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Monday, September 27 2021 - 16:19
AsiaNet
Baise Key Development and Opening Pilot Zone: High-level Opening-up Achieves High-quality Development
BAISE, China, Sept. 27, 2021 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On September 11, the Promotion Conference & Signing Ceremony of Guangxi Baise 
Key Development and Opening Pilot Zone was held in Nanning, on which, a total 
of 47 projects were signed with a total investment of RMB 31.2 billion. It has 
been one year since the Baise Key Development and Opening Pilot Zone was 
approved (hereinafter referred to as Baise Pilot Zone). Throughout the first 
year, Baise Pilot Zone has embraced a wider opening-up and deepened the 
economic and trade cooperation, stepping into the forefront of friendly 
relations between China and ASEAN, and playing a vital part in the construction 
of "the Belt and Road", according to the Publicity Department of Baise City.

The frontier trade grows at a good momentum, whilst the transformation and 
upgrade of the border trade achieve initial success. Currently, Baise Pilot 
Zone has promoted the establishment of three processing parks, 19 processing 
projects of imported goods via border trade, and 20 border trade cooperatives, 
which has greatly stimulated the endogenous development of border trade. In 
2020, facing the adverse situation caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, the 
frontier trade in Baise bucked the trend and increased, realizing the total 
import and export volume of RMB 4.7 billion, with a year-on-year growth of 
59.5%. From January to July this year, the city reached RMB 23.829 billion for 
the export and import trade, with a year-on-year growth of 124%, ranking first 
in Guangxi in terms of the growth rate.

The responsible person of Jingxi Baocheng Food Co., Ltd. expressed: "The 
customs has taken a series of business model reforms, for example, through the 
reform that allows businessmen in frontier trade to transport imported goods 
directly to processing plants, our imported goods, such as fresh frozen 
shrimps, can be directly transported to the refrigerating chamber, which saves 
the cost and makes the customs clearance more efficient. Hence, the enterprises 
can operate efficiently and the dividends brought by reforms can benefit more 
businessmen in frontier trade."

To provide convenient trade conditions for foreign tradesmen, Baise Pilot Zone 
has actively launched business models, such as "full export and full import + 
centralized application", "one license for multiple orders + centralized 
application", "two-step application", and "advance application and checkpoint 
inspection" for the import and export on border highways. In addition, the 
business reforms, such as the "centralized" application of frontier trade and 
the policy that enables to directly transport goods to the processing plants, 
were implemented, which have greatly enhanced the foreign trade benefits and 
saved the time and cost of the consumers and merchants.

Meanwhile, Baise Pilot Zone has promoted public services, including "various 
matters in one system" and "one-stop services" and to realize the goal of 
"handling at a time", made solid progress in developing major projects. The 
efficient government service has attracted the attention of many investors. 
According to the statistics, since Baise Pilot Zone has been approved, there 
have been 206 projects commenced with a total investment of RMB 198.8 billion, 
and 250 key projects reserved with a total investment of RMB 1.01 trillion.

Source: The Publicity Department of Baise City

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