Procedures streamlined for business

Via China Daily

Yiwu in Zhejiang province has initiated the No More Than One Trip campaign to streamline administrative approval procedures and provide convenience for business owners in business registration. [Photo by Gong Xianming / For China Daily]

More than 17.6 million new enterprises registered in first nine months of year

China will continue to improve the ease of doing business, said a senior finance official on Friday.

“We will further streamline procedures, reducing time and costs,” Yu Weiping, vice-minister of finance, said at a news conference.

“We will also vigorously push forward legal construction to improve the business environment,” he said.

China’s overall ranking in the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2020 study surged to the 31st spot this year, from 46th a year ago and 78th in 2017.

In recent years the country has taken bold measures, such as easing the setting up of businesses, tax reductions, the protection of intellectual property and the expansion of market entry, to encourage investment from domestic and foreign enterprises.

The number of newly registered enterprises in the first nine months exceeded 17.6 million, up by 13.1 percent year-on-year, Yu said.

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, approved a regulation on Wednesday to further improve the country’s business environment and open up its economy.

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange, meanwhile, will also take measures to improve foreign exchange management to promote cross-border trade and investment.

Wang Chunying, spokesperson and chief economist of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, said on Friday that the administration will implement 12 measures to facilitate cross-border trade and investment in an effort to deepen the reforms to streamline administration and optimize government services, as part of the country’s supply-side structural reform in the financial sector.

According to the new measures, China will expand the pilot reform of foreign exchange receipt and payment facilitation for trade from Shanghai, Zhejiang province and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to other regions.

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The administration will also simplify the procedure of receipts and payments for trade in goods for small cross-border e-commerce companies whose volume of trade in goods is below $2 billion. It is estimated that this new measure will benefit over 95 percent of the crossborder e-commerce corporate clients of payment institutions.

In terms of cross-border investment and financing facilitation, the administration will allow foreign non-investment enterprises to carry out domestic equity investment with their own capital.