Club Lunch: Guangdong’s Pilot Free Trade Zone: A New Window as China Opens Up
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015
12:30pm for 12:45pm – lunch
1:15pm – address
Speaker: Zheng Jianrong, Director General,
General Affairs Office of China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone
China’s “One Belt and Road Initiative” had emerged as one of the country’s top trade and diplomatic initiatives, and Guangdong province was part of it. Mr. Zheng shared how the management of the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone was building an important hub for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road while cultivating an investment and trade environment that was in line with international standards. He also looked for businesses from China and abroad that wanted to participate in the project.
Mr. Zheng had worked in the Department of Finance of Jiangxi Province, and in the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangdong Province, in charge of finance and foreign trade affairs. Mr. Zheng was the leader of the group responsible for the application, planning and establishment of the China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Mr. Zheng was also a member of Communist Party committee of the Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province. He spoke in Mandarin; simultaneous translation was provided.