NE bor­der city gears up to host trade fair

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By ZHOU HUIY­ING in Suifenhe, Hei­longjiang zhouhuiy­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The 2013 China (Suifenhe) In­ter­na­tional Port Trade Fair is sched­uled to open on Aug 8 in the bor­der city of Hei­longjiang prov­ince.

China’s first port- themed pro­fes­sional in­ter­na­tional trade fair, the show is draw­ing much at­ten­tion from around the coun­try and abroad.

The fair aims to es­tab­lish a rep­u­ta­tion as a high-end trad­ing plat­form for strength­en­ing port co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mot­ing trade de­vel­op­ment, or­ga­niz­ers said.

Draw­ing on the ge­o­graph­i­cal ad­van­tages of the north­east­ern prov­ince and the host city’s port re­sources, the event will fa­cil­i­tate trade and in­vest­ment while serv­ing as a medium for in­for­ma­tion ex­change and pro­mot­ing re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion in North­east Asia, es­pe­cially be­tween China and Rus­sia, they added.

The or­ga­niz­ers have in­vited a num­ber of Chi­nese and for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives of trade com­pa­nies and port cities.

Over­seas par­tic­i­pants mainly hail from Rus­sia, Ja­pan, South Korea, Mon­go­lia and South­east Asia.

Af­ter the press con­fer­ence in Bei­jing in De­cem­ber 2012, a se­ries of pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties have been held to at­tract more par­tic­i­pants, and the Suifenhe fair was also pub­li­cized among 200 well- known com­pa­nies dur­ing the 113th Can­ton Fair in Guang­dong prov­ince this spring.

The in­ten­sive pro­mo­tional ef­forts sparked the in­ter­est of a num­ber of Rus­sian com­pa­nies, which plan to send del­e­ga­tions. More than 30 have signed up for ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing the Rus­sian Far East In­stru­ment Co and a branch of Rus­sian Rail­way Lo­gis­tics in Vladi­vos­tok.

Other ex­hibitors in­clude Xi­a­men Yaobang Trad­ing Co, Shaox­ing Kaiyu Tex­tile Co, Shang­hai Songfu Pack­ag­ing Ma­te­rial Co, Malaysia Chekhop White Cof­fee Co, Bei­jing Huax­i­nou Gar­ments Co and the China National Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­try In­ter­na­tional Cor­po­ra­tion.

More than 1,000 Chi­nese and for­eign ex­hibitors in­volved in for­eign trade as well as trade-ori­ented pro­cess­ing busi­nesses and ser­vices will show­case their brands and about 10,000 kinds of prod­ucts in a nearly 40,000-squareme­ter ex­hi­bi­tion area.

Some 30,000 pro­fes­sional pur­chasers from the Far East, North­east Asia and South­east Asia have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion will con­sist of five ma­jor sec­tions — im­age of port cities, en­ergy and ma­te­ri­als, elec­tron­ics and con­sumer goods, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and high tech­nol­ogy, me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal prod­ucts and cul­tural tourism.

A se­ries of fo­rums will also be held con­cur­rently. They in­clude China In­ter­na­tional Port De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum, Ports of Sino-Rus­sian Bi­lat­eral De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum, Sea Cargo Trans­port Co­op­er­a­tion De­vel­op­ment of Rus­sia, Ja­pan, South Korea and China Fo­rum and the In­ter­na­tional Trade En­ter­prises Pro­cure­ment Match­mak­ing Sym­po­sium. Dong Wenya con­trib­uted to this story.

YANG YONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Rus­sian trav­el­ers shop in Suifenhe, the host city of the up­com­ing port-themed trade fair.

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