China-South Asia Expo extends global reach
Officials attend a press conference on June 12, 2018, for the fifth China-South Asia Expo, which takes place in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan province, from June 14 to 20. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
The fifth China-South Asia Expo (CSA Expo) will become more professional and international with increased participation from the private sector, said officials at the expo's press conference in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan province, on June 12.
Under the theme Integrating into the Belt and Road Initiative, Promoting Win-Win Cooperation, the weeklong expo will take place in the Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center in Kunming from June 14 to 20.
The forum will hold 19 exhibition halls with around 8,500 booths, making it the biggest CSA Expo yet
"With Yunnan's emphasis on green energy, green food and building itself as a healthy living destination, this year's expo has a special focus on the eight new key industries addressed by the provincial government," said Gao Shuxun, member of the Yunnan CPC committee and director of the China-South Asia Expo Executive Committee.
Featured exhibition halls will focus on areas including advanced manufacturing, food and consumer goods, health products and medicine, agricultural products unique to Yunnan's plateau region, and tourism, according to Gao.
The forum will hold 19 exhibition halls with around 8,500 booths, making it the biggest CSA Expo yet. Exhibition zones will also be established for the country of honor Afghanistan and the guest country Myanmar.
More than 40 percent of enterprises attending are from overseas, which shows that the forum serves as an exhibition platform for companies from China, South Asia and around the world, said Gao.
A series of events will be held simultaneously with the expo, including the 25th China Kunming Import and Export Commodities Fair, the 13th China-South Asia Business Forum, the Yunnan-South Asia and Southeast Asia Education Cooperation Forum, and the 3rd Yunnan Conference on International Exchange of Professionals.
In addition, the first China-South Asia Cooperation Forum will be held during the CSA Expo from June 14 to 15.
The forum aims to create a new platform between China and the South Asian region for political dialogue, trade and investment, people-to-people exchange and experience sharing, said Ma Jun, deputy director of Yunnan Foreign Affairs Office.
"The forum will not only serve as a new platform for international cooperation, especially for cooperation between China and South Asia, but will also serve to form new international relations and build a community with shared future for mankind," said Ma, adding that it is important to further open China's southwest region as this year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up.
"We hope through the expo and the conferences that communication and cooperation between China – especially Yunnan province – and South Asian countries can be further promoted in areas ranging from trade and investment, finance, interconnectivity, infrastructure, poverty alleviation and city development," said Ma.