To optimize the business environment in an all-round way and deepen regional and international exchanges and cooperation, the Ethiopian consul general to Chongqing, along with his delegation paid a visit to Mianyang city, from 26th to 27th, and presented the 2019 (Mianyang) Ethiopian trade and investment environment promotion conference, hoping to build a bridge of friendly cooperation between Ethiopia and Mianyang through the event. Pan Daqin, Party Secretary and Director of the Municipal Bureau of Commerce, presided over the meeting, and Zhao Yingchun, Deputy Mayor, attended the activities.
"Africa is now China's comprehensive strategic cooperative partner. We two parts enjoy many opportunities for economic cooperation, great potential in market and high returns, in addition to our leverages in complementary markets and preferential trade arrangements with Europe and America. The two parties, Mianyang and Ethiopia, have their own strengths and converging points, with huge potential for cooperation." In the meeting, Consul-general introduced Ethiopia's economic policy and investment environment to more than 60 Mianyang superior enterprises. Mr. Qian Zhaogang, former Commercial Counselor to Ethiopia and executive chairman of Chongqing Chamber of Commerce for Trading, made a impressive sharing of investment experience and practices in Ethiopia. In recent years, in regard to concrete measures for developing, Ethiopian officials have repeatedly learned from the experiences of Chinese, and referenced to China's model, that is, establishing a “five-year” scheme for economic growth and transformation, identifying the targets at present and in a long run whose subject has been the poverty alleviation instead of large-scale industrial construction and development in agriculture. At present, Ethiopia has taken measures such as opening up most areas of investment, lowering the minimum limit, simplifying approval procedures and exempting taxes to increase investment attraction, still, the automobile, steel, textile, shoe making, building materials and food processing industries are developing rapidly and in a great need to be strengthened.
This meeting embarked the course of opening up and cooperation between China and Egypt. Among the city, there will be more local enterprises and products step out of the door to Africa and Ethiopia with a more open pose. At the same time, we sincerely hope that Ethiopian friends will come to Mianyang seeking business opportunities and achieving win-win cooperation. Local entrepreneurs will surely be supported by the first-class trade environment, service and security policies.
During the visit, the Ethiopian consul general to Chongqing also visited Changhong Group and observed the development mode and current situation of the enterprises.