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The 15th CAEXPO will be held on:

Sep 12th-15th,2018 8:30-17:00 (Trade Days)

Sep. 15th,2018(Public Day)


The 15th CAEXPO & CABIS made progress in China-ASEAN cooperation

Source: CAEXPO Wechat    Time:2018-09-17 15:39:35


The Closing Press Conference on the 15th China-ASEAN Expo and the 15th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit was convened at the Press Center, Nanning International Convention & Exhibition Center (NICEC), swarming with journalists. 


The press conference was hosted by Mr. Han Shengjian, Deputy Director General of the Trade Development Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of China. Mr. Wang Lei, Secretary-General of the CAEXPO Secretariat, and Mr. Ding Yuanlong, Vice Secretary-General of the CABIS Secretariat, briefed on the outcomes of the two grand events and took the questions raised by the press. Representative of the ASEAN Secretariat and 106 journalists with 83 media from China, ASEAN and other countries attended the conference. 


The 15th CAEXPO and the 15th CABIS, within a short period of 4 days, have made remarkable outcomes. 


Attendance of state leaders making the 15th CAEXPO a high-profile event as usual and pooling more consensuses 



11 state leaders, incumbent and former, made presence at the 15th CAEXPO, including H.E. Mr. Han Zheng, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council of China, H.E. Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, H.E. Madam Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, H.E. Mr. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, H.E. U Myint Swe, First Vice President of Myanmar, H.E. Mr. Somdy DOUANGDY, Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR, H.E. Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Amb. Seif Ali Iddi, Second Vice President of Zanzibar of the United Republic Tanzania, H.E. Mr. Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Somsavat LENGSAVAD, former Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR, and H.E. Phongthep Thepkanjana, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. 259 ministerial officials, including 122 ones from ASEAN and other countries  participated in the 15th CAEXPO.


A series of high-level friendly exchange and commemorative events were held at the CAEXPO. Vice Premier Han Zheng held 5 bilateral meetings with the visiting leaders from ASEAN countries and Tanzania, and joined Chinese and international businesses and entrepreneurs, inclusive of initiators of the China-ASEAN Entrepreneurs Association, for a group photo session. The visiting leaders and heads of the delegations of other ASEAN countries had pavilion tours, attended the opening ceremony of the CAEXPO and the CABIS and visited the Achievements Exhibition in Commemoration of the 15th Anniversaries of China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership, the CAEXPO and the CABIS. Visiting state leaders of China and the ASEAN countries jointly planted the Tree of Friendship. Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN and permanent representatives to ASEAN had a networking program. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had a round-table dialogue with the Chinese initiator of the China-ASEAN Entrepreneurs Association. State leaders addressed the opening ceremony and highly appraised the outcomes of the China-ASEAN friendly cooperation and the role played by the CAEXPO in the course, reaching more consensuses on deepening cooperation under the BRI. 


The theme of the opening ceremony, An Invigorated Silk Road for Our Shared Brighter Future, implies that the CAEXPO will carry forward the spirit of the Silk Road to vigorously serve the upgrading of the China-ASEAN FTA and the building of the Belt and Road.


More tangible business outcomes produced, conducive to upgrading the China-ASEAN FTA and deepening cooperation.



The 15th CAEXPO made new progress in upgrading the China-ASEAN FTA and deepening economic and trade cooperation under the BRI.  


More tangible economic outcomes were delivered. With a total exhibition area of 124,000 sqm, the 15th CAEXPO accommodated up to 6600 booths. Among them, 1594 ones were used by ASEAN (1446 booths) and other countries. Eight ASEAN countries used independent exhibition halls to showcase their own commodities and services respectively. The 15th CAEXPO totally attracted 2780 exhibiting companies, more than that of the previous session. 91 trade and investment events were held on sidelines, plus with national investment promotion seminars of the participating countries, Roundtable Meeting on Investment Cooperation, Promotion Conference on ASEAN Industrial Parks and Networking between Chinese Economic and Commercial Counselors and Chinese Entrepreneurs, etc. All these events have effectively promote business cooperation and helped get those projects off the ground.    


Southern Transport Corridor under the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity (CCI) was advanced. An array of activities were arranged to help establish relevant working mechanisms and deepen collaboration among the Chinese provinces/municipalities along the Southern Transport Corridor. These activities included an image display zone, a roundtable meeting on international supply chain cooperation, a B2B meeting on logistics of agro-based products along the corridor, promotion conferences on Chengdu, Guiyang and other places involved.


International production capacity cooperation was deepened and expanded. The series events including larger and more professional exhibition and more specialized forums and promotion conferences, delivered richer outcomes. Those specialized forums and conferences covering building materials, infrastructure and electric power and investment/fund-raising seminars and project signing ceremonies helped put relevant projects into place.


The cooperation region was further expanded. It is the very first time that the CAEXPO invited an African country, which is also a gateway to the continent for the Belt and Road countries, as its Special Partner Country. Tanzania, as the Special Partner Country of the 15th CAEXPO, showcased its national images and hosted a promotion conference, strengthening the cooperation between the countries along Belt and those along the Road. The BRI and International Pavilion housed 114 companies from 19 countries including Tanzania, Australia, Germany, Italy and Spain, etc. Buying missions representing 70 countries and regions worldwide came and visited. Australia and other non-CAFTA economies hosted their business matching and promotion events at the CAEXPO for expanding cooperation with China and ASEAN countries. 


Practical outcomes were achieved by exchange programs on different fields. 23 of the 35 high-end forums and conferences under the CAEXPO framework were held during the fair period, which helped establish more cooperation mechanisms, launched or implemented projects, and enriched the Nanning Channel for the China-ASEAN cooperation and translate the consensus on building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road into actions in all relevant fields . A host of people-to-people and cultural exchanges were also conducted on sidelines.  


Supporting facilities and services were upgraded and improved significantly. High-end caterers and more explicit directions inside and outside the exhibition venue were introduced; passages for personnel and cargoes were optimized; the just-opened Howard Johnson CAEXPO Plaza Nanning, made the exhibition fully functional and better-equipped; those newly-built roads, underground passages and overpass improved the transportation network of the NICEC. All of these facilitated the participation of business professionals in the event. 


CABIS promoted the exchanges between Chinese and ASEAN business communities


Sideline events of the 15th CABIS included the Roundtable Meeting between Cambodian Leader and Chinese CEO, the China-ASEAN Business Leaders’ Forum, the 1st Belt and Road Forum on New Economic Belt Development, the 1st Belt and Road Forum for Youth Leaders, the TV program of Dialogue on the Splendid CABIS over the Past 15 Years, the Awarding Ceremony and Dinner Marking the 15th Anniversary of the CABIS, the China-ASEAN Commercial Laws Cooperation Seminar and the China-ASEAN Forum on Cross-border E-commerce Development. These events helped the Chinese and ASEAN business communities strengthen bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, investment, connectivity, production capacity and many other fields, thus to advance the upgrading of the CAFTA and bring more benefits for the businesses and peoples of both sides. 


The CAEXPO grew more influential within the region and beyond


Statistics showed that 1570 journalists with 171 media came and covered the 15th CAEXPO. Among them, 611 ones with 60 media were from ASEAN and other countries. The participating media promoted the economic advantages of the ASEAN countries in building the upgraded version of the China-ASEAN FTA and the Belt and Road and the enormous opportunities thus brought. NICE TV from Cambodia, the Country of Honor of the 15th CAEXPO, conducted live broadcast on the country’s participation in the 15th CAEXPO, which is the first-ever live broadcast on the event in another country. 


At the CAEXPO Senior Officials’ Meeting held on September 14th, participants agreed that the 16th CAEXPO will be tentatively held on September 20th - 23rd, 2019. Indonesian representative confirmed that Indonesia will be Country of Honor for the 16th CAEXPO 2019. The 16th CABIS will be held along with the 16th CAEXPO.



The 15th CAEXPO was concluded with great success. The CAEXPO will move ahead more steadily to serve the BRI and the China-ASEAN exchanges and cooperation.



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