First of all, on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce of China, I would like to express my agreement with the work report of the bilateral working committee presented to the council, and the interpretation made by the president of the bilateral working committee. At the same time, I am glad with the achievements gained by the Suzhou Industrial Park during the 20 years since its foundation, and sincerely thankful to Singapore’s support to the park.
The development history of the Suzhou Industrial Park is a successful epitome of China’s reform and opening up, as well as the socialist modernization, and also a mirror of the equality, reciprocity and sincere cooperation between China and Singapore. During the 20 years, the Suzhou Industrial Park has gained remarkable achievements on planning and construction, business and investment inviting, scientific and technological development, social governance and system and mechanism innovation, becoming a successful model of China’s opening up and development area construction in the new era. There were inevitable difficulties and challenges during the construction of the Suzhou Industrial Park, but the two parties always adhere to the development goal of the park, working together with one heart and sincerity, and solve all kinds of difficulties with the wisdom and strength of the two parties, creating splendid achievements. These achievements are attributable to the kind concern of the leaders of the two countries, the support from the members of the council, and the unremitting efforts of Jiangsu province, Suzhou city and the builders of the park.
As a leading member of the council of the Chinese side, the Ministry of Commerce has always paid high attention to the development of the park, and together with other council members, strengthened support to the park in scientific and technological innovation, financial services and opening up of the service industry. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the park, representing the start of a new development stage.
I hope that the park would comprehensively summarize its development achievements and the experience of China-Singapore cooperation, give full play of the advantages of bilateral cooperation, continuously deepen cooperation connotation, expanding cooperation fields, highlight the development mode centered on market, promote the innovation of social management, speed up transformation and upgrading, and accelerate innovative development, in order to provide experience to China’s industrial upgrading and optimization and new-type urbanization. The Ministry of Commerce and other council members will support the development of the park as always, solve the difficulties and problems during the construction, and make positive contributions to China-Singapore friendly cooperation and the further development of the park.