Con­ven­tion seeks to boost trade ties

The Myanmar Times - - Business - CHAN MYA HTWE chan­myahtwe@mm­times.com

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

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