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"Siphon Effect" Emerges in Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone

Information source:collation of the home website  Time of publication:2017-09-25 09:40:00

On Sept 14, the Information Office of Shaanxi Provincial Government held the 12th press conference themed “implementing the spirit of the 13th Party Congress, celebrating the successful convening of 19th National Congress of the CPC, carrying out the Five New Strategic Tasks, and catching-up & surpassing the advanced economies”. According to the press, since its foundation on April 1, the China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone has made substantial progress in terms of the shift of government functions, commercial system reform and investment & trade facilitation. The business environment has been significantly improved and the “siphon effect” has been produced.

The work on creating international standard business environment has been accelerated. Since its operation, the Free Trade Zone has carried out reform in commercial registration system such as “single-window system, multiple certificates-in-one, and one-stop service”, and pushed forward the electronic business license application through WeChat (a cellphone App) in a comprehensive way. As a result, the registration period was shortened from the former 15 days to 3 days, and the fastest application would be completed within a day. Meanwhile, the affairs within the scope of provincial administration has been trusted and transferred to lower level departments. The Shaanxi Provincial Government has transferred 213 approval and administration items to management committees in the Free Trade Zone, which provided streamlined services for enterprises and individuals. The efforts made in Free Trade Zone also include optimization of administrative process for project investment and management, innovation in enterprise investment approval and recording-keeping, shortening the approval period for administrative and service items oriented by “single-window service, coordinated approval process and limited approval period” in light of the 4 stages of project set-up, planning and permit, construction permit, and completion acceptance. In addition, agent service for major project approval is available at the China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone to offer “one-stop and complete agent service”.

Fresh progress has achieved in investment and trade facilitation reform. Pre-establishment National Treatment and Negative List Management Mode have been carried out in the Free Trade Zone, and the “go-global one-stop service platform” has been established, which will offer all-round services for enterprises in the zone covering domestic and foreign investment, law, policy, financing and Yuan cross-border settlement. E-port aiming to facilitate clearance and the national standard “single-window system” for international trade have been established and put into operation. Integrated with functions of cargo clearance, manifest clearance and means of transportation clearance, and featured service functions of export fruit electronic supervision and quality traceability system, the clearance efficiency has been increased by more than 70%.

The international exchange and cooperation in modern agriculture have deepened. Focusing on exchange and cooperation in agricultural technology, the Yangling Demonstration Zone in China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone, through the establishment of “Sino-American University Agricultural Promotion Alliance” by 15 universities both in China and America, has set up an information network of agricultural sci-tech service for countries and regions along the Belt and Road. Oriented by the new model of “go global”, 6 international cooperation parks such as China-Kazakhstan Modern Agriculture Demonstration Park, Sino-US Agricultural Science and Technology Industrial Park and Sino-Russian Modern Agricultural Science and Technology Park have been built to engage in agricultural sci-tech services including variety research and development, soil improvement, agricultural equipment export and farmer training.

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