“I always say that we should follow our government, observe the world and invest ourselves into our own business. That means firstly we should listen and understand carefully what the government is talking about then acquire experience and learn lessons from excellent enterprises and multinational companies in developed countries of Europe and United States. Finally, based on national conditions, industry and business situation and the reality of our own enterprise, we should make our best to do our own jobs. We can extend this into "three beliefs”: believe the CPC central committee, believe the impact of the market mechanism and believe the power of China's excellent traditional culture. Thank you very much!”
Chairman Nan Q&A in SCIO Press Conference
On Nov. 21, 2018, the State Council Information Office of China (SCIO) invited four private entrepreneurs to meet journalists and answer questions on “China's Reform and OpeningUp and the Development of Private Economy”. The entrepreneurs are Nan Cunhui,chairman and founder of CHINT Group, Zhou Haijiang, board chairman and CEO of Hodo Group, Liu Yonghao, chairman of leading agribusiness company New Hope Group, Lei Jun,founder and CEO of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp.
In the opening self-introduction, Nan said, “I am from Wenzhou, Zhejiang, the birthplace of China’s private economy. As a shoemaker who dropped out of school at 13 years old,starting from a rural township workshop to one of China's outstanding private enterprises, I have worked for 43 years and witnessed China's 40 years of Reform and Opening-up.Reform and Opening-up have made China's private economy, CHINT and my success. Weare witnesses, participants and the biggest beneficiaries of Reform and Opening-up. I amgrateful for this great era!”
Later, he and the other three entrepreneurs answered questions from Chinese and foreign journalists. The following is an excerpt of Nan Cunhui's remarks at the meeting.
How to value the current effect of private economy in China’s economic development?
What role will private economy play in the future?
Playing an important role in China's economic and social development, private economy has brought a lot of job opportunities, improved national innovation capacity, helped to establish the market economy system as well as the modern enterprise management system. It has also promoted the progress of social contract spirit as well as rule and consciousness. Small in size but large in number, private enterprises can better solve the problem of employment while playing the role of social stabilizers. Also, the mechanism of private enterprises is flexible and responsive especially when facing fierce market competition. Private economy and private enterprises can be considered as "fresh force”.When innovation is becoming an important driving force for China's high-quality economic development, the private economy which contributes more than 70% to technological innovation, will surely continue to play an important role in the future.
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Recently, many people have been talking about the problem of "the state advances while the private retreats". In one hand, the President Xi Jinping has proposed that stateowned enterprises should be strong; in the other hand, the government is promoting the importance of private enterprises. What do you think of this problem?
In undertaking major projects and maintaining overall stability and development, stateowned enterprises are the cornerstone of the real economy with large scale and strong strength. In addition, the return cycle on major projects investment is long. For example,China's high-speed railway construction projects require a return on investment of 30 to 40 years. This is why state-owned enterprises play an important role. Today, two high-speed railways in Zhejiang are made by private enterprises in PPP mode. Private enterprises should invest together with state-owned enterprises for common development.
The party and government have been constantly emphasizing and reiterating the “Two Unswervingly” policy: unswervingly consolidate and develop the public sector of the economy and unswervingly encourage, support and guide the development of the nonpublic sector of the economy. In 2003, President Xi, governor of Zhejiang province at that time, wrote a letter of congratulations to CHINT. CHINT actively responded to the call of provincial party committee to build an advanced international electrical appliance manufacturing base. In the letter, President Xi expressed that the private economy is Zhejiang's brand, the pioneer of Reform and Opening-up as well as the vitality of the province. The letter from president Xi has not only given us confidence in development but also encouraged us to seized market opportunities.
What’s your opinion about the legal protection of private entrepreneurs?
The legal system construction is the most concerned question in all walks of life, including the private entrepreneurs ourselves.
With economic development and social progress, our national laws and regulations have been constantly improving. In the past, there were some imperfections and we had concerns and requirements on this subject. But the state and relevant departments have been actively and constantly promoting and improving them. At the symposium of private entrepreneurs held on November 1, President Xi Jinping once again stressed on the six measures to protect the personal and property safety of private entrepreneurs which reassured the private entrepreneurs. The state and relevant departments have actively promoted and made great progress in improving legal protection.