Kunming Ex-Impo extravaganza rolls out June 12

Aiming towards a win-win cooperation through amity, the South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF), as well as the Kunming Import and Export Fair, opens in Kunming on June12. The China-South Asia Expo, in the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, aims towards “Win-Win Cooperation through Amity, Sincerity, Mutual Benefit and Inclusiveness” at the level of strategic cooperation, while SSACEIF has the theme of “Creating New Opportunities for New Development”.

More than 3,800 companies from 87 countries and regions are going to attend the fair from June 12 to 18. Different industries, including textile & clothing, minerals, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, apparatuses, jewelry, building materials, decoration, software, handicrafts and tourism are going to participate in the weeklong exposition.

From Bangladesh, a four-member team, headed by Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, left Dhaka on Monday to attend the SSACEIF. Bangladesh expects to increase trade, investment and tourism cooperation with China and South Asian countries from the fair, said a press release of the commerce ministry.

The exposition will feature 19 exhibition halls with around 8,500 booths covering an area of 190,000 square meters, including the Belt and Road investment and cooperation pavilion, the green energy pavilion and the forest ecological products pavilion. The Belt and Road investment and Cooperation pavilion aims to build an efficient communication platform for investors, and comprehensively demonstrate Yunnan's advantages in terms of opening up development and opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Companies, including Huawei and Bank of China, are expected to show up in the Belt and Road investment and cooperation pavilion. Featured expo halls will focus on fields including advanced manufacturing, food and consumer goods, health products, and medicine as well as agricultural products.

A series of events will also be held simultaneously with the expo, including the 25th China Kunming Import and Export Commodities Fair and the 13th China-South Asia Business Forum.Projects between China, South and Southeast Asia. The two events, nonetheless, are different in terms of exhibition categories, organizers and themes.

The China-South Asia Expo is one of China’s top ten national exhibitions, and is approved by the State Council and developed under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. SSACEIF is also Yunnan’s key largest-scale international exhibition approved by Yunnan provincial government.The China-South Asia Expo is co-hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, the Yunnan provincial government, and the ministries and departments of commerce from South Asian countries.

SSACEIF, on the other hand, is co-organized by the China Chamber of International Commerce, the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the ASEAN-China Center, and the Secretariat of the China-South Asia Expo and Kunming Import & Export Fair. This year's SSACEIF is scheduled at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center.