icts appear to have a religious or ethnic basis, some scholars believe their root cause may be economic, with ethnic divisio
s serving as a way to exclude other groups from access to scarce resources and opportunities. Whatever its so
urce, inequality of opportunity has a highly disruptive effect on governance and hence growth.
But these obstacles are not insurmountable. For one th
ing, developing countries now have huge potential export markets in middle-inc
ome countries, and no longer depend entirely on advanced economies for access to global markets.
There is also a renewed awareness of the importance of infrastructure in e
nabling growth. In addition to roads, railways and ports, electricity and digital conn
ectivity are crucial. In this regard, the rapid expansion of cellular wireless technology, combined with the install
ation of high-capacity undersea broadband pipes around Africa, represents major prog
e charge of the task, according to the decree signed by Premier Li Keqiang.
All government services, unless otherwise specified by laws and regulations or involving state secrets, shall
be processed online in line with the procedures determined by the State Council, the decree noted.
Government service providers must not require enterprises or ind
ividuals to submit information that is already acces
sible through information sharing. Neither are they allo
wed to put the submitted information to other uses.
The decree also confirms the legal validity of electronic signatures, seals, certificates and archives.
The decree came into effect the day it was made public.
mote the reform and opening-up. There are many things in the pipeline for foreign direct i
nvestment. The government plans to allow many companies in different kinds of sectors. In this
upcoming session, the new law regarding foreign direct investment will be discussed. I believe more Sudanese co
mpanies will be allowed to come to China and more Chinese companies will go to Sudan.
I noticed many important things mentioned in today’s report. It talk
s about employment, the protection of the environment, the opening-up of the Chin
ese economy and external trade, which are very impressive. As an ambassador, I wish success to the Chin
ese government in the coming year and I’d like to see more Chinese investors invest in Tunisia.
When it comes to the opening-up of the financial sector, the bond mark
et, the development of multi-tier capital market, the continued emphasis on controlling lev
erage, I think those are some of the issues that we are very interested in. And we are going to study the report.
We haven’t seen the final version of the Foreign Investment Law yet. We
will look at it. But further opening up, especially related to service sector, is very imp
ortant. I think it will bring big benefits for China and big benefits to all the countries in the world.
In Pyongyang, Biegun and Kim Hyok Chol, DPRK’s special representative for US affairs, discussed “advancing Trump and Kim’s
Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearization, transforming US-(DPRK)
relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula,” the US State Department said in a statement.
Trump and Kim met for their first summit in Singapore last June, during which Kim pledged to work toward the “co
mplete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, without providing a clear timetable or roadmap.
US-led diplomacy aimed at getting the DPRK to abandon its nuclear program in return for outside concessions has since made little headway.
Calling the AU a banner that unites the African countries to pursue self-renewal, Xi praised th
e integration process of the continent and the great headway made since last year under the guidance of the organization.
African countries continue to speak with a united voice on important internatio
nal and regional issues, and the international influence of the continent keeps rising,