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Chongqing and Chengdu Exchange Civil Servants to Promote Comprehensive Cooperation

By VIVIAN YANICHONGQING|Jun 16,2022

Chongqing- Chongqing will further promote the all-around cooperation with Sichuan in the next five years, as proposed by the recently concluded Sixth Chongqing Municipal Congress of the CPC, which involves in-depth cooperation in a number of government service areas.

The Outline of the Construction Planning of the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle has been fully implemented, a normalized and long-term cooperation mechanism has been established, several vital plans have been formulated, and major projects such as the Second Chengdu-Chongqing High-speed Railway have been successfully implemented, and the Chengdu-Chongqing Financial Court has been approved.

“In the next five years, the economic strength and global influence of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle will be greatly enhanced, the level of integrated development will be significantly improved, the regional characteristics will be further highlighted, and the role of supporting high-quality development across the country will be significantly enhanced,” said Mi Benjia, deputy director of the Chongqing Development and Reform Commission.

According to Mi,  specific plans involve improving the development level of the main metropolitan area between Chongqing and Chengdu, strengthening the two areas’ interaction, and promoting industrial integration and integrated reform. Cadre’s exchange still remains a highlight, who become explorers and practitioners between the two places.

The term cadre refers to a public official holding a responsible or managerial position, usually full-time, in party and government. China’s cadre responsibility system is part of broader administrative reforms and aims to improve the bureaucracy’s efficiency.

Promoting in-depth exchanges among cadres, avoiding cadres focusing on local interests, and accumulating work experience across provinces are becoming an “accelerator” for the process of regional integration, providing team support for the high-quality development of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle.

“Being able to participate in the construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle is a great responsibility,” said Wang Bokun, a cadre of the Liangjiang New Area Free Trade Office.

Currently, Wang is serving for the International Cooperation Bureau of Sichuan Tianfu New Area. His work involves promoting the interconnection of the overseas “electronic residents” system between Liangjiang New Area and Sichuan Tianfu New Area and jointly creating an international business environment.

Since the launch of the innovative overseas “electronic residents” system, more than 20 companies have filed applications and recently landed their first foreign investment enterprise in Liangjiang New Area this May.

“In the future, it will be much simpler to do cross-border business,” said Tahir Fouzi from Algeria, who obtained his business license and registered his company Chongqing Dongzenova Technology Co., Ltd., becoming the first overseas “electronic resident” in Liangjiang New Area.

Tahir Fouzi from Algeria, who obtained his business license and registered Chongqing Dongzenova Technology Co., Ltd. (Photo/ Liangjiang New Area)

According to Fouzi, Chinese electronic products are very popular in Arab countries. However, in order to facilitate a cross-border business, it was necessary to complete the currency exchange and other processes through a third-party intermediary agency at a high cost. 

With overseas “electronic residents,” overseas individuals and enterprises only need to complete the enterprise registration, taxation, bank account opening, etc., with full-process electronic processing through the overseas sites of MK Space after completing the verification and approval process.

“Now, we can directly connect with foreign customers through companies registered in China, eliminating the need for intermediate links between, which is very convenient,” said Fouzi,

Liangjiang New Area and Tianfu New Area have carried out in-depth cooperation in a number of government service areas such as business environment co-construction, smart network sharing, mutual recognition of approval results, re-engineering of approval processes, and interaction in service fields, effectively contributed to the creation of a market-oriented, legalized and international business environment in the Chengdu-Chongqing region.

Wang said, “next, we will think about the future planning between Chongqing and Chengdu, with a focus on building an inland open door and striving to promote the further cooperation and development of the two regions.”

(Wang Yuxuan, as an intern, also contributed to this report.)

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