Long Yongtu | International Capital Conference

15th & 21st June 2021 


Long Yongtu

Position: Co-Chairman, ICC; Former Vice Minister of Commerce, China; Former Secretary General, Boao Forum for Asia

Mr Long received his BA Degree in British and American Literature in the Guizhou University in 1965 and did his post graduate study in economics at the London School of Economics from 1973 to 1974.

He joined the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC) in 1965 and served as a diplomat in the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations in New York from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1986, he worked in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), first in New York headquarters and then in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as the Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP Office.

After 8 years of diplomatic service abroad from 1978 to 1986, Mr. Long returned to China in 1986 and became Deputy Director-general of China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE).

In January 1992, Mr. Long was appointed Director-general of Department of International Relations, MOFTEC, and Assistant Minister of the Ministry in April 1994.

In February 1997, he was appointed Vice Minister and the Chief Representative for Trade Negotiations of MOFTEC. As the Chief Negotiator for China’s resumption of GATT contracting party status and its accession to the World Trade Organization, Mr Long dedicated over 10 years for this prolonged trade negotiation to bring Chinaotnithe global trading system.

Apart from trade negotiations, Mr. Long was also in charge of the multilateral economic and trade affairs between China and the United Nations development agencies. He was fully involved in APEC affairs and attended the APEC meetings of trade ministers each year during the years from 1992 to 2001.

Mr. Long has been active in promoting regional economic cooperation. He was actively involved in creating the Regional Economic Development Cooperation Committee of the Tumen River Area in Northeast Asia and chaired the Committee’s first ministerial meeting in Beijing