Shandong and the Ministry of Commerce （MOC）signed a province-ministry cooperation agreement in Beijing on September 20th, 2018. Liu Jiayi, Secretary of the CPC Shandong Committee, and Gong Zheng, Governor of Shandong Province, held a talk and attended the signing ceremony with Zhong Shan, Secretary of the Party Group and Minister of the MOC.
On behalf of Shandong Provincial Party committee and Shandong Provincial Government, Liu Jiayi thanked the MOC for its long-term care and support for Shandong's work. He said that MOC has provided great help to the construction of the comprehensive test area of the shit of development driving forces, the development of international trade, the exploitation of international market and so on.
At present, Shandong is firmly fulfilling the new development philosophy, accelerating the transformation in the mode of economic development, creating a Qilu model for rural revitalization, developing marine economy, building a new highland of opening up, constructing a demonstration zone of China-SCO regional economic and trade cooperation, promoting the economic transformation and upgrading via expanding opening up, and improving the high-level development of economy.
Zhong Shan said that Shandong has always been the pioneer in China’s open economy with most of the indicators ranking in the frontline nationwide. Especially since last year, Shandong has held the provincial open economy development conference and working conference on investment introduction and talent attraction, and released 20 suggestions for a new round of high-level opening-up so as to promote the development of open economy to a new stage. MOC will fully implement the decisions and deployments of the 19th CPC national congress on promoting the formation of a new pattern of comprehensive opening-up and further strengthen the cooperation with Shandong to push for a new breakthrough in Shandong’s opening-up.
On behalf of the two parties, Zhong Shan and Gong Zheng signed a framework agreement on establishing a cooperative mechanism between MOC and Shandong. According to the agreement, MOC will give Shandong strong supports in terms of the transformation of old and new driving forces, building a new highland of opening up, cultivating new competitive advantages in foreign trade and innovative development of domestic trade.
Wang Qingxian, Ren airong and She Chunming, officials of Shandong, also attended the ceremony.