Many countries are badly in need of anti-COVID-19 supplies as the pandemic is spreading fast overseas. What will the Chinese government do to enhance international efforts to combat the pandemic? Thank you.
Thank you for your question. As COVID-19 is spreading fast worldwide, we understand that more and more countries are facing severe challenges because we have been there. A virus knows no borders. Living in a community with a shared future, no one can be spared from the pandemic. The international community should cooperate and fight as one. So far, the disease prevention and control situation in China has continued to improve, but the task is still arduous as the country is accelerating its pace in resuming work, production and education. While satisfying domestic demand, many Chinese enterprises are overcoming various difficulties and working day and night to produce as many anti-epidemic materials as possible to help the global fight against COVID-19.
Following the deployments of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, and to promote international cooperation on pandemic prevention and control — as well as play our role as a responsible major country in the world — the Ministry of Commerce has worked together with other relevant departments to address the bottlenecks in satisfying international demands, the supply of medical materials, logistics and transportation, and customs clearance and authentication standards. At the same time, we will strengthen supervision over the quality of exports and expand the exportof medical supplies in an orderly way. As of April 4, 54 countries and regions, as well as three international organizations, had signed commercial procurement contracts with Chinese enterprises for medical supplies. Moreover, 74 countries and 10 international organizations are conducting procurement negotiations with Chinese companies.
Going forward, our priorities will include two aspects. First, we will accelerate the export of more medical supplies needed by the international community. Second, we will tighten quality control and ensure market order to contribute to the joint fight against the pandemic and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. Thank you.