Qianhai Administration: New customs policy has little impact on Qianhai Shekou
Intern reporter Du Ting
21 April 21st is the first anniversary of the establishment of the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone. Over the past year, Nansha, Qianhai Shekou, and Hengqin have achieved significant results in terms of institutional innovation, reform and development, characteristic industries, and development and construction. Yesterday, nearly 50 mainstream media at home and abroad came to Qianhai Shekou Area, the second stop of the large-scale theme interview of "Chinese and Foreign Mainstream Media Watching the First Anniversary of the Construction of Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone," to experience the development results of Qianhai Shekou Area in the field.
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The interview was organized by the Information Office of the People's Government of Guangdong Province and hosted by the Guangdong Office of the Hong Kong Commercial Daily. It invited Reuters, Asahi Shimbun, People's Daily, Wenhui Daily and other nearly 50 mainstream media at home and abroad to participate. From April 17th to April 22nd, the interview team will go to Nansha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen Qianhai Shekou, Zhuhai Hengqin for field interviews.
In the Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone, the interview group visited the Qianhai Exhibition Hall and the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Dream Factory, and learned about the efforts made by the Free Trade Zone in facilitating Hong Kong businessmen, developing and constructing, and innovating industries. According to Zhang Ying, the person in charge of DreamWorks Division, as of the end of 2015, DreamWorks had set up 124 entrepreneurial teams, of which 59 were from Hong Kong and Macau. In terms of financing, more than 60 projects received third-party financing last year, the highest of which amounted to RMB 700 million.
Why can so many young people from Shenzhen and Hong Kong come to DreamWorks to start a business? Mu Rong Zhihui, assistant chairman of the board of directors of Qianhai Houde Venture Incubator, said that Houde Incubator has incubated more than 30 projects in a year, one-third of which came from Hong Kong. The dream factory rent-free preferential policy for half a year is undoubtedly extremely attractive to entrepreneurial youth.
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At the Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone Exchange Symposium held in the afternoon, Wang Jinxia, spokesperson of Qianhai Administration Bureau, presented the report on economic development of the Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone in the past year.
Wang Jinxia said that in 2015, the Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone realized tax revenue of 17.4 billion yuan, an increase of 63.61%; contractual foreign investment reached US $ 21.778 billion, an increase of 210%, accounting for 77% of the city; the actual utilization of foreign capital in the Qianhai block was 2.23 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for 34.23% of the city; completed 30.8 billion yuan in fixed asset investment in the whole year, equivalent to the total of the previous five years, an increase of 75% year-on-year; China Merchants Group also achieved the goal of doubling its main operating and asset indicators in advance.
During the reporter's questioning session, a reporter asked whether the new customs policy implemented on April 8 would affect the Qianhai Shekou area? Yuan Zhixiong, director of the Bonded Port Management Division of Qianhai Administration, replied that the implementation of the new customs policy declared the end of the duty-free era, but only the increase in the cost of consumption of some commodities, which has little impact on the whole. On the positive side, the new customs policy encourages cross-border e-commerce to work on profit models, supply chain selection and management, and to create a fair market environment for cross-border e-commerce.
It is reported that after the interview of the Qianhai Shekou area yesterday, the Chinese and foreign mainstream media interview groups will continue to conduct field interviews in the Hengqin area of Zhuhai.