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China Launches Three-Year Campaign for Promoting E-Commerce Growth

The National Development and Reform Commission, the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce recently issued the Working System of the Ministerial Working Group for Comprehensive Collaboration in Promoting Development of E-Commerce and the Implementation Plan of the Three-Year Campaign for Promoting Development of E-Commerce (2016-2018) to accelerate and improve the working mechanism for inter-departmental collaboration in e-commerce.

The 13th Five-Year Plan for Development of E-Commerce issued by the Ministry of Commerce not long ago gives e-commerce services the target of achieving both economic growth and social development for the first time. The three development targets for China’s e-commerce market by 2020 are: e-commerce transaction value of RMB40 trillion, online retail sales value of RMB10 trillion, and a workforce of 50 million people.

As an important measure for implementing the 13th Five-Year Plan for Development of E-Commerce, the Implementation Plan (2016-2018) will help complete five major tasks, namely accelerating the enhancement and upgrading of e-commerce during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), promoting the deep integration of e-commerce and traditional industries, developing the e-commerce market for factors of production, improving the e-commerce system for consumer services, and optimising the environment for the governance of e-commerce.

The Implementation Plan (2016-2018) points out that the five major tasks cover special campaigns for infrastructure construction, innovation and development, promotion of regional development, the further liberalisation and the building of policy system for the development of e-commerce.

For cross-border e-commerce, the Implementation Plan (2016-2018) puts forward the tasks of accelerating the speed of integrated customs clearance, promoting the building of a “single window” integrated service system for customs, inspection and quarantine, payment, tracking and taxation, and raising the efficiency of integrated customs clearance services. For rural e-commerce, it puts forward the tasks of giving support to new business formats, such as farming and forestry with special characteristics and e-commerce specialised in agricultural production inputs, improving the environment for development of rural e-commerce, and increasing the competence of the rural sector in adopting e-commerce.

For further details in Chinese, please see:

Working System of the Ministerial Working Group for Comprehensive Collaboration in Promoting Development of E-Commerce

Implementation Plan of the Three-Year Campaign for Promoting Development of E-Commerce (2016-2018) 

13th Five-Year Plan for Development of E-Commerce

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