Fifth CIIE to welcome more participants

SHANGHAI–()–The CIIE, which has been widely hailed as the premier platform for foreign companies to tap into China’s endless market opportunities, will be held in Shanghai for the fifth time from Nov. 5 to 10.

A total of 145 countries, regions and international organizations have confirmed their participation, according to Sun Chenghai, deputy director general of the CIIE Bureau, who made the remarks at a press conference on Nov. 1.

The world’s first import-themed trade fair launched in 2018, the expo will once again include a trade expo, a national expo and the Hongqiao International Economic Forum.

Eight countries – Nicaragua, Djibouti, Mauritania, Comoros, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Iceland – will participate in the national exhibition for the first time.

In addition, all member states of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will have enterprises participating in the expo.

A total of 284 of the world’s top 500 companies and industry giants will be present at the trade show, and hundreds of new products, technologies and services will be exhibited in the six main exhibition areas – food and agricultural products , smart industry and information technology, medical equipment and healthcare products, consumer goods, trade in services and automobiles, Sun said.

In line with the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and goals to 2035, the event established special subsections for crop seed industry and artificial intelligence, optimized the special subsection for low-carbon energy and environmental protection technology, and expanded the innovation and incubation subsection. More than 150 startups specializing in technological equipment, consumer products and the medical and automotive fields will present their products and services at the innovation and incubation subsection.

An integral part of the CIIE, this year’s Hongqiao International Economic Forum will focus more on topics related to global opening-up, with the number of sub-forums increasing from 14 to 24.

Some parallel sessions will be co-hosted by ministries and commissions, think tanks and a number of international organizations, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, the Compact world of the United Nations, etc. Five of these forums have keynote speeches given by Nobel laureates.

Nearly 20 authoritative reports, including the Global Openness Report 2022will be published during the forum.

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