Yiwu upgrades Foreign Citizen Card
发布日期:2021-04-07 浏览次数:

Businessman Al-Jawfi Arsalan Hussein Ali from Yemen visited the Yiwu Rural Commercial Bank on March 31 and applied for a new version of the popular Foreign Citizen Card, after filling out and submitting the paperwork.



3月31日下午,也门商人阿萨兰•阿里赶到义乌农商银行,填写资料后申领了一张新版“外籍商友卡”。


"I have been doing business in Yiwu for 17 years and I am one of the first group of foreign businessmen to apply for the card. It is very easy to use," he said.


Ali said that the latest Foreign Citizen Card has expanded functions as a bank card, which allows foreign businessmen to make care-free financial payments in Yiwu – the county-level city in East China's Zhejiang province. 


The Yemeni businessman rushed to the bank immediately after being told he could apply for the card.



“我在义乌做生意已有17年,是最早申领‘外籍商友卡’的外商之一,用起来很方便。” 阿萨兰•阿里说,新版“外籍商友卡”增加了银行卡功能,可以让外商在义乌实现金融无障碍支付,他听说可以申领后立即赶到银行办理。

Yiwu reportedly has trade contacts with a total of 233 countries and regions in the world, with about 15,000 foreign businessmen resident in the city each year. In 2016, in a bid to meet their needs for business services, Yiwu issued its Foreign Citizen Card, an innovation in China.



据介绍,义乌与全球233个国家和地区有贸易往来,每年约有1.5万名外商常驻。2016年,为进一步提升外商服务需求,义乌在全国首创发放“外籍商友卡”。


Nowadays, when foreigners buy things in the markets with the card, the sellers can scan the QR code on the card using the Yixingou applet, which instantly verifies the businessman's credit status and enhances mutual trust between the two trading parties. 



如今,外商持商友卡到市场采购,市场商户通过“义信购”小程序扫一扫卡上的二维码,可以实现外商信用查询和信用互评,提升贸易双方的互信度。


At present, the Foreign Citizen Card is being used with 15 transaction scenarios involving 12 city departments in Yiwu. For example, in terms of their daily lives, it can be used when they take buses, rent bicycles, borrow books from libraries, make small payments, park in the city and seek medical treatment. 


Meanwhile, it helps foreign businessmen apply to register foreign-funded enterprises, put overseas purchases on record, open individual foreign exchange settlement accounts and market credit procurements – smoothing things over for expat businessmen to engage in international trade and other activities in Yiwu. 



目前,“外籍商友卡”已实现了义乌12个部门实现15个场景应用。如生活领域具备乘坐公交车、租赁自行车、图书馆借阅、小额支付、城市泊车、就医等多项市民卡功能;同时,在外商申请外资企业登记、境外采购商备案、开立个人外汇结算账户、市场信用采购等方面提供便,方便外商在义乌从事国际贸易活动。


To date, Yiwu has processed more than 230,000 Foreign Citizen Cards in total, including 38,000 physical ones. "This upgrade increases the financial services function and the business functions of major banks can be realized, to meet the demands of foreign merchants in Yiwu for procurements, remittances and payments," said a senior official in the Yiwu Free Trade Zone.



截至目前,义乌已累计办理“外籍商友卡”23万余张,其中包括实体卡3.8万张。“这一次升级,增加了金融服务功能,主要银行的业务功能都能实现,满足了外商在义乌的采购、汇款、支付等需求。”义乌市自贸区人员专班相关负责人表示。





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