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Fujian works hard to help foreign firms resume operations

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-04-13


Chartered buses carry migrant workers returning to work in Fuzhou, East China's Fujian province on March 26. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Although the COVID-19 outbreak has hugely impacted its economy, East China's Fujian province is gradually reviving economic activity and taking measures to create a better business environment and more development opportunities for foreign enterprises, local media reported on April 12.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Fujian has released a string of innovative measures to attract foreign investment and stabilize economic development, such as cloud signing.

The provincial department of commerce also launched a bilingual mobile app to promote Fujian's business climate, investment projects and favorable policies for investors.

As of April 2, Fujian had announced 267 key investment projects with a total investment of 382.2 billion yuan ($54.25 billion) through online platforms, and attracted 3,171 investors from home and abroad through phone calls, video calls and emails.

A total of 606 online matchmaking activities have been held and 54 online signing activities organized, with 76 key foreign-funded projects signed online, bringing in a total investment of more than 51 billion yuan.

Local governments at all levels in the province have taken measures to ensure smooth work resumption.

The Fuzhou government brought employees back to work on chartered bus and trains. Gaoyi Group, an electric equipment distributor in Fuzhou, has 5,000 employees, more than 80 percent of whom have returned to work. Most of the company's migrant workers returned to work on chartered flights, trains and buses arranged by the government.

Governments in Putian and Quanzhou offered urgently-needed medical supplies to enterprises, including face masks and temperature guns, in an effort to ensure the resumption of work and production.

Statistics showed that most industries in Fujian have been gradually resuming operations, with 100 percent of foreign-funded enterprises above designated size in the province having resumed production as of April 6.

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