Shanghai - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has arrived in Shanghai in China for the 1st China International Import Expo (CIIE) scheduled for November 5 to 10, the trade and industry department (dti) said on Sunday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the hosting of the expo last year. The aim of the event was "to show China’s intention of firmly supporting trade liberalisation and economic globalisation and actively opening the market to the world", the dti said in a statement.
Enterprises from over 100 countries and regions were expected to participate in this first CIIE. Supporting activities such as supply-demand matchmaking meetings, seminars, and product releases would be held during the expo.
Davies was leading a delegation of 27 South African organisations, including provincial investment agencies, special economic zones, export councils, and private companies. The delegation was funded by the dti through the export marketing and investment assistance (EMIA) scheme, the department said.
Davies said South Africa would participate in the three main platforms of the CIIE - country pavilion for trade and investment, enterprise and business, and the fair international trade forum. These platforms would promote South Africa’s trade and investment capabilities.