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Huang Qifan Meets with Director-General, Masanori Suzuki, and Other Officials of Small and Medium Enterprises of Japan.

On March 19, Mayor Huang Qifan met with Director-General Masanori Suzuki and other officials of the Small and Medium Enterprises of Japan in the Foreign Affairs Building, and the two sides held talks on strengthening exchanges and cooperation.

Huang Qifan said, in recent years, Chongqing, in accordance with the overall deployment of “314” by General Secretary Hu Jintao, has been conscientiously implement the spirit of the No.3 Document by the State Council and vigorously promoting the construction of inland open centers; striving to build urban and rural municipalities, improving people's livelihood and promoting common prosperity; accelerating economic development and urbanization and endeavoring to enhance the city's construction and management level, all of which have earned well-deserved recognition from the central government. For the future, Chongqing will exert more in the reform and opening up efforts to promote better and faster economic and social development.

Huang Qifan said, from January to February this year, Chongqing has seen its foreign investments growing by 50% on a year-on-year basis, and import and export trades growing 1.1 times larger, demonstrating the highest growth rate in the country. What is particularly gratifying is that the city's small and medium-sized enterprises, micro enterprises, the individual households grew to 50,000 in the first two months this year, indicating the favorable investment environment of Chongqing City which prove to be most attractive for millions to start business there. In promoting the development of private economy, small and medium-sized enterprises and micro-enterprises, Chongqing has introduced a package of specific measures: dealing with the capital problems encountered by the micro-enterprises; solving the financing problems mainly for the small and medium-sized enterprises and micro-enterprises; equalize treatment for large-scale private enterprises. It is these initiatives that lead to the increased development of the various enterprises in Chongqing and help solving numerous employment problems. He said that employment plays a decisive role in nation to nation and region to region competitions. For a responsible government, What is most important is to deal with the issue of employment, for which great importance shall be attached to the real economy, including development of private economy, small and medium-sized enterprises and micro-enterprises, micro-enterprises. Furthermore, he expressed his hope that in the development process of Chongqing City, the exchanges and cooperation with the Small and Medium Enterprise of Japan will be strengthened for joint development promotion.

Masanori Suzuki said that Chongqing occupies a very important position in China's western development and boasts unique advantages for development. In recent years, China's central and western regions, including Chongqing, are drawing increasing attention from Japanese enterprises thanks to its staff stability advantage. At present, the Japanese government is making great efforts to encourage the small and medium enterprises to launch overseas businesses, hoping to strengthen cooperation and attract Japanese SMEs to invest in Chongqing.

   

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