Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attended the opening ceremony of the 14th CAEXPO and the 14th CABIS and declared the two grand events open.
The 14th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and the 14th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) featuring Writing A New Chapter for the Maritime Silk Road were opened on the morning of the September 12 in Nanning.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and the China-ASEAN Year of Tourism Cooperation, and is curial to building the Belt and Road. The 14th CAEXPO and the 14th CABIS, with Jointly Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Promoting Regional Economic Integration through Tourism as the theme, have drawn keen attention of China, ASEAN and the countries beyond.
H.E. Mr. Zhang Gaoli, Standing Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council of China, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (the 14th CAEXPO Country of Honor), H.E. Mr. Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, H.E. Mr. Truong Hoa Binh, Member of Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and Executive Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Askar Myrzakhmetov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan (the 14th CAEXPO Special Partner) H.E. Mr. Sonexay SIPHANDONE, Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR, H.E. Dr. Than Myint, Union Minister of Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar, H.E. Mr. Ormsin Chivapruck, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office of Thailand, Honorable Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, H.E. Dr. Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore, H.E. Madam Nora K. Terrado, Under-secretary of Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines, H.E. Madam Ir. Arlinda, Director General of National Export Development of Ministry of Trade of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN, H.E. Mr. Fu Ziying, International Trade Representative and Vice Minister of Commerce of China, H.E. Mr. Jiang Zengwei, Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and H.E. Mr. Peng Qinghua, Secretary of the Communist Party of China Guangxi Committee and Chairman of the People’s Congress of Guangxi jointly unveiled the two grand events.
Other participants of the opening ceremony included ministers and vice ministers of China and the ASEAN countries, envoys of ASEAN and other neighboring countries, presidents of chambers of commerce and trade associations, renowned entrepreneurs and celebrities of difference communities from home and abroad.
The opening ceremony convened at the Osmanthus Hall of the Nanning International Convention & Exhibition Center was happily warmed up by distinctive Brunei singing and dancing. On the display of the huge LED screen is the city images, natural landscape, custom and culture of Brunei Darussalam, the Country of Honor of the 14th CAEXPO. The stage of the ceremony, with blue and white as major color, is simple, decent and spectacular.
At 09:30 a.m., the opening ceremony began. H.E. Chen Wu, Governor of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the host province of the two grand events, and Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam, the 14th CAEXPO Country of Honor, co-chaired the ceremony.
H.E. Mr. Peng Qinghua, Secretary of the Communist Party of China Guangxi Committee, H.E. Mr. Fu Ziying, International Trade Representative and Vice Minister of Commerce of China and H.E. Mr. Jiang Zengwei, Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade addressed the opening ceremony on behalf of the host province, the CAEXPO and CAEXPO Organizing Committees respectively.
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli delivered a keynote speech and His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Vietnamese Excecutive Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Kazakh First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Myrzakhmetov and Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay SIPHANDONE also made remarks at the ceremony.
The theme of the opening ceremony is “Illuminating the Co-built Silk Roads for Shared Aspirations”, meaning that China and ASEAN use the CAEXPO platform to jointly build the Belt and Road, light the lamp of peace, prosperity, opening-up, innovation and civilization with vision and hope for a brighter future of the China-ASEAN Community of Shared Destiny. The VCR played before the inaugural ceremony showed the moments that people from different countries are making wishes in front of the lamps and pictures of cooperation and exchanges, prosperity and development, advanced science and technology and happy life, all of which were poured into the Wish Lamps. Later, 16 lovely boys and girls holding the Wish Lamps walked to the stage, and put them on the podiums next to the VVIPs on the stage.
“I now declare the 14th China-ASEAN Expo and the 14th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit Open.” After Vice Premier Zhang opened the two grand events, 16 VVIPs lighted and then let them “flow” down into the “rivers” running through China, ASEAN and Kazakhstan. In the meantime, 42 children standing across the seating areas lighted Wish Lamps on their hands, which were all risen in the Osmanthus Hall, creating a beautiful scenery that predicts the bright future and vision of China, ASEAN and other countries along the Belt and Road.
The 14th CAEXPO and the 14th CABIS were unveiled after rounds of applause.
The opening ceremony also witnessed the launch of China-Singapore Connectivity Southern Transport Corridor. After businesses representing Chongqing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Gansu and Singapore jointly put their hands on the devices of Cooperation Handprint, a model of maritime, land, air and internet connectivity along the Southern Transport Corridor were presented, which is of great significance to building the Belt and Road.
The CAEXPO and the CABIS, which have been held for 14 sessions in a row, have played important roles in building the upgraded version of the China-ASEAN FTA, promoting the China-ASEAN friendly exchanges and strengthening bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and people-to-people exchanges.The CAEXPO and CABIS will invest more efforts to serve as platforms for the opening-up between China and ASEAN, to innovate regional cooperation mechanisms, to arrange more high-end dialogues and talks and professional exhibitions, thus to mak the host city Nanning a more convenient channel for the Belt and Road initiative.
Ribbon-cutting Session at the 14th CAEXPO & the 14th CABIS Opening Ceremon
The 14th CAEXPO & the 14th CABIS Opening Ceremony