China shores up market confidence with new moves


SHANGHAI: On the first day of 2020, Xu Jin, from Shanghai, received a business license for the company “Shanghai Zunyun Consultancy and Management Co., Ltd” he cofounded with his American partner. Xu is among the first Chinese nationals to receive the business license for a foreign- funded company, after the foreign investment law, passed by the country’s top legislature in early 2019, took effect on the same day. The new law, granting more flexible market access to foreign firms in China, is hailed as a boost to their confidence in expanding investment in the world’s largest developing economy. In addition to the new law, cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou also rolled out supportive laws and regulations. In the 3.0 version of its business environment reform plan, Shanghai vows to take Hong Kong SAR and Singapore as benchmarks to optimize the business environment and simplify government service procedures. “Compared with the two previous versions, the new plan focuses on drawing advanced experience to foster a favorable business environment aligned with the highest international standards and best practices,” said Eddie Yan, Deloitte China Government & Public Services partner Kelly Fan, the corporate communication manager of Asia with General Mills, a leading global food company that set its Chinese headquarters in Shanghai, is also impressed by the newly released Shanghai plan. “We’ve operated business in China for more than 13 years, and we’ve received strong support from local governments such as the ‘door-to-door service,’ which enabled us to actively address market challenges and increase market share and sales,” said Fan. She believes that the new version will help Shanghai attract more investment from home and abroad. Guangzhou, capital of southern China’s Guangdong Province, also published a 3.0 version plan to improve the business environment. The plan incorporates 82 specific reform measures aiming to simplify formalities and improve efficiency. Headquartered in Guangdong’s city of Dongguan, Hsu Fu Chi International Ltd., a leading snack and confectionery producer, is confident in its market outlook. “Encouraged by the tangible progress the local government has made to improve the business environment, such as lower tax rate and electricity price, fewer restrictions on business registration, we are confident of our market performance this year,” said Su Qiang, Hsu Fu Chi’s CEO in an interview media. – The Daily Mail-China Daily News exchange item