“Jointly Building CCI-ILSTC & Chongqing Cross-Border Digital Trade Development Strategic Cooperation” Launched
On the morning of July 18, Yuan Jiajun, Secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee attended the CCI-New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor (ILSTC) Regional Cooperation Forum and delivered a keynote speech, witnessing the launching of “Jointly Building CCI-ILSTC & Chongqing Cross-Border Digital Trade Development Strategic Cooperation”.
Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information and Second Minister for Home Affairs of Singapore, Sun Haiyan, Ambassador of China to Singapore, Guo Yezhou, Vice Minister of International Department of CPC Central Committee, Chen Mingbo and Luo Lin, Leadership of Chongqing, and Kho Choon Keng, President of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) attended relevant events.
On the morning of July 18, delegates of governments, business communities, and media from China, Singapore, and countries along the CCI-ILSTC joined in the forum to enhance cooperation and pursue common development in the future on the topic of “Joining Efforts for CCI-ILSTC, Sharing Diverse New Opportunities”.
In his speech, Yuan Jiajun conveyed cordial greetings to all the guests and extended heartfelt thanks to people from all sectors who care about and support the development of Chongqing. He noted that Chongqing is the only centrally-administered municipality in Central and Western China, a national key city, an anchor in the Large-Scale Western Development, connecting the Silk Road Economic Belt, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and the Yangtze Economic Belt. Chongqing enjoys a solid industrial foundation, well-connected transport, and strong competitiveness, and is a premium place to live, work, and travel. Chongqing is playing a unique and key role in China’s regional development and opening-up endeavors. In 2023, Chongqing has got off to a good start in building a modern and new Chongqing. Chongqing has been fully implementing the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress, and promoting national strategies of the Chengdu-Chongqing Twin-Hub Mega-Region and the CCI-ILSTC, striving for high-quality development, high-quality life, and efficient governance.
Yuan Jiajun noted that, in recent years, CCI has been advancing and our cooperation mechanism has been working well and efficiently. There have been multiple cooperation highlights in priority areas, the CCI network has grown from strength to strength and CCI has become a crucial bond for closer China-Singapore relations. Chongqing is ready to work with Singapore to actively explore cooperation on green finance and fin-tech, and continue to hold the CCI Financial Summit with high standards, making new achievements in financial cooperation. Chongqing and Singapore will accelerate the construction of land and air corridors, improve the connectivity of logistics hubs, facilitate cross-border trade, and make breakthroughs in transport and logistics cooperation. The two sides will jointly build the Airport Economy Industrial Cluster, promote “aviation + tourism” cooperation, and make new progress in aviation cooperation.
Chongqing will fully leverage the Smart China Expo to expand the application of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) International Dedicated Connectivity (IDC) and join hands to foster new advantages in ICT cooperation. Chongqing stands ready to expand sci-tech innovation cooperation with Singapore, co-host the “Belt and Road” Sci-Tech Exchange Conference, increase high-quality personnel exchanges, and scale new heights for sci-tech innovation cooperation. Chongqing will make the best of Chongqing Week in Singapore, jointly develop Chongqing-Singapore tourism offerings, deepen international cooperation in healthcare, and deliver more fruitful outcomes in people-to-people exchanges and cooperation.
In her speech, Minister Josephine Teo stated that CCI-ILSTC is unleashing the potential of regional development. As the gap between Western China and coastal provinces continues to narrow, the elevation of the Chengdu-Chongqing Twin-Hub Mega-Region as a national-level developmental strategy underscores the importance of Western China to China’s overall development. Southeast Asia and Western China have become each other’s largest trading partners with strong complementarity. In line with Singapore’s and Chongqing’s emphasis on sustainability and digitalization as new areas of growth and collaboration, both sides are looking forward to piloting green and digital initiatives, especially along the CCI-ILSTC. The CCI-ILSTC is an open and inclusive platform that thrives when there are more partners. She strongly encourages more engagement to attract more potential partners who can participate in the further development of the Corridor, unlock our economic potential, and benefit our people.
Ambassador Sun Haiyan said Chongqing is a pivotal hub connecting the Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road across land and sea. The CCI-ILSTC has enabled Chongqing and Western China to move faster in development within the Belt and Road Initiative framework. Thanks to the coordinated efforts from all parties, the CCI-ILSTC has demonstrated remarkable efficiency and seamless operations. Chongqing has now reached new heights, with a more solid foundation and enabling conditions that contribute more significantly to the new positioning of China-Singapore relations, Chinese modernization, and the BRI development. The CCI-ILSTC, acting as a powerful engine, will propel regional development where Chongqing will shine as the most brilliant star along this dynamic corridor, offering vast untapped potential for growth. Every stakeholder is encouraged to seize this opportunity by active participation and thrive together with Chongqing, Singapore, and the CCI-ILSTC.
In his speech, Kho Choon Keng highlighted the maturing progress of the CCI-ILSTC. The “city-to-city” collaboration between Singapore and Chongqing has played a significant role in fostering “region-to-region” connectivity between Western China and Southeast Asia. This collaboration has created excellent opportunities for win-win development and added more vitality to the sustained growth of the economy. Chongqing, where the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Yangtze River Economic Belt meet, has a prime location that links Eastern and Western China and drives development between its North and South. Thanks to these strengths, the confidence in the future Singapore-Chongqing cooperation has grown stronger. The SCCCI is willing to continue to actively work with Chongqing to generate transferable experience that can be applied elsewhere. Together, Singapore and Chongqing can facilitate a more unimpeded, prosperous, integrity-based, and mutually beneficial CCI-ILSTC.
During the forum, there was a dialogue centered around jointly building the CCI-ILSTC, where the industrial and business communities from China and Singapore offered proposals on building the CCI-ILSTC. Yuan Jiajun attentively listened to these perspectives, engaging in meaningful exchanges and discussions. In his remarks, he emphasized that building CCI-ILSTC is a major strategic decision aligned with the shared vision of the leaders of China and Singapore. It serves as a catalyst for advancing the BRI development and presents a vital strategic opportunity for Chongqing’s high-quality development. He stressed the importance of focusing concerted efforts on building major corridors, hubs, trade, and industries. In this way, new economic growth potentials can be explored, with shared emerging development opportunities and joint contributions to a brighter future.
During his visit to Singapore, Yuan Jiajun engaged in communications with the industrial and business communities in Singapore. Notably, he met with Pua Seck Guan, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Wilmar International and Executive Chairman and CEO of Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited, and Lim Boon Heng, Chairperson of Temasek Holdings. Yuan Jiajun presented Chongqing’s roadmaps and initiatives to implement the guiding principles of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and advance the modernization for a new Chongqing. These measures focus on sustainable development, sci-tech innovation, healthcare, green and low-carbon development, and the application of digital technologies. Pua Seck Guan and Lim Boon Heng expressed their commitment to seizing new opportunities brought by the modernization towards a new Chongqing, by deepening practical cooperation, expanding their industrial presence, and increasing investment in Chongqing. Furthermore, during a breakfast meeting with senior executives of financial institutions in Singapore, Yuan Jiajun highlighted Chongqing’s progress in the Smart, Integrated, Inclusive, and Facilitated Finance Program. He encouraged the financial institutions of the two places to enhance policy coordination and foster partnerships in financial equity, trading platforms, and financial businesses, to enable the crucial role of finance in empowering high-quality development.
Yuan Jiajun also paid field visits to an airport, higher education institutions, and research institutes. At Changi Airport and Singapore City Gallery, Yuan Jiajun explored the “Jewel Changi Airport” project, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the airport’s advanced operational management, as well as the city’s urban planning and construction practices. In addition, Yuan Jiajun engaged in discussions with scientists, young researchers, and medical workers during visits to institutions such as the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Center, and National Cancer Center Singapore. These interactions allowed him to grasp the latest trends in cutting-edge science and technology, insights into the mechanisms of commercializing scientific and technological achievements, and an understanding of Singapore’s advancements in medical and healthcare industry. He expressed his aspirations to strengthen cooperation between higher education institutions, foster talent development and exchanges, and promote collaborative scientific and technological innovations between the two countries, to better serve high-quality socio-economic development.
Heads from the Singaporean side, as well as officials from districts, counties, and departments of Chongqing, were present at the relevant activities.
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