ACFIC’s 1st Chairman Summit held in Shandong
The first chairman summit of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) was held in Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province, on Nov. 8. Themed with “Carry on opening-up and reform with firm confidence in development”, the summit was an act in response to learning Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remarks on developing non-public sector in China’s economy, especially the one he made while presiding over a symposium on private enterprise on Nov. 1.
GAO Yunlong, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), attended the meeting and made a keynote speech, with Xu Lejiang, secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group and also Vice Chairman of the ACFIC, as the host.
Liu Jiayi, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Shandong Committee and Chairman of Shandong People's Congress also addressed at the meeting, accompanied by Fu Zhifang, Chairman of the CPPCC Shandong Committee, and Yang Dongqi, deputy secretary of CPC Shandong Committee.
Six private enterprise leaders who are now or use to be vice president of the ACFIC or the All-China Chamber of Industry and Commerce(ACCIC) made keynote speeches on the meeting as well. They are Li Shufu, chairman of the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Liu Yonghao, chairman of the New Hope Group, Zhang Jianhong, chairman of the Dongyue Group, Wang Yusuo, chairman of the ENN Group, Ye Qing, chairman of the Beijing Yeshi Enterprise Group, and Li Junhe, Board Chairman of Hanergy.
Gao called on to learn thoroughly the epic meaning of the remarks made by President Xi while at the symposium on private enterprise, which is a historic “milestone” of the development of non-public sector. He asked the federations of industry and commerce (FIC) at all levels to take it as the current and long-term focus of learning so as to better improve their job.
Gao stressed to summarize carefully the major experience of private enterprises contributing to the economic development in last 40 years of opening up and reform.
With the guidance of the opening-up and reform policy launched by the CPC, Chinese non-public sector has grown from minor to mass, and from weak to strong in the past four decades, which has played an important role in China’s social economic development, functional transformation of government and the exploring of international market.
The success of private enterprises was made through unswervingly adhering to the leadership of the CPC, our basic economic system, the direction of market reform, comprehensive rule of law, open-mindedness, honest and commonweal principle, reciprocity and sharing, and by taking economy construction as the center of efforts, opening wider to the outside world, and encouraging entrepreneurs to play their parts.
Today, private enterprise in China has entered a crucial stage of transforming and upgrading with bumps standing in the way of passing down the relay baton. By looking back, we can see the present better so as to pursue a better future development.
Gao reiterated that FICs across the country should take Xi’s remarks as guidance to help private enterprises develop with high-quality. FICs at all levels should visit private enterprises for field study, help them deal with practical difficulties, and support them to develop creatively.
China’s economic development remains stable and smooth, and the basic production elements remain supportive for high-quality development. And the overall trend of long-term stability and improvement remains unchanged.
Private entrepreneurs need to take the chance of deepening reform, new type of urbanization, rural rejuvenation, new technological revolution, industrial transformation, consumption upgrade, and the Belt and Road Initiative, and focus on refining their specialized industrial fields with innovation and sureness.
Gao said Shandong had a legacy of valuing integrity, honesty, reciprocity and mutual trust. He believed that under the guidance of Shandong government, the local enterprises were bond to lead out a way of shifting driving forces that would serve as an example to China’s national economic development.
Liu Jiayi expressed a warm welcome to the attendees on behalf of the CPC Shandong Committee, the provincial government and the people of Shandong Province.
He introduced that Shandong had a profound history, geographical advantage, bountiful resources, developed industries and dynamic technological and educational development. These were not only the confidence and advantages of Shandong, but also opportunities for all to come for win-win cooperation. Shandong would always remember President Xi’s inspiration and carry out the new development ideals by deepening the supply-sided structural reform, focusing on major tasks, making accurate policies to solve individual problems, and promoting high-quality development.
Liu said, the prosper of private enterprises meant a prosper Shandong, and a strong non-public sector meant a strong Shandong as. In the 40 years development of Shandong since the implementation of opening up and reform, the private enterprises had made remarkable contribution. They’d remain the “potential board” and “blue chip stocks” for Shandong’s future development of high-quality.
Liu also vowed to implement four moves to support private enterprises - polishing an effective policy system to give private enterprises more benefit and satisfaction, continuing building open platform with diversity to expand space for exchanges for private entrepreneurs, building up a better business environment with “get things done by asking only once” brand and with a close but clear relation between entrepreneurs and officials, publicizing down-to-earth entrepreneurship to usher a social environment where entrepreneurs receive respect, support and care.
Shandong would offer the same amount of support for non-public sector as that for public sector of the economy, and would take private entrepreneurs as families so as to share the development opportunities together and cooperate for a win-win future.
Xu Lejiang pointed out that President Xi has made four speeches on non-public sector and private enterprises in just a little more than a month, in which he spoke highly of their enormous contribution for China’s social economic development in the past 40 years of opening up and reform. President Xi acknowledged the important status and roles of non-public sector. By analyzing its current difficulties and problems, President Xi clearly put forward policy measures to better support the development and growth of private enterprises and also said out loud his earnest hope on private entrepreneurs.
Xu said, the ACFIC would continue playing its role in connecting the Party and the government with enterprises in non-public sector, build better “home” for private entrepreneurs, and construct a solid bridge between government and companies, by learning from President Xi’s remarks so as to open a new chapter of the ACFIC cause.
He said Shandong had carried on its fine legacy and took full use of the historical opportunity of becoming a comprehensive pilot zone for shifting driving forces. Non-public sector had just come as a new engine. He hoped that the private entrepreneurs would take the chance and work hard on both realizing high-quality development of individual companies and helping Shandong’s overall development.
That the summit invited former ACFIC and ACCIC entrepreneurs vice presidents was am innovation. This had added extensive wisdom and encouragement to the mass entrepreneurs to “remember original entrepreneurship and carry forward the reform cause”, which is both their responsibility and mission in the New Era.
The summit also held a ceremony for the signing of “Shandong pilot zone project for replacing old growth drivers with new ones”, where 25 programs with an investment of nearly 103 billion yuan were signed among which more than 75 billion yuan came from outside.
More than 500 people attended the meeting including leaders and former leaders of ACFIC and ACCIC at all levels, and the United Front Work Department of CPCCC, cadres from Shandong Province and representatives of private enterprises.