On 17 September 2023, the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), in collaboration with the Government of Fangchenggang City, Malaysia-China Business Council, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), and Eurasia International Cooperation Committee of China-Asian Economic Development Association (CAEDA), co-sponsored the 2023 Roundtable Conference on ASEAN-China Industrial Cooperation and “Two Countries, Twin Parks” Project Sharing in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. H.E. Secretary General Shi Zhongjun of the ACC, with leaders from Governments of Guangxi Province and Fangchenggang City attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the Conference. As an important event under the framework of the 20th China-ASEAN Expo, the conference attracted more than 400 representatives from government agencies, research institutes and enterprises from both ASEAN Member States (AMS) and China for in-depth exchange on strengthening cooperation of industrial parks.
Secretary General Shi Zhongjun stated at the opening session that “Two Countries, Twin Parks” is an innovative initiative for ASEAN and China to carry out capacity cooperation and is developing with strong momentum. However, there is still room for improvement. Both sides need to further promote the high-quality development of “Two Countries, Twin Parks”, so as to release greater potentials and make it an accelerator for strengthening supply and industrial chains between ASEAN and China.
At the opening ceremony, H.E Vice Chairman Zhang Xiaoqin of the Standing Committee of Guangxi People’s Congress called on all parties to uphold the concept of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, keep industrial, supply and value chains secure and smooth with institutional innovation, and promote Guangxi and other parts of the country to carry out industrial cooperation with AMS. H.E. Mayor Huang Jiang of Fangchenggang City introduced the city’s geographic advantages and related supporting policies in carrying out “Two Countries, Twin Parks” cooperation.
Representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam shared operation and development experience of existing industrial parks. Representatives of China’s local governments participated actively and expressed confidence on the promising future of “Two Countries, Twin Parks” projects.
In addition, a series of achievements were launched at the Conference. Government of Dongxing City signed the MOU with the People’s Committee of Mong Cai City of Vietnam. A project signing ceremony was also held to strengthen industrial cooperation between Fangchenggang City and AMS.