On the afternoon of June 20, the South-Central Hebei Smart Port was visited by Fan Zhaobing, secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and executive deputy director of the Standing Committee of Hebei Provincial People’s Congress, and his delegation, together with Wang Lizhong, secretary and director of the Party Members’ Group of the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, and Si Cunxi, director of the Standing Committee of Shijiazhuang Municipal People’s Congress, accompanied by Chen Hongfeng, mayor of Gaoyi County, Wang Huiwu, director of the Standing Committee of the County People’s Congress, Pang Jiachen, member of the Standing Committee of the County Party Committee and minister of the Publicity Department, Liu Ruiling, Chairman of Yibo Holding Group, and Song Limin, Supervisor of Yibo.
Fan Zhaobing and his delegation first inspected the railway port operation area of the South-Central Hebei Smart Port to learn the railway business and cargo collection and distribution situation. On the same day, the 34th China-Europe freight train from the Smart Port departed for Moscow. With the sound of a train whistle, Fan Zhaobing and other leaders waved to the train and watched it leave the station. After that, Fan Zhaobing and his delegation went into the exhibition hall of the park, where Chairman Liu Ruiling introduced the operation of international freight express and construction of the smart port, and the leaders from Gaoyi County government reported the planning and layout of the smart port.
In the subsequent discussion, on behalf of the Gaoyi County Party Committee and County Government, Chen Hongfeng, with focuses on strengthening the South-Central Hebei Smart Port, made a comprehensive report on the project conceptual planning, project positioning, industrial layout, functional partitioning, integration of industry and city, etc. Chairman Liu Ruiling gave a detailed description on the market orientation, function orientation, bonded logistics, port construction, and integrated development with the free trade area. Fan Zhaobing highly affirmed the efforts made by Gaoyi County to vigorously develop modern business logistics and smart port which promotes the local economic and social development.
Fan Zhaobing said that the South-Central Hebei Smart Port is a display window and an important achievement of Hebei in regard to building “three areas and one base”and speeding up integration into “the Belt and Road”. The picture of smart port has entered the stage of detailed portraying from outlining. We will consolidate the existing achievements, rely on the functional platform of railway ports and focus on various trade distribution bases, and boost the integrated development of Hebei and overseas high-quality resources.
Fan Zhaobing stressed that Hebei cannot realize high-quality development without modern trade and logistics, which is a new growth pole. Relevant departments should earnestly implement the policies and measures to support the development of South-Central Hebei Smart Port, expand and strengthen international freight lines by careful planning and excellent management, make up for the shortcomings of Hebei modern logistics hub base, and further improve the level of opening up.
Fan Zhaobing demands that we should strengthen confidence in the project development, vigorously develop the inland port economy, grasp the law and direction of industrial development, and promote the interactive and integrated development of multiple industries; we should also further improve the project planning, deeply understand the significance of China-Europe Railway Express, build the project into an international inland port and modern logistics hub in Shijiazhuang, and make it a new highland of international industry and a new gateway for opening up; meanwhile we should emancipate the mind and learn advanced technology and experience. The provincial and municipal people’s congresses should focus on the construction of “three areas and one base”, organize relevant research, provide suggestions for decision-making of the government so as to support the healthy development of smart port.
The participants also exchanged views on market expansion, policy support and industrial positioning of the smart port, and put forward comments and suggestions for further upgrading the park planning.