CHENGDU, China, Sept. 13, 2017 : From September 15 to 18, the 2nd Western China International Fair Import and Export Expo and Western China (Sichuan) International Investment Conference (hereinafter referred to as "WCIF Import and Export Expo and International Investment Conference") will be held in Chengdu.
Secretary-General Tang Limin of People's Government of Sichuan Province indicated in a press conference held recently that till now, governmental institutions, industrial organizations and famous enterprises from 75 countries and regions have signed up to participate in the exhibition and conference.
As an open-up platform echoing the Western China International Fair (hereinafter referred to as "WCIF"), the 2nd WCIF Import and Export Expo & International Investment Conference, which is themed with "Unobstructed Trading, Cooperation & Development", is committed to promote the new open economy system construction in Sichuan through pragmatic investment promotion, substantial enhancement of international production capacity cooperation, active advancement of balance between the domestic demand and overseas market demand, between import and export, and between investment attraction and outward investment.
As the sister-exhibition of WCIF, instead of simple duplication of its resources, mode, experience and technologies, WCIF Import and Export Expo & International Investment Conference explores innovative avenues to forge the brand-new open-up mode and mechanism by firmly grasping the new hot spots of economic development and focusing on import / export, which could also bring itself an inexhaustible driving force.
During the construction of the "Belt and Road" initiative, the unobstructed trading is not only the focal point that all countries attach importance on, but also the anchorage of the mutual-beneficial and win-win situation of all countries. As the open-up frontier of mid-west China, Sichuan takes the lead in solving the trade facilitation problem to create a good business environment, trigger the release of cooperation potential and make the cooperation "pie" bigger and better. WCIF Import and Export Expo & International Investment Conference is acting as the "catalyst" and "adhesive" in this process.
Forge an important open-up platform by making full use of the brand exhibition resources
In order to fully exert the function of the foreign exchange platform of WCIF and the cooperation platform of the International Investment Conference, boost the open-up cooperation of Sichuan and continue the success of the 1st Import and Export Expo & International Investment Conference held in 2015, the provincial Party Committee and government of Sichuan have decided to hold the 2nd Import and Export Expo & International Investment Conference in this year as an important open-up activity of Sichuan Province in the second half of 2017 to substantially forge the important platform of economic & trade exchanges and investment promotion for open-up and development of Western China.
The 2nd Import and Export Expo & International Investment Conference is themed with "Unobstructed Trading, Cooperation & Development". The open ceremony and exhibition will be held in the International Exhibition Center of Western China International Expo City in Tianfu New Area of Chengdu. The activity will focus on highlighting the advantageous and key industries in Sichuan and Western China, promoting the foreign trade transformation and upgrading, attracting project investments and expanding open-up and cooperation by orienting itself to the key countries and regions.
This activity will be divided into WCIF Import and Export Expo and the International Investment Conference, which will have a series of related activities respectively.
The planned exhibition area of WCIF Import and Export Expo is 60,000m2, which will be divided into 3 sectors - industrial cooperation, commodity trade and service trade (altogether 6 exhibition halls). Now the actual exhibition area is 75,000m2, which is 25% more than the planned area.
The industrial cooperation sector is composed of electronic information exhibition area and equipment manufacture exhibition area; the commodity trade sector comprises the imported alcoholic beverages and foods area, imported fashionable garment area and imported maternal & infant products and daily necessities area; the service trade sector has exhibition area for import / export trade routes and carriers.
The International Investment Conference will hold a series of investment promotion and matchmaking negotiations as well as the self-directed matching activities by focusing on the key countries (regions) of investment and cooperation and key industries of Sichuan Province.
The activity organization of this year's exhibition will be more concise and pragmatic. The conference activities will be organized by focusing on the economic &trade hot spots and industrial development trends, including 25 activities of different types, such as open ceremony, meeting and investment promotion, international exchange and procurement trade, etc.
Among the abovementioned activities, there are 11 investment promotion activities, including Cooperation Conference of Core Enterprises in International Semiconductor and Display Industry, International Investment Cooperation Project Matchmaking Conference, Western China International Capital Forum, Western China E-commerce Development Summit, "Glittering Youth in Innovation & Startups" Forum, the "Belt and Road" Initiative Chinese Businessmen Summit, Western China International Panel Display Summit, International Forum on Intelligent Vehicle, Western E-business Development Summit Forum, Investment & Cooperation Matchmaking Conference of Tianfu New Area of Sichuan, The 5th National Health Industry Conference & The 3rd Chengdu International Forum on Precision Medicine Industry, and Xinjiang - Sichuan Business Association / Enterprise Investment and Cooperation Matchmaking Meeting & Project Signing Ceremony.
There are five international exchange activities, including China·South Asia Friendship Organizations' Forum, Sino-Italy Food Safety Cooperation Forum, South Asia-Sichuan Business Promotion Round-Table Conference, Urban Sustainable Development (of cities in Western China)Forum and guest of honor (Italy)theme activities of WCIF 2018.
There are five procurement trade activities, including Western China International Sourcing Fair, International Port Economic and Trade Logistics Cooperation Conference, China Railway Express (Chengdu) International Cooperation Forum, 2017 the "Belt and Road" Initiative International Multimode Transport &Cross-border Trade Development Conference and Western China Public Procurement Conference.
Over 20,000 distinguished guests from 75 countries and regions will attend the activities
Till now, governmental institutions, industrial organizations and famous enterprises from 75 countries and regions have signed up to participate in the exhibition and conference. Former political leaders, province / ministry level officials, ambassadors to China and international friends from Italy, Thailand, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal and Byelorussia, and heads of international organizations like UNPD will attend the conference.
22 provinces (regions and cities) of China will send delegations to attend the conference, such as Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Hubei, Tianjin, Hebei and Heilongjiang.
Principals of over 700 foreign and domestic enterprises, including 75 top 500 enterprises in the world and 56 top 500 enterprises in China, will attend the investment promotion activities. Over 20,000 guests from home and abroad will attend the exhibition, which is much more than last exhibition. The international influence of the activity will be further enhanced.
39 countries (regions) have confirmed their participation, including Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland, the United States, Byelorussia, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Pakistan, Iceland, France, Union of Pacific Island countries, Hong Kong and Taiwan, etc.
16 provinces (regions and cities) and 18 cities (prefectures) of China have confirmed their participation, including Chongqing, Shaanxi, Guangdong, Shanghai, Hubei and Tianjin, etc.
A lot of well-known enterprises, such as Sinopec, China Unicom, China Southern Airlines, Epson, Foxconn, Canon, Benz and BMW, etc., have confirmed their participation. The exhibition will highlight the open-up characteristics and advantageous industries of Sichuan. Exhibition areas for enterprises from countries along the "Belt and Road" initiative region, cross-border e-commerce platforms, import / export enterprise and industrial parks and parallel import vehicles will be arranged in the exhibition.
In addition, this exhibition will organize a series investment promotion activities, perform precise exhibitor invitation and project matchmaking and promote the signing or cooperation intention achievement of a lot of key projects by focusing on the industrial development strategic deployment of Sichuan Province.
A lot of famous enterprises have confirmed their participation in the activity, such as CITIC, FAW, CRRC, GEELY, Phicomm, Flex, P&G, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and AGC, etc. A contract-signing ceremony will be held during the open ceremony. Cities and prefectures will also hold diversified special investment promotion activities according to their local features and advantages.
Highlight the service to the "Belt and Road" Initiative, pursue the effective industrial cooperation
As an important open-up activity of Sichuan Province in the second half of 2017, this activity is mainly featured with its service to the "Belt and Road" Initiative.
This activity will make full use of the brand effect and resource advantage of WCIF. The theme of this activity will be determined by focusing on the "Belt and Road" Initiative, to actively promote the exchange and cooperation with countries and regions along the "Belt and Road".
At present, 36 countries and regions along the "Belt and Road" have signed up for their participation in the exhibition, which accounts for 48% of the total number of all participant countries and regions. Exhibition hall for countries along the "Belt and Road" Initiative will be arranged in the exhibition area to give focal demonstration of the local excellent enterprises and featured products.
Provinces, regions and cities of China will highlight the demonstration of their projects and achievements of cooperation with countries and regions along the "Belt and Road". During the activity, a series of special investment promotion activities for the "Belt and Road" Initiative will be held, including the Chinese businessmen summit and International Multimode Transport &Cross-border Trade Development Conference, etc. By focusing on the "Belt and Road" Initiative, a lot of activities will set the agenda, perform discussion and strive for achievements.
Another distinctive characteristic of the activity is highlighting the effectiveness of industrial cooperation. This activity has strengthened its efforts to invite the enterprises planning to have investment and cooperation in Sichuan. By careful organization of early-stage matchmaking and accomplishment of project summarization, screening, statistics and audits, this activity will realize the cooperation of a lot of key quality projects.
All related parties will fully demonstrate their good images and development potentials by making full use of the resource promotion advantage, industrial advantage and market advantage of the exhibition platform. Professional business associations or economic organizations are invited to attend the professional forums and industrial promotion activities during the exhibition. By closely clinging to the industrial development hot spots of Sichuan and Western China, this exhibition will substantially promote the industrial cooperation and project implementation through many methods like expert lectures, enterprise promotions, on-site matchmaking, and survey of the industrial parks and cities (prefectures), etc.
Furthermore, this exhibition will focus on the unobstructed trading, and concentrate its promotion in the construction and service of free trade zones, comprehensive tariff-free zones, export processing zones, bonded logistics centers, state / province level development zones, China Rail Express (Express Railway from Chengdu to Europe) and various open ports and routes. This exhibition will focus on the demonstration of air services, cross-border e-commerce, production capacity cooperation, engineering service subcontracting, cultural creativity, sport industries and auxiliary activities. The exhibition will also concentrate its resources in the public procurement international cooperation, free trade zone construction, logistics, e-payment and trade facilitation; and hold procurement trade activities and special matchmaking negotiation meetings to actively set up an unobstructed trading platform and promote the economic and trade cooperation pragmatically.
The open-up and development of Western China and Sichuan will provide the world with more development opportunities and market space. As an important platform to connect the world, we firmly believe that the 2nd WCIF Import and Export Expo & International Investment Conference will demonstrate the open-up vitality of Sichuan and development charm of West China to the world through the support and co-efforts from all related parties.