"At present, there are three major railways under construction in Southeast Asia or have been included in the construction plan. This has a very large demand for steel. China's steel has the technical and financial advantages, and can consider 'going out' to ASEAN to set up factories. Overseas Chinese and overseas Chinese are willing to In the process, it is a bridge for Chinese enterprises.” Deng Lianghui, president of the Guangxi Association of Guangxi, recently said in an interview with the China News Agency reporter in Nanning.
From January 12 to 16, the Fifth Session of the 11th CPPCC National Committee of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region was held in Nanning. Deng Lianghui and many other ASEAN overseas Chinese leaders attended the meeting.
According to data released by the Southeast Asian Iron and Steel Association, since 2016, steel consumption in ASEAN countries has grown strongly. The demand for steel in Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia has exceeded expectations, and consumption has increased by more than 20% year-on-year. As the main importer of steel products in ASEAN countries, in the first three quarters of 2016, ASEAN imported 28.36 million tons of steel from China, a year-on-year increase of 20%.
"The China-Laos railway has been fully started. The construction of the railway, the construction of the station and some commercial real estate in the future require a lot of steel. Although Laos has some small-scale and overseas joint venture steel plants, most of them still need to rely on imports. Deng Lianghui said that for a long time, China's foreign aid infrastructure construction projects, technology and steel are basically exported from the country, and the transportation cost of materials is relatively high. “Instead of this, why are Chinese steel companies not considering setting up factories directly in ASEAN?”
Chen Hongbing, vice president of China Merchants Association of Small and Medium-sized Metallurgical Enterprises, also said in an interview with China News Service that China's current steel production capacity reached 1.25 billion tons and overcapacity. China will compress crude steel production capacity by 1-150 million tons in the next five years. “The economic development of the ASEAN region continues to improve and the demand for steel is huge. As China’s largest steel exporter, it is necessary for China and ASEAN to cooperate with the steel industry.”
Tang Jianxiang, president of the Guangxi Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, agreed. He said that at present Cambodia is pursuing the "Cambodia industrial development policy from 2015 to 2025, and China's steel enterprises should seize the opportunity to invest in ASEAN countries to set up factories." Overseas Chinese groups and Chinese overseas Chinese have been rooted overseas for many years, and they are interested in local social conditions. And the business environment system has a wealth of experience and unique understanding. When Chinese enterprises invest and set up factories overseas, Chinese overseas Chinese can become an important way to understand the situation of investment countries and play a role as a platform and medium. ”
Deng Lianghui also said that the ASEAN countries themselves have relatively rich iron ore resources. Chinese-funded steel companies invest in ASEAN, which can effectively use local resources and promote the development of the local steel industry. "As an overseas fellowship association and chamber of commerce, we can assist Chinese companies to do some preliminary work and research to help them further explore the investment environment."
Deng Lianghui believes that Guangxi itself has certain advantages in the steel, industrial manufacturing and automotive industries. “Southeast Asia is a large market with a population of 650 million, accounting for half of China's population. Guangxi related companies should take advantage of geography and actively cooperate with relevant industries in ASEAN countries.”
It is understood that in recent years, China's steel industry giants have stepped up their "going out" pace and went to Nigeria and other places to invest and set up factories. However, in the ASEAN countries, the pace of Chinese steel companies “going out” is slightly slower.
"China and Thailand have a natural advantage in cooperation in the steel field." Li Mingru, chairman of the Guangxi General Assembly of Thailand, who is attending the Guangxi Political Consultative Conference, said that the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand has been 41 years old. The geographical position and history of the two countries are closely related. And dealings. Now the Federation of Industry and Commerce of the Guangxi General Association of Thailand has begun to pay attention to the development of the steel industry. The staff of Guangxi Construction Engineering Group is also promoting this aspect. ”
For the prospect of cooperation in the Sino-Thai steel sector, Li Mingru believes that “the prospects are very optimistic and cooperation is just around the corner.” She suggested that Chinese entrepreneurs should go out more, increase interaction with overseas Chinese and overseas Chinese, and better understand the overseas investment environment and seek More business opportunities.