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Foreign firms show interest in Jiangsu FTZ

East China’s Jiangsu Province has shown increasing appeal to foreign investors in less than half a year after it was established as a pilot free trade zone.

Since its founding in last September, the Suzhou area of the Jiangsu pilot FTZ has seen contracted foreign investment reach US$646 million.

Johnson & Johnson, a leading American healthcare enterprise, established a branch in Jiangsu’s Suzhou Industrial Park, part of the Suzhou area of Jiangsu pilot FTZ, in 2006.

“The good infrastructure, high-tech talents and abundant resources, as well as the efficient domestic and international logistic channel in the SIP, led us to settle here,” said Theerayoot Aiemtheerakul, general manager of Johnson & Johnson Medical (Suzhou) Ltd.

“We are committed to serving the Chinese market better and faster. We believe the future is promising, given the advantages and opportunities the FTZ may bring,” said Theerayoot Aiemtheerakul.

As a vital part of the province’s pilot FTZ, the SIP is a flagship project jointly constructed by the governments of China and Singapore from 1994 in the city of Suzhou.

Software development

Japanese enterprise Transcosmos opened a base in the SIP, mainly engaging in software development. In 2019, the company registered a sales revenue of about 80 million yuan and the number is expected to climb up to 100 million yuan by the end of 2020.

“We feel satisfied with the favorable business environment provided by the local government which has released a series of policies to ease the administrative approvals and lower our costs,” said Zhang Mingliang, general manager of the Suzhou Transcosmos Information Creative Ltd.

The Suzhou area of the Jiangsu pilot FTZ will set up financial funds totaling 12 billion yuan, which will provide up to 66 million yuan for newly introduced financial institution headquarters for the use of start-up capital, office construction and talent introduction.

The move aims to bring in three corporate financial institutions and 30 functional headquarters of financial institutions, and promote the landing of 300 high-quality scientific and technological innovation projects, said Liu Xiaomei, deputy director of the SIP Administrative Committee.


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