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FIC Consults MOC& AQSIQ Over Go Global, Food Safety

CPPCC National Committee members representing Federations of Industry and Commerce opened a dialogue with leading officials of the Ministry of Commerce and the General Administration of Qualiy Supervion, Inspection and Quarantine on March 7, over possible measures toflesh out the governement"s go-global strategy and improve food safety.

The FIC members said that the country"s go-global strategy, which was formulated years ago, has achieved positive results, but how to build on the existing achievement should become the priority of the next stage.

"Going-global requires the acquisition of resource allocation of the international market and fostering a domestic market before getting the international market," said ACFIC Vice Chairman Wang Xinkui.

Wang said that the key to developing a transnational company is to open up import. "Adjusting import tariff structure is a key tool of guiding industrial structural change," he said,"Selectively lowering tariffs can help the companies to build international competitiveness."

ACFIC Vice Chairman Fu Jun noted that non-state-owned enterprises should be encouraged to seize the current favorable opportunities and explore technology, market, resources and capital abroad.

He suggested that relevant government departments and ministries formulate matched policies to support overseas merger and acquisition by Chinese enterprises, streamlining review and approval procedures and removing unreasonable legal restrictions.

But China Chamber of Commerce for the Private Sector Chairman Wang Yusuo said that building their own business overseas is more feasible for Chinese enterprises as M&A opportunities are harder to get and carry more risks.

Building their own business, which is a gradual investment process, will also help reducecorporate cultural conflicts and trade friction,he said.

Frequent food safety scares in recent years also raised concerns of the FIC members.

Fu blamed weak execution of government measures and penalties, as well as local protectionism in handling fake and shoddy food and medicine problems for the increasing concern of the public.

China Chamber of Commerce for the Private Sector Vice Chairman Song Beishan described the country"s production, food and medicine safety problems as growing pains in the extended period of transition from planned economy to market economy. He called for "increasing legal, administrative and supervisory investment and improving existing institutional system to adapt to the current situation".

AQSIQ Deputy Director Pu Changcheng said that the overall development level of the country"s food industry is not high, and there are "many weak links" in terms of credit system, management level, standard testing technology, laws and regulations as well as the institutional system.

But he said that AQSIQ has improved its production licensing system, state food quality supervision and sampling mechanism, rolled out a recall policy for unsafe food, and established a working mechanism on risk supervision, testing and administration. And AQSIQ plans to increase fines and tighten other punishment measures over food safety violations.

Meanwhile, Pu urged food producers to improve their technology and management ability, integrity and law-biding throughout production and operation, and nip food safety and quality problems in the bud.

Date:2012-3-8 17:29:36