CAEXPO: promote stable cooperation between China and Pakistan
by Zafar Hussain
BEIJING, Sept. 6 (China Economic Net) - After joining the 17th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in 2020 for the first time as a Special Partner Country, Pakistan will participate in the upcoming 18th CAEXPO with the same honorary title.
An official told CEN that, Pakistan, as one of the countries along the Belt and Road and a geographical neighbor to the ASEAN countries, has actively joined the CAEXPO for many years to enhance its exchange and cooperation with China and other countries along the Belt and Road. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan. By seizing the cooperative and business opportunities of the 18th CAEXPO, Pakistan will fully showcase its national image and further promote its exchange and cooperation with China and the ASEAN countries.
The CAEXPO’s purposes expand from serving the “10+1” countries (China and 10 ASEAN countries) to promoting RCEP and the Belt and Road Initiative and opening up to the rest of the world. With a theme of “Sharing Opportunities Created by the New Land-Sea Corridor, Building the China-ASEAN Community with a Shared Future”, the 18th CAEXPO will be held in Nanning, China from September 10 to 13 in a mixed model of “Physical + On-line CAEXPO” adopted for the second time. The highlights of this year’s CAEXPO are as follows:
Physical exhibitions -- same exhibition area size of last CAEXPO
Participants include 36 delegations of domestic provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government and cities under separate state planning, and leading enterprises organized by national industry associations in sectors such as power, building materials, engineering machinery and food packaging machinery, and local industry associations of localities such as Guangdong and Xiamen.
An exhibition area of 12,000 square meters will be allocated to the exhibitors of the 10 ASEAN countries, and each ASEAN country shall have its own exhibition area as usual. More market leaders of ASEAN will join the exhibitions and the exhibits of ASEAN will introduce product certification and traceability system as usual. Following the practice of the previous CAEXPO, an international exhibition area for the countries along the Belt and Road will be set up to accommodate the exhibitors from over 20 countries, including Pakistan, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, France, and Spain.
On-line CAEXPO -- a well-functioning system running all year round
The CAEXPO Shopping Event will debut during this year’s CAEXPO and Viya, a top e-commerce live-streamer of China will be invited to visit the CAEXPO and host an influencer live-streaming event dedicated to CAEXPO to promote the top products of China and ASEAN countries.
At the 18th CAEXPO, Pakistan, with an exhibition area of 81 square meters, will showcase its national image and organize 15 Pakistani companies to show mainly carpet, marble, wood handicrafts, and other specialty products of the country with 28 booths. The CAEXPO will adopt a mixed model of “Physical + On-line CAEXPO” to host events in celebration of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 2021 Forum on China-Pakistan Economic and Trade Cooperation to further advance the sound development of the China-Pakistan partnership.
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