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Public legal service center to open in Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone

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Updated: 2018-04-17

The opening ceremony of the first public legal service center in the China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone was held at the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics Park on April 15. The Belt and Road Connection Mediation Commission and the Belt and Road International Commercial Mediation Center set up their offices in the park.

Public legal service center to open in Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone

The opening ceremony of the first public legal service center in the Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone [Photo/itl.gov.cn]

Jiang Huiling, director of the China Institute of Applied Jurisprudence of the Supreme People's Court (SPC), Wang Li, director of the Belt and Road International Commercial Mediation Center, Li Pingwei, deputy secretary of the Party Working Committee of the Xi'an ITL Park, and representatives from various government offices and chambers of commerce attended the ceremony.

The Belt and Road Connection Mediation Commission integrates international resources and provides "one-stop" services including financing, insurance, legal affairs, financial affairs counseling, risk prevention and conflict resolution for enterprises in China and countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, with close liaison with domestic and foreign institutions. Its office in Xi'an will provide comprehensive services for companies that go global.

The Belt and Road International Commercial Mediation Center, established in October 2016, is approved by the SPC's judicial reform office. The mediation center appoints 160 mediators from different countries and offers mediation services both online and offline. The mediation center has already provided this service in cities in 20 countries in Western Europe, Southeastern Asia and Middle Asia.

The center is an independent and neutral legal service platform offering great convenience to companies involved in conflict resolution in starting the mediation, choosing the mediator and reaching final agreement. It brings about timely resolution of disputes and protects the legitimate rights and interests of companies, providing an indispensable legal service.

Public legal service center to open in Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone

The nameplate of the Belt and Road International Commercial Mediation Center is unveiled. [Photo/itl.gov.cn]

According to Wang Li, the facility is aimed at resolving trade disputes through mediation and serving the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. Its legitimacy and neutrality has been recognized by the international community and it has a cooperative relationship with institutions in more than 60 countries.

Public legal service center to open in Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone

Representatives from various government offices and chambers of commerce attend the ceremony. [Photo/itl.gov.cn]

Li Pingwei, said that disputes in international commercial activities are unavoidable and they need to be resolved in a lawful and efficient manner. The mediation center will greatly improve the efficiency of resolving international commercial disputes in the Belt and Road Initiative, attract more high value-added companies in import and export, science and technology and Internet industries to settle in the park and promote further cooperation between Shaanxi province and countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Since its establishment on April 1, 2017, the China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone has adopted a series of measures, especially in its legal construction. On Feb 24, the Xi'an Intellectual Property Court was established in the park. The introduction of services through the mediation center will further improve the public legal service system and contribute to the development of the free trade zone.

Public legal service center to open in Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone

2018-04-17

The opening ceremony of the first public legal service center in the Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone was held at the Xi’an International Trade&Logistics Park on April 15.

Xi'an ITL Park: active part of China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone

2018-04-12

The Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park is an integral part of the China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone, founded on April 1, 2017.

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