Wednesday, March 06 09:05:35
China's outbound investment is expected to grow by 15 percent this year, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the National Development and Reform Commission. The nation's top economic planning agency said China will "adopt a more proactive opening-up policy this year". China's outbound direct investment in the non-financial sector, which grew 30 percent year-on-year in 2012, is expected to increase by 15 percent this year to $88.7 billion, it said.
The forecast came the same day as Premier Wen Jiabao said in his annual Government Work Report that China will continue to encourage domestic companies to invest overseas, exploring new room for economic growth. And it also came as Chen Jian, vice-minister of commerce who is in charge of China's overseas investment cooperation, said in an interview with China Daily that the nation's outbound direct investment will maintain fast growth in the long term, and will see double-digit growth this year according to China Daily.
China will "support and guide all types of enterprises to conduct investment cooperation abroad", said the commission's report. And the nation will also "improve relevant rules and regulations, providing Chinese investors more information about specific industries and the target nations and regions, perfecting relevant guidelines", it said.
China's outbound direct investment has continued to grow over the past five years despite the slide in global foreign direct investment, making the country the world's sixth-largest investing nation in 2011. "It's high time that Chinese companies invest abroad, as they are more capable and more motivated to expand sales networks and enhance branding through boosting their overseas presence," said Li Jinzhang, Chinese ambassador to Brazil.
Brazil will be a key target destination for Chinese investment, he said. According to Li, China is now an important source of investment in Brazil, seeing explosive growth in the Latin American nation in recent years.