China News Service, February 2 (Shao Wanyun, Zhongxin Finance and Economics) On the 2nd, the State Council Information Office held a press conference. The relevant person in charge of the Ministry of Commerce introduced the business operation in 2022 and the work priorities in 2023 at the meeting.

In 2023, the Ministry of Commerce has made arrangements in terms of expanding consumption, attracting foreign investment, and promoting trade.

Focus on key areas such as automobiles and home furnishing, and promote the introduction of a number of new policies

  In order to do a good job in the consumption work in 2023, Xu Xingfeng, director of the Department of Market Operation and Consumption Promotion of the Ministry of Commerce, said at the press conference that it is now based on the first quarter and focusing on the whole year to strengthen the overall planning of work. The main focus of the Ministry of Commerce is three aspects .

  The first is to continue to strengthen policy guidance.

Supervise and inspect the implementation of the policies that have been issued to ensure that the policies are implemented in place.

According to the new situation this year, we will focus on key areas such as automobiles and home furnishing, and promote the introduction of a number of new policies to maximize the effectiveness of the policies.

  The second is to plan key activities to stimulate market vitality.

We have established this year as the "2023 Consumption Boosting Year", taking this as the main line to coordinate and carry out nationwide consumption promotion activities.

  The third is to continue to optimize the platform carrier and continue to make efforts.

Deepen the construction of an international consumption center city, expand the protection role of smart stores and smart business circles, further enhance the convenience of life brought to everyone by the 15-minute convenient life circle, and increase high-quality supply through multiple channels.

In addition, county commercial construction is still one of the key points.

Chengdu International Auto Show.

Photo by Zhang Lang

  Xu Xingfeng said that automobiles are one of the "Four Diamonds" in consumption.

In the next step, the Ministry of Commerce will continue to stabilize and expand automobile consumption, focusing on four aspects: stabilizing new car consumption, carrying out various forms of automobile consumption promotion activities, and stabilizing the increase in new car consumption; supporting new energy vehicle consumption, and guiding local governments In terms of license plates, charging, traffic, etc., further optimize the use environment of new energy vehicles; continue to expand the circulation of second-hand cars, revitalize the stock market of 319 million cars through second-hand cars, and promote the consumption of automobiles; smooth the renewal of automobile scrapping, revise and improve the scrapping of motor vehicles Management regulations, improve the recycling system of scrapped motor vehicles, encourage qualified places to carry out the replacement of old cars with new ones, and promote the circular consumption of cars.

Fully support foreign trade enterprises to seize orders and expand markets

  Entering 2023, the global economic and trade situation will become extremely severe, and the downward pressure will increase significantly.

Li Xingqian, director of the Department of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Commerce, said at the press conference that the main contradiction in China's foreign trade field has changed from the blocked supply chain and insufficient ability to perform contracts last year to the current weak external demand and declining orders. This is an important change. .

The Ministry of Commerce has made it clear that it will give priority to strengthening trade promotion and close supply and purchase docking, and fully support foreign trade companies in grasping orders and expanding markets.

  Li Xingqian introduced that in 2023, the Ministry of Commerce will do four things well for foreign trade enterprises:

  First, restore the physical exhibition.

To promote the full resumption of offline exhibitions of domestic trade exhibitions, a series of key exhibitions such as the China International Import Expo, the Canton Fair, and the China International High-tech Achievements Fair that everyone is familiar with must be successfully held.

  Second, make good use of new formats.

Promote the further development of new formats such as cross-border e-commerce and overseas warehouses that have developed rapidly in recent years, make full use of digital means to tap trade potential, and drive small, medium and micro foreign trade enterprises to export.

  Third, discover new needs.

Give full play to the role of the economic and commercial institutions of embassies and consulates abroad, and assist local organizations to organize enterprises to carry out trade cooperation abroad.

We need to strengthen research on international market segments, share supply and demand information in various markets in a timely manner, and help companies obtain foreign trade orders in a timely manner.

  Fourth, support enterprises to "go out".

Provide more convenience for cross-border business exchanges of foreign trade enterprises, support enterprises to promote Chinese products, Chinese manufacturing, and Chinese brands in various ways, and support qualified places to expand the scale of overseas exhibitions.

Promoting the reasonable reduction of the negative list for foreign investment access

  Meng Huating, head of the Foreign Investment Management Department of the Ministry of Commerce, introduced that in 2022, with the joint efforts of all parties, the foreign investment work has achieved remarkable results, which also laid a good foundation for the foreign investment work in 2023.

At present, there are still many favorable factors for my country's absorption of foreign capital, mainly in four aspects: First, the prospect of China's economic growth is promising.

Second, the "magnetic attraction" of foreign capital in the Chinese market continues to increase.

Third, the policy superposition effect continues to emerge.

Fourth, cross-border exchanges are more convenient.

  Regarding the specific work measures for attracting and utilizing foreign capital more vigorously in 2023, Meng Huating introduced the three aspects of increasing the amount, stabilizing the stock, and improving the quality.

  In terms of expansion, the Ministry of Commerce will promote the reasonable reduction of the negative list for foreign investment access, and increase the opening up of the modern service industry.

Relying on major economic and trade exhibitions and various investment promotion mechanisms, support the combination of "going out" and "inviting in" in various regions to carry out investment promotion activities, and promote the construction of more landmark projects with foreign capital.

Aerial photography of the busy Shanghai Yangshan Deepwater Port.

Photo by Yin Liqin

  In terms of stable inventory, the Ministry of Commerce will continue to play the role of the foreign trade and foreign investment coordination mechanism for key foreign investment projects, strengthen regular exchanges with foreign-funded enterprises and foreign business associations, help solve difficulties encountered by enterprises, and implement national treatment for foreign-funded enterprises. Improve the cross-departmental coordination mechanism for complaints by foreign-funded enterprises at all levels, protect the rights and interests of foreign investment in accordance with the law, and allow existing foreign-funded enterprises to operate and develop well.

  In terms of quality improvement, the Ministry of Commerce will do a good job in publicizing, implementing and implementing a series of foreign investment policies, promoting the detailed supporting measures of various localities and relevant departments, and actively guiding foreign investment in advanced manufacturing, modern services, energy conservation and environmental protection, technological innovation and other fields, as well as central and western regions. and Northeast China, continue to increase investment in high-tech industries, and continuously improve the quality and level of investment.