The third edition of the China International Import Expo officially opened its doors on Wednesday 4 November with the inaugural ceremony which was held at 8 pm local time, 1 pm in Italy. The event, which was held in the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, was attended by participants connected by videoconference from all over the world. Among the Italian guests selected to follow the event via videoconference, the President of the Italy China Foundation, Mario Boselli, representing the Italy China Foundation, the Italian Chinese Chamber of Commerce and AICE - Italian Foreign Trade Association, which again this year , on a specific mandate from the Ministry of Commerce, they organized a collective of exhibitors that are part of the official organization of the Italian presence which, also with the intervention of the ICE, foresees the participation of about seventy companies.
Inside the conference center were present officials from the Council of State and the Municipality of Shanghai, the Ministry of Commerce and other ministries, provinces and municipalities representing Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. With them, foreign diplomats, representatives of international organizations and foreign companies in China. The ceremony began with the opening speech by President Xi Jinping (video available at this link), which was followed by greetings from foreign authorities. Heads of state and government, heads of international organizations, officials at ministerial level and representatives of the international business community connected digitally from abroad. Political leaders include Pakistani President Arif Alvi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who congratulated themselves on the Chinese management of the health emergency and have expressed high expectations on CIIE 2020.
"I consider the message of President Xi Jinping to be very important, in perfect coherence with the purposes of China International Import Export - said President Mario Boselli -: the increase of the internal market as a strategic choice envisaged by the 14th Five-Year Plan, which theorises the of the 'dual circulation strategy', was clearly confirmed on that occasion. This is certainly positive for exports from our country, which needs to rebalance the trade balance now strongly in favor of China”.
After the success of the first two editions and despite the complex historical moment that all countries are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, China strongly wanted to confirm the 2020 appointment with the China International Import Expo as a sign of resumption of activities and consumption in China, with the hope of getting out of the serious global health emergency as soon as possible.
From today until November 10, the first fair in China dedicated exclusively to the import of products and services will host foreign companies interested in presenting their products and services in China. The aim of the initiative, promoted by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Municipality of Shanghai, is to provide new business opportunities to countries and regions around the world, strengthen cooperation and promote the development of the global economy.
400,000 visitors from 120 countries are expected at this year's edition, who will discover the products of over 2000 companies, on display in an exhibition area of over 360,000 square meters. About seventy Italian companies participating this year, including 12 companies accompanied by the Italy-China Foundation, the Italian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and AICE thanks to the signing of a collaboration agreement for the promotion of the event and the organization of a presence of companies Italians at the event, to help provide greater visibility to exhibitors from our country towards visitors and the media.
By virtue of the positive experience of the last edition, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is once again an official partner of the Italy China Foundation, the Italian Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Aice this year. ICBC, which represents the largest and most important Chinese bank, thanks to its rich network of contacts, has organized the China Europe CEO Summit and the B2B Matchmaking Session ICBC for 6 November, during which Italian exporters will have the opportunity to meet importers Chinese interested in their products.