On June 15, the “Chengdu Pilot Free Trade Zone Institutional Innovation Case Seminar” jointly organized by Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences(SASS) and the Chengdu Management Committee of China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone was held in Chengdu. Xiang Baoyun, president of Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, and Zhang Jinquan, executive deputy director of the Chengdu Management Committee of the China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. Pei Changhong, researcher from the Institute of Economics of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,Bai Ming, deputy director of the International Market Research Institute of the Ministry of Commerce, Shen Guilong, director of the Institute of Chinese Studies of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and other well-known scholars in the field and more than 30 representatives from the construction department of the Free Trade Zone, including the Committee, Chengdu Customs, and the Chengdu Branch of the People's Bank of China, attended the meeting. Chen Jing’an, deputy secretary of Committee of SASS of CPC, presided over the opening ceremony. Sheng Yi, former vice president of the SASS and director of the Research Center of Free Trade Development of SASS, presided over the meeting.
It is introduced that Chengdu Pilot Free Trade Zone has been established since 2017. In the past two years, with the system innovation as the core task, reform experimental tasks given by the Central Government have been implemented by more than 95% and 400-odd practice cases and 29 institutional innovation results promoted by the province have been produced. Sichuan accounted for one-sixth of the fifth batch of 18 free trade pilot zone reform experimental experience promoted across the country (including the Luzhou area).
Xiang Baoyun said that since the listing of Sichuan Pilot Free Trade Zone, it has achieved remarkable results, fully explained the reform spirit of “Bold Trial” and implemented the strategic measures of “Brave Experiment”. The core of the construction of Sichuan Pilot Free Trade Zone is “reform”, and the key is to “experiment”. In the future, the construction of the Sichuan Pilot Free Trade Zone should follow "three linkages." First, it should be linked to the national opening strategy. As an inland free trade zone, Sichuan should actively integrate into the construction of “the Belt and Road”and the Yangtze River Economic Belt. Second, it should be linked to the deepening of reform and deployment. The free trade zone should rely on the overall efficiency to achieve competitive advantage instead of the policy of one-time. The third is to link with international advanced practices.
Professor Li Houqiang, secretary of Committee of SASS of CPC, specially submitted a written speech for the meeting. He believes that the Sichuan Pilot Free Trade Zone has five features, that is, the double innovation of system and institution, coordinated promotion within and outside the region, endeavor of government and market, interaction of theory and practice and extension of history and logic. The free trade pilot zone is the ideological liberation zone, the responsibility-bearing zone, the stress experiment zone, the internal and external linked zone, the policy development zone, and the exploration pioneering zone. In the future, the construction of the Sichuan Pilot Free Trade Zone needs to promote the diffusion of experience, work alliances, research internationalization,effects popularization , and the standardization of the Free Trade Port.
At the meeting, the participants discussed the institutional innovations in the China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone and the 13 cases proposed by Chengdu Pilot Free Trade Zone. These cases involves the fields of trade facilitation, government function transformation, and event supervision. Zhang Jinquan particularly emphasized that the Chengdu Pilot Free Trade Zone will uphold the spirit of“Remain True to Our Original Aspiration and Keep Our Mission Firmly in Head”. Through this case discussion, he expected that more institutional innovation programs will be formed for Sichuan, and more Sichuan experience will be promoted nationwide.
During the meeting, experts and scholars visited Tianfu New District Planning Museum, Park City Planning Museum and Sichuan Pilot Free Trade Zone Exhibition Center.