Su Yan: expect the promising Foshan-Japan cooperation
Foshan and Japan, with a long history of good relations, steadily progress the economic and trade cooperation. Recently, Foshan News reporter interviewed Su Yan, director of the Foshan Municipal Bureau of Commerce, on questions such as what measures Foshan has taken to attract investment from Japan and what development opportunities Japanese-funded enterprises have in Foshan.
Su Yan, Director of Foshan Municipal Bureau of Commerce
On July 18th, the news 87 Japanese companies or groups transferred their production lines to Japan or Southeast Asia was reported. What is the situation of Japanese companies in Foshan? “The Japanese-funded enterprises in Foshan did not leave China as reported, but instead resolutely increased capital and expanded production in Foshan.”Su Yan, director of the Municipal Bureau of Commerce, said in an interview.
The exhibition hall of Aisin Seiki (Foshan) Body Parts Co., Ltd.
What measures Foshan has taken to attract investment from Japan?
Speaking of government services, the general manager of Foshan Xinming Textile Resin Co., Ltd. said, “The services provided by the government are excellent.” Taking his enterprise as an example, he said that enterprises could look for new factory buildings through the government. During the period of epidemic prevention and control, government departments also guided the work on site to help enterprises resume work and production.
All-round services come from a thorough working system. Su Yan emphasized that Foshan has been carrying out systematic and all-round work in optimizing its business environment and attracting the settlement and development of foreign-funded enterprises with a complete set of services.
What can enterprises get in choosing Foshan?
Foshan has a clear positioning in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which is creating “the manufacturing center on the west bank of the Pearl River”. Su Yan introduced that the biggest strengths of Foshan’s cooperation with Japan are the solid manufacturing foundation and industrial supporting capacity.
After years of work on introducing Japanese investment, Foshan has established an efficient and impeccable working system for attracting Japanese investment, explored a set of effective working methods, and set up a talent team comprehending Japanese, Japan and investment. Japanese enterprises can get mature and all-round services and reduce opportunity costs greatly after they settle in Foshan.
How can Foshan better attract Japanese enterprises?
The first step is to improve the administrative service level. On one hand, the intensity of policies and services will be strengthened continuously as Foshan is revising and improving policies and measures and keeps providing supports and convenience in terms of land use, talent introduction, financing, tax administration, scientific and technological research and development, and investment process to offer foreign-funded enterprises better development opportunities.
Secondly, the soft power of the city ought to be improved. In recent years, Foshan has focused on implementing urban upgrading projects and saw a rapid development of urban supporting facilities closely related to people’s daily life such as transportation, education, medical care, residence, tourism and entertainment.
Photo by Liang Bin
Through the “Greater Bay Area Pole, Foshan Smart Manufacturing”------2020 Investment Briefing of Japanese companies entering the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Foshan), Su Yan expects to share the reasons of loving Foshan, present the charm of Foshan, and the promising Foshan-Japan cooperation through this event.