ACC, Chinese envoy discuss increased trade cooperation

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AMMAN — The board of directors of the Amman Chamber of Commerce (ACC) discussed with Chinese Ambassador Chen Chuandong obstacles facing Jordanian businessmen with trade ties to the East Asian country, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

According to an ACC statement Saturday, discussions focused on ways to facilitate granting visas to Jordanian traders visiting China, and the need to launch coordination and cooperation with the Chinese embassy’s economic and commercial section in this regard.

ACC Chairman Khalil Haj Tawfiq asserted the need to continue joint contacts to facilitate trade and promote China’s trade and investment opportunities in Jordan. He called for organizing a Chinese economic delegation’s visit to the Kingdom.

He pointed to the need to reorganize the permanent Chinese products fair in Jordan, which was suspended under restrictions in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. He said that would serve importers and the commercial sector in Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, which contributes to making the Kingdom a trade destination for the region’s countries.

In this regard, Hajj Tawfiq affirmed that the ACC’s readiness to cooperate with the Chinese authorities to hold the fair as soon as possible.

He also pointed to the need to diversify the base of China’s commodity imports from Jordan, which contributes to reducing the apparent deficit in the trade balance between the two countries.

The Kingdom’s imports from China amounted to about JD2.2 billion during 2021, compared to JD72 million in exports in the same year.

Chen said his country’s embassy will announce on its official website new regulations approved by the Chinese government which will facilitate visa requirements to Jordanian business people.

In this regard, he said the requirement of an official Chinese government invitation to obtain a visit visa is scrapped and is replaced by a Chinese partner’s invitation to Jordanian traders.

The envoy also said China will recognize COVID-19 test results issued for Jordanian travelers to China by accredited medical labs in the Kingdom. He referred to the possibility of reducing the institutional quarantine period after arrival from 14 to seven and three days in the hotel as a first step towards China’s gradual resumption to contacts with the world.

As for the stay period in China, he said it depends on the visit’s goals and the number of trips allowed, pointing to availability of regular flights on multiple airlines, especially from Dubai, Istanbul and Cairo directly to China, in addition to some European airports.

The envoy also said the Chinese embassy’s economic and commercial section will cooperate with the ACC to facilitate procedures to obtain a visa by granting letters of recommendation to its members interested in traveling to China to pursue their businesses.

The Chinese government will exert efforts with state-owned freight companies to reduce their fees to help exporters cover the operational costs, and remove obstacles facing the shipping movement to and from China, according to Ambassador Chen.

“China welcomes importing more Jordanian products and increasing Chinese investments in the Kingdom, as it views the Kingdom a gateway to the markets of nearby Arab countries.”

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