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The Ministry of Commerce has put forward that, this year, more cities will be added to the comprehensive pilot program for service sector opening in an orderly manner, and a number of pilot measures that fit the changing circumstances will be introduced. How about the progress now? What are the achievements and outcomes of the previous pilot programs?(2022-07-14)

The comprehensive pilot program on further opening up the service sector is an important arrangement made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council to promote high-level opening up. Up till now, seven years of continuous innovation and exploration have been carried out, forming a "1+4" demonstration pilot pattern in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hainan, Chongqing and other provinces and cities. Seven groups of 35 cases sharing experience have been rolled out to the whole country, including the opening up of industries, cultivation of new business forms, trade and investment facilitation, reforms of systems and mechanisms, which have accumulated experience and explored the path for the opening up of service sector nationwide. From January to May, 2022, the paid-in foreign investment in the service sector in the above pilot areas was USD23.1 billion, a year-on-year increase of 24.5%, accounting for 35.1% of the paid-in foreign investment in the service sector across the whole country. This has increasingly played a leading and exemplary role for the opening up and development of the service sector nationwide.

In April this year, in the keynote speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, President Xi Jinping proposed that China will add more cities to the comprehensive pilot program for service sector opening. This year's Report on the Work of the Government also set clear requirements for this. According to the decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, the Ministry of Commerce is promoting the work on adding more cities to the pilot program in an orderly manner, and working with relevant departments to study and put forward new pilot measures, expand high-level opening up, and improve the development level of the service sector. At the same time, we will continue to promote the pilot programs in the five existing provinces and cities, timely summarize innovation achievements, and replicate and apply them nationwide. Thank you.