The 15th CAEXPO preparatory meeting held in Nanning on May 22, during which CAEXPO Secretariat informed officials from ASEAN embassies and consulates of the preparatory work progress. Leaders from China and ASEAN countries will attend CAEXPO this year with high profile. It is the second time for Cambodia to serve as the country of honor.
Yang Yanyan, Deputy Secretary General of CAEXPO Secretariat said in the preparatory meeting, with 2018 seeing the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Cambodia, Cambodia will enjoy Pavilion D10 as an independent pavilion with 145 booths in its second time as country of honor, demonstrating Cambodian agriculture, infrastructure, SMEs, educational culture and tourism. Kampong Thom Province has been identified as the “City of Charm” of Cambodia.
So far, there are 8 ASEAN countries identifying their “Cities of Charm”, including Bandar Seri Begawan of Brunei, Kampong Thom Province of Cambodia, West Sumatra of Indonesia, Vientiane of Laos, Hpa-an of Myanmar, Tarlac of Philippines, Singapore and Ben Tre of Vietnam. As the “City of Charm” of China this year, Beihai City will demonstrate its ocean economy and coastal scenery.
With the 15th anniversary of establishment of China-ASEAN strategic partnership and formation of CAEXPO, a serial of commemorative activities planned by CAEXPO Secretariat have got fully underway.
It is said that, this year’s CAEXPO will take various effective measures to make sure that the expo can achieve its economic goals, including optimizing exhibition settings and activities of promoting investment, propelling the expo structure of “one major expo comes in concert with various professional expos, and itinerant expos begin in parallel”, widely inviting high-quality and professional visitors, strengthening business match, improving exhibition management and supporting services, holding high-level forums and activities, further advertising CAEXPO to enhance its influence and improving the mechanism that CAEXPO supports business associations.
The ASEAN embassies in China and Consulate General in Nanning and Guangzhou all supported the preparatory meeting, whose representatives also put forward some constructive suggestions and comments. Via this meeting, CAEXPO Secretariat reached a consensus with ASEAN embassies in China and Consulate General. In addition, they will hold regular exchange meeting and build an exchange mechanism for both sides to propel the preparatory work of CAEXPO so that CAEXPO can be held successfully.