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China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) officially inaugurated

Updated: 2015-04-21
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The launch ceremony of the China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) is held in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province, on April 21. [Photo/people.cn]
   
The China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) was officially inaugurated on Tuesday, April 21.

Ceremonies were simultaneously held in Fuzhou, Xiamen and the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone at 10 am.
  
You Quan, Party secretary of Fujian, along with other senior officials, unveiled a nameplate for the Fujian FTZ.

The officials also conferred business licenses for the first domestic, foreign-funded enterprises and joint ventures in the FTZ.
 
The official website for the Fujian FTZ,
http://zmq.hxnews.com/, went online on Tuesday.
    
Background
 
China announced at its NPC meeting, on Dec 28, that it will set up three new FTZs in Fujian and Guangdong provinces and the city of Tianjin with relaxed investment rules to speed up reforms amid economic hardships.

The Fujian FTZ covers 118 sq km in Pingtan (43 sq km), Xiamen (43.78 sq km), and Fuzhou (31.26 sq km), concentrating on greater cross-Straits cooperation with Taiwan.

The government approval required for overseas companies in these zones setting up ventures or changing their purpose of business in these zones has been changed so that companies only need to file a report to the authorities. This adjustment will last for three years, after which officials will decide on whether the policy should continue.

This move has met market expectations that restrictions on foreign capital will be gradually scrapped and marks the latest effort by the central government to push its reform drive and stimulate the economy.
  
SOURCE:
China Daily
  
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