New Episode of the Mega Media Event in Tianjin The 1st Pilot FTZ in North China - Tianjin’s Role in "B&R"
TIANJIN, China, 10th August, 2017 (PROPELLER TV - Kun Dong, Yuchen Yang) – In the early morning of 10th Aug, the new episode of the International Culture Promotion Activities through all-media - “Mainstream Media from Countries along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road - Tianjin Tour" organized by China Radio International, China Public Diplomacy Association and Publicity Department of Tianjin Municipal Committee, China.
Propeller TV as the only invited mainstream TV media platform form the UK to attending series of activities. More than 20 other mainstream media from countries along the Maritime Silk Road, and some Chinese domestic media from other cities, like CRI, China.com, visited Tianjin Port, Dongjiang Bonded Port Area, the Administrative Approval Center of Tianjin FTZ’s Business District to get a glimpse of the urban construction and reform and opening-up in Tianjin. They also interviewed two companies engaged in the "B&R" construction and listened to the stories about starting business overseas.
Tianjin Port Pacific International Container Terminal is the first stop of the day, located at the southern tip of Tianjin East Port. Put into operation in 2007, the Container Terminal is the first development project and a symbolic project of this region as well. With a total investment of about 6.6 billion Yuan, it is jointly established by Tianjin Port Co., LTD and Singapore's PSA (PSA) .It has a frontage of about 2300 meters, land width of about 1 km, reserved water depth of 18 meters and designated annual throughput capacity is 4 million TEUs. Through applying Chinese terminal operating system (CTAOS), the terminal is the first one in China that is able to get real-time location position of all operation elements. The intellectual operation has improved the efficiency greatly.
At present, the Pacific International Container Terminal have established sound relationships with dozens of shipping companies including MAERSK, MSC, CMA, HPL, YML, MOL, K-LINE, NYK, EVERGREEN, IRISL, KMT, CK, HEUNG-A, etc. It has over 20 shipping lines Line such as 2 M Alliance’s Mediterranean Line, Europe Line, East America Line, West America Line, Northern Europe Line, and THE Alliance’s Europe Line, all of which are for foreign trade.
The next stop is Tianjin International Cruise Home Port. Tianjin International Cruise Home Port was put into service in 2010 and has boosted the incremental development of cruise tourism in north China. The past few years have witnessed the spike of cruises berthed in the Home Port, with 96 in 2015; 140 in 2016, a YOY increase of 50%; an expectation of 243 in 2017, a sharp YOY increase of 74%. Such renowned cruise players like Royal Caribbean International, Costa Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and MSC have strived to increase their presence in Tianjin. On account of the improvement of infrastructure, 3 cruises can berth at the Home Port at the same time, making it an important hub of cruises in northern China, especially in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
The interview team visited the Administrative Service Center of Central Business District of Tianjin FTZ as well, where the “speed of FTZ” was demonstrated vividly.
The Administrative Service Center lies inside the CSIC Building to Xiangluo Bay. Enterprises and individuals can have access to the professional services provided by over 30 butlers, resident personnel from government agencies including market supervision, tax bureau, Customs, inspection and quarantine, maritime affairs, foreign exchange and public security, and the experts of notarization, trademark, finance and legal affairs. The online registration and approval system researched and operated by the Administrative Center has been promoted in Binhai New Area and made Tianjin the forerunner of online approval. Various innovation measures of the Administrative Center have attracted other cities to follow suit, such as Kaifeng in Henan province, Zhuzhou in Hubei province and Changchun in Jilin province, thereby the new innovative approval mode of Yujiapu in Tianjin has gained popularity in China.
Before setting their feet on the land of China or even Tianjin, the mainstream media friends were wondering how the status of Tianjin enterprises’ development under the “B&R” strategy is and what the role of this port and pioneer city of opening-up is. Up to this April, over 1800 Tianjin enterprises have gone abroad. The interview team has already got the answer to their questions from yesterday’s interview of two enterprises.
Sino-Egypt TEDA Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone is known as the A-list project of China’s overseas economic and trade cooperation zones. The phase I of the zone has already taken effect from its foundation of 10 years ago to now. Nearly 70 enterprises were attracted to join in and it has introduced many large projects like Jushi Group, Mu Yang Group and XD Group. Its total investment stood at 1 billion US$ and has paid taxes of 780 million Egyptian pound to the Egypt government, creating 2000 jobs for the local people. Apparently “TEDA Mode”(ecological mode) originating from Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area is extremely successful in Egypt. The head of Tianjin TEDA Holding related that, “with the proceeding of the “B&R” Strategy, “TEDA Mode” has attracted lots of attentions from many countries and corporations. This mode has been applied in Mombasa Cooperation Zone and Djibouti Cooperation Zone in Kenya.” The International Cooperation Center of NDRC is actively promoting the “TEDA Mode” so as to facilitate an efficient construction of zones overseas.
Tianjin Tianlong Seeds S&T Co., Ltd specializes in the research and industrialization of new crop breed and deep process technology, and the production and distribution of crop seeds. It has undertaken many national and Tianjin’s key projects and established the strategic alliance of industry, technology and innovation for hybrid rice. So far, Tianlong has established partnership with over 40 overseas companies in US, France and Japan to push the “diplomacy of hybrid rice” forward.
Against the background of the continuous deepening of international cooperation under the framework of “B&R” Initiative, Tianjin enterprises have grasped the opportunity and actively expanded their relations with countries along the route. Tianjin stories like these are unfolding in different industries and fields.