On July 20, the launching ceremony for the Beijing Information Center for International Economy and Trade (hereinafter referred to as the BJICET or the Center) was held at Capital Library of China. The ceremony was graced by the presence of leaders including Zhao Zhen'ge (director, Dept. of International Affairs, China Chamber of International Commerce), Pang Wei (deputy director-general, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture), Zhang Gang (deputy director, CCPIT Beijing & president, Beijing Academy of International Economy and Trade), Jin Shan (assistant to secretary-general, China Association of International Trade), and Xiao Weiping (party secretary, Capital Library of China). Also present in the event were leaders from such entities as International Business Daily, China Trade News, China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT), China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Light Industrial Products and Arts-Crafts (CCCLA), Beijing International Economic and Technical Cooperation Association, Beijing Association for Import & Export Enterprises, Capital Intellectual Property Services Association, China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME), Beijing Association for Trade in Services (BAFTS), Beijing Association of Sourcing Service (BASS), and Beijing International Convention & Exhibition Industry Association.
The BJICET represents a specialized public information service platform. Geared to Beijing's export-oriented economy, it is co-built by CCPIT Beijing and the Capital Library of China by sharing their resources and drawing on each other's advantages. The Center aims to advance the One Belt and One Road (B&R) Initiative, making foreign economy and trade knowledge publicly accessible, providing public services for Beijing-based companies to reach the world, and creating an exchange platform for international economy and trade researchers. As China's first specialized public information center jointly built by a trade promotion agency and a provincial-level library, the BJICET will popularize international economy and trade rules, provide inquiry and borrowing of professional literature, and advise on the practice of international economy and trade policies, by bringing together information, holding public lectures and exchange activities, and by providing online & offline consultancy. The Center is located at the Economic Literature Area on 4F, Building B, the Capital Library (website:www.bjicet.cn).
At the ceremony, Zhang Gang stated the original purpose of the BJICET project as well as preparations and progress in this regard. "So far, everything is going well with the BJICET project, thanks to the great support from leaders at all levels, people from all walks of life, and the entire staff working on the project," he noted. CCPIT Beijing, playing to its strengths in international economy and trade, extensively mobilizes its sister chambers and associations to donate relevant professional books and journals to beef up the collection. The Capital Library, on the other hand, provides the site, library management, and borrowing services, making it better serve the public. Both sides wish to use the Center as a platform to advance the B&R Initiative, and to intellectually equip and guide enterprises in "going global", thus making them more competent on the global arena.
Xiao Weiping detailed the specific functions and roles of the Center. Zhao Zhen'ge and Jin Shan laid out the functions and business of the China National Committee of Chamber of International Commerce and China Association of International Trade, respectively. Both said they would be proactive in the construction of the Center. In his remark, Pang Wei spoke highly of the BJICET project and pinned high hopes on its future.
Zhang Gang and Xiao Weiping, respectively on behalf of CCPIT Beijing Sub-council and the Library Capital of China, signed the Agreement on Co-building the Beijing Information Center for International Economy and Trade. Leaders including Pang Wei, Zhang Gang, and Xiao Weiping inaugurated the Center. China Chamber of International Commerce and Capital Intellectual Property Services Association each donated more than 100 professional books to the Center.
After the ceremony, leaders were shown around the Public Reading Area and the Professional Exchange & Consulting Room of the Center.