Convention seeks to boost trade ties
THE 13th China-ASEAN Expo is underway in Nanning, with over 138 exhibits being presented by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
Some 112 of Myanmar’s stallholders at the convention are showcasing jade and jewellery-related products. Also on show are finished products made from Myanmar timber, as well as pulses and fruits.
The number of Myanmar companies represented at this year’s expo is higher than ever before, say attendees.
“I participate in the ChinaASEAN Expo every year. This year, we have more exhibits,” said Daw Khin Moe Phyu, owner of Linn Yaung Chi jewellery company.
Despite a reported general downturn in demand for jade, Daw Khin Moe Phyu said she is optimistic about the market for gems at this year’s convention.
“I think the gem jewellery will be sold more this year than the years before. All of the owners of exhibits including me sold many products [at past exhibitions],” she said.
Myanmar joins other ASEAN nations - including Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam - in participating at the event, which is being held from September 11 to 14 in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The Myanmar Fishery Federation, as well as fish breeders, importers and exporters, are taking part in the event for the first time.
Vice President U Myint Swe and Union Minister for the Ministry of Commerce Dr Than Myint attended the event, along with officials from the UMFCCI.
– Translation by Win Thaw Tar