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Xu Ningning: International Cooperation Situation of Chambers of Commerce and Associations and Some Suggestions

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Global Times, November 26, 2019: "At present, the demand for international cooperation of chambers of commerce and associations is strong. Although the level of international cooperation of chambers of commerce and associations has been improved in recent years, there is still a large gap to meet the development needs." said Xu Ningning, Executive President of China-ASEAN Business Council, in his keynote speech at the “Belt and Road” Global Chambers of Commerce and Associations Secretary-Generals’ Meeting.

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On November 22-23, the 2019 “Belt and Road” Global Chambers of Commerce and Association Conference was held in Beijing with the theme “Focusing on Interconnection and High-Quality Co-construction of the Belt and Road”. During the conference, several international forums such as the “Belt and Road” Global Chambers of Commerce and Associations Secretary-Generals’ Meeting were held.

Xu Ningning said that in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road", the demand for international cooperation of chambers of commerce and associations is strong. In international cooperation, chambers of commerce and associations have advantages for their functions of bridging, network, flexibility, and representativeness. Fully exploiting these advantages is conducive to enhancing cooperation between enterprises, cooperation between relevant authorities, and the coordination between authorities and enterprises, as displayed by the rapid development of international cooperation of chambers of commerce and associations. In recent years, the chambers of commerce and associations at home and abroad has been actively connecting with each other. Especially, the connection between chambers of commerce and associations in China and developing countries has been significantly strengthened. Various cooperation meetings and the number of people engaged in international cooperation of chambers of commerce and associations has increased.

Xu Ningning deemed that the level of international cooperation of chambers of commerce and associations has been improved in recent years. However, by and large, there is still a large gap to meet the development needs, and the potential of the international cooperation of chambers and commerce is far from fully tapped.

-- Some leaders and people in charge of international cooperation of the chambers of commerce and associations lack relevant work experience and ability, and knowledge of the situation of the joint construction of the“ Belt and Road ” and the information of major foreign chamber of commerce and associations. For the lack of working channels to major foreign chambers of commerce and associations, some even regard unrepresentative and fake chambers of commerce and associations as key partners, which restricts the effectiveness of international cooperation;

-- Some chambers of commerce and associations pay more attention to the form rather than the actual effects. They sign the memorandums of cooperation only for the signing, and for the purpose of showing their international relations to relevant domestic organizations. Few memorandums of cooperation is actually implemented;

-- Some member companies go further than their chambers of commerce and associations in "going out". It’s normal that the companies know some information better. However, if the chambers of commerce and associations do not attach enough importance to exploit their advantages to actively connect with foreign chambers of commerce and associations, if they always move slowly in international cooperation, it will be difficult for them to provide guidance and service for the companies.

Xu Ningning pointed out that in the face of the complex and changing global economy, promoting friendly cooperation between domestic and foreign chambers of commerce and associations is a positive measure to enhance China's foreign economic and trade cooperation and a guarantee for the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”. Promoting the cooperation between domestic and foreign chambers of commerce and associations can bolster the cooperation of enterprises, and especially can facilitate the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. What’s more, enterprises in overseas markets can be better united and get greater visions.

Xu Ningning said that the authorities should give play to the positive role of the chambers of commerce and associations in international economic cooperation. Some cooperation is better conducted by chambers of commerce and associations than by the government.

Xu Ningning suggested that chambers of commerce and associations should participate in the construction of the “Belt and Road” and take it as their mission and driving force for development. They should actively conduct international cooperation, and strive to make great achievements in the construction of the “Belt and Road”. They should strengthen international cooperation and take it as an important task to build and consolidate their merits and provide good services for the external development of member enterprises. In terms of organization building, it is necessary to equip the staff with better international cooperation skills and further improve the internal mechanism to adapt to the trend of opening up.

He suggested that, in cooperation with foreign chambers of commerce and associations, Chinese chambers of commerce and associations should attach the same importance to foreign representative chambers of commerce and industry, industry associations, and local chambers of commerce, as they do to overseas Chinese chambers of commerce. They should establish and improve the international cooperation mechanism of chambers of commerce and associations, and formulate and implement international cooperation plans. They should actively coordinate with the implementation of consensus reached by the governments, and timely report the results and problems to the governments, to synergize the actions of the chambers of commerce and associations and the actions of the governments.

Xu Ningning finally stated that the “Belt and Road” Global Chambers of Commerce and Associations Conference is a wonderful platform for cooperation. This conference, which is organized by Peoples Daily Online and Global Times under the guidance of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and People’s Daily, should get more support of relevant parties and continue to be successfully held.


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