pehin Dato Rahmani, Bruneian Ambassador to China as well as representatives of embassies and consulates of Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, and Belgium in China.
This Forum was held in the form of “main venue in Nanning + online venue” with the theme of “Deepen Production Capacity Cooperation and Address Common challenges”. The participants matched the demands for cooperation and shared experience and perspectives on cooperation in such areas as industrial chain and supply chain, digital economy, environmental protection, and fight against the COVID-19. The Forum forged a platform for deepening the cooperation in production capacity and investment between China and ASEAN countries and co-addressing the challenges posed by the COVID-19.
In his keynote speech, Ning Jizhe summed up the positive results of China-ASEAN cooperation in recent years, introduced China’s fight against the COVID-19 and economic development, elaborated on the potential and prospects for China and ASEAN to conduct cooperation in production capacity and realize the integrated development of industrial chains and supply chains. The Forum put forward four pieces of suggestions including making new progress in open and inclusive regional economic cooperation, creating a strong and safe regional industrial chain, giving new impetus to innovation-led regional development, and cultivating new growth areas for the green and clean development of the regional economy. Enterprises in ASEAN countries were invited to invest and set up businesses in China.
In his speech, Qin Rupei said that Guangxi has in recent years promoted and participated in international cooperation in production capacity, and expanded the areas of investment cooperation. It is hoped that we continue to work with ASEAN countries to tide over the difficulties, and promote all parties to make new progress in production capacity and investment cooperation, targeted industrial matchmaking, and construction of open and shared platforms among others.
In their speeches, diplomatic envoys of ASEAN countries in China expressed their support for the production capacity and investment cooperation, spoke highly of the positive role of production capacity and investment cooperation in advancing regional economic development, introduced the economic development and industrial development demands in their respective countries, and put forward views and suggestions on jointly addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 and stabilizing social and economic development. Representatives of domestic and foreign enterprises and financial institutions including Thai Chia Tai Group, China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation, Silk Road Fund, China Resources Group, SUSUN Group, SF Express Group, and Guangxi Liugong Group gave remarks at the Forum.
The Forum was attended by about 150 representatives from relevant Chinese government departments, financial institutions, enterprises, and think tanks, ASEAN countries’ diplomatic envoys to China, and enterprises and investment promotion agencies in China.