(Observation of the NPC and CPPCC) China seeks to build a new "gravitational field" to promote economic "full of vitality"

  China News Service, Beijing, March 6th, title: China seeks to build a new "gravity field" to promote the economy "everything is alive"

  China News Agency reporter Li Xiaoyu

  As one of the measures to promote consumption in an all-round way, "Cultivation and Construction of International Consumption Center City" was formally written into China's "14th Five-Year Plan" and the draft outline of 2035 long-term goals.

  At this time, China's efforts in international consumption centers are not only to boost consumption and promote economic recovery as soon as possible, but also to open up the domestic and international dual cycles and accelerate the construction of a new development pattern.

  Among the "troika" of investment, export, and consumption, China currently only has consumption that has not yet returned to its pre-epidemic level.

According to official data, the total retail sales of consumer goods in China in 2020 will drop by 3.9% from the previous year.

Considering that consumption has become the most important driving force of China's economy in recent years, accelerating the recovery of consumption is vital to the vitality of China's economy.

  Wei Jianguo, former vice minister of the Ministry of Commerce of China, said in an interview with a reporter from China News Agency that under the current circumstances, it is time for China to build an international consumer center city.

If 5-6 international consumption centers can be built in the future, it will not only vigorously expand consumption, promote exports, and promote greater development of transportation, logistics and other service industries, but it will also further increase its attractiveness to overseas investors and provide more external resources. Flow into China and form a powerful "gravitational field" that gathers global resource elements.

"This is a move that affects the whole body. It can make the economy "live all the time."

  In fact, at the beginning of this year, many places in China have already set off an upsurge of building international consumer centers.

According to incomplete statistics, more than 20 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Chongqing, and Xi'an, are preparing to build international consumption centers to promote consumption upgrades.

  So, what kind of city can become an "international consumption center"?

How far are Chinese cities from international consumption centers?

  According to Zhao Ping, vice president of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Research Institute, one of the distinctive features of international consumer centers is that they are highly internationalized, including the large scale of imports; there are many foreigners living there, and consumers including foreigners are willing to spend. Strong; diversified consumption channels, low cost, good experience, etc.

  Wei Jianguo said that international consumption centers usually have to meet several conditions: highly developed transportation, convenient connection with major cities at home and abroad; smooth logistics, leading cross-border e-commerce development; vast hinterland, strong supply of high-quality goods and well-known brands; Complete financial services and convenient payment; other related supporting facilities and services are complete.

  He said frankly that there is still a big gap between Chinese cities and major international consumer centers. For example, the service environment is not in place, transportation and logistics are not convenient enough, and the degree of trade facilitation is not high enough; the quality of service needs to be improved, and he can be skilled in dialogue with foreigners. Insufficient service personnel; product markings, packaging and other details have not fully catered for the needs of foreigners.

Narrowing these gaps needs to be done in many ways. It is a long-term process and cannot be accomplished overnight.

  Analysts believe that under this circumstance, China needs to do what it can to build an international consumption center city, and it must pay more attention to methods and methods.

  The most important thing is to have characteristics.

Relying on the characteristics of geographical location, history and culture, and increasing the supply of high-quality goods and services such as characteristic industries and well-known brands, these "unique" experiences can attract global consumers to "buy, buy, and buy."

  It is worth noting that in terms of making features, some places have already geared up.

For example, Shanghai proposes to strengthen the "first-launch economy", night economy, and brand economy, and build a number of smart shopping demonstration scenes and commercial consumption experience centers; Beijing plans to promote the expansion of health, elderly care, cultural tourism, sports and other service consumption; Guangdong plans to promote Build a batch of duty-free shops with local characteristics in the city.

  In addition, expanding opening up also needs to be promoted.

For a city to "sell the world" and "buy the world", it has a global influence, and a higher level of openness is indispensable.

Further relaxation of market access, removal of barriers that hinder the free flow of goods and services, and significant improvement of the level of trade facilitation are all areas that need to be worked hard in the future.