| Achong Tanjong in Nanning, China |
BRUNEI small and medium enterprises (SME) are all set to showcase their products at the 11th China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO).
Hu Suojing, the Deputy Inspector of the General Office and Deputy Director of Information Office of Ministry of Commerce of China, announced the theme of the 11th CAEXPO – Jointly Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road – at a news briefing held yesterday at the Yongzhou Hotel in Nanning, Guangxi.
A total 1,541 reporters representing 198 media organisations, including from Brunei, attended the briefing held on the sidelines of the CAEXPO and the 11th China-Asean Business and Investment Summit (CABIS), which begins today and runs till September 19.
The briefing was also attended by Wen Guoquan, the Deputy Director of News and Publicity Department of the Organising Committee of CAEXPO and CABIS, and Yang Yanyan, the Deputy Secretary-General of CAEXPO Secretariat.
The expo aims to promote China-Asean cooperation in various areas.
Hu said enterprises from a number of countries have requested for a total of 6,009 booths, 30 per cent more than the actual number provided at CAEXPO. Around 2,330 enterprises will be displaying their products at the expo.
There will be 1,259 booths for Asean countries and countries outside the China-Asean region. Six Asean countries — Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – will continue to use the ‘exclusive halls’.
There will be Brunei Promotion Seminar on September 17 at the meeting room of Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Centre (NICEC).
At NICEC, the number of booths taken by foreign exhibitors accounts for 42 per cent of the total, which is a relatively high attendance compared to other large-scale exhibitions in China.
About 500 global and leading enterprises such as Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd will be taking part in the CAEXPO.
A number of leading enterprises and financial institutions from Asean region will be exhibiting quality products and services this time as well. They include Ghanim International Food Corporation from Brunei, Teak 123 from Indonesia, Liwayway Holdings Company Limited from the Philippines, DBS Group from Singapore, 3M Food Product Co Ltd from Thailand and Binh Tien Corp Pte from Vietnam.
More than 80 purchasing groups and investor groups from countries outside the China-Asean region such as Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, Hungary, German, France, the US, Canada, South America and the Middle East are also attending the expo, an increase of 14 per cent over the previous edition.
Meanwhile, the China-Asean Chief Justices Forum will further strengthen exchange and cooperation between Chinese and Asean judicial circles to provide a favourable legal environment for investment and trade as well as legal protection to China-Asean cooperation.
The China-Asean E-commerce Forum, which is also being organised as part of the summit, will focus on the topics of Cross-border E-commerce, Digital Internet City and Internet Economic Trend.
The forum aims to provide a platform for global enterprises participating in China-Asean E-commerce projects.