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A Seminar on the Development and Opening-up of Border Areas
was Held in Ruili, Yunnan

Date: 2014-12-26
          From 23 to 24 December, a seminar on the development and opening-up of border areas was held in Ruili City, Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture. The seminar was hosted by the Administration Committee of the Ruili Experimental District and co-sponsored by the Contemporary Green Economy Research Center of the COSC, the Counsellors’ Office of the people’s government of Yunnan Province, the CPC Dehong Prefectural Committee, and the people’s government of Dehong Prefecture. The Seminar was attended by over 60 participants, including Counsellors of the State Council Du Ying, Ge Zhirong, Chen Quansheng and Xie Boyang, officials from the relevant national government departments, representatives from Ruili of Yunnan, Dongxing of Guangxi and Manzhouli of Inner Mongolia, three key national experimental areas for development and opening-up, and government counsellors, experts and scholars from border provinces and regions.

COSC counsellor Du Ying made a keynote report. He said that to effectively promote the development and opening-up of border areas, it is necessary to combine domestic opening with international opening and combine border opening with inland opening, to properly balance “catching up” with “transformation”, to have a right approach to justice and interests and to be committed to reform and innovation. The three experimental areas, i.e. Ruili of Yunnan, Dongxing of Guangxi and Manzhouli of Inner Mongolia, have taken early exploratory steps to make continuous institutional innovation and achieved a good momentum of development, with improved infrastructure, steady progress in major projects and deepened cooperation with neighboring areas. Going forward, priority will be given to accelerating transportation infrastructure development, deepening business and industrial cooperation, strengthening financial and cultural exchanges, scaling up strategic input and policy support and promoting institutional innovation and environmental improvement, with a view to taking the development of the experimental areas to higher levels.

COSC counsellor Chen Quansheng, Minister-Counsellor Chen Hai from the Asian Affairs Department of the MFA and Inspector Li Yingming from the Western Development Department of the NDRC delivered thematic reports. Remarks were also made by relevant leaders of the administration committees of the three experimental areas and government counsellors of the border provinces and regions. During the discussions, COSC counsellors Ge Zhirong and Xie Boyang, officials from relevant provincial government departments, business leaders, provincial government counsellors and experts from research institutions shared views and ideas on how to deepen the development and opening-up of border areas from different perspectives. 

All agreed that with the comprehensive deepening of reform and opening-up and the further implementation of the Belt and Road initiative, it is fitting and necessary to step up the development and opening-up of border areas. It is important to accelerate infrastructure development, including ports and transportation, beef up institutional development for human resources and regional cooperation, and improve financial services, industrial support, poverty alleviation, urban-rural integration and social management in a systematic effort to promote the development and opening-up of border areas.

On the sidelines of the seminar, participants took a field trip to the Ruili key national experimental area for development and opening-up.