The First China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo

POSTED Jun 7, 2019 BY Evelyn Zhang

This new JobnetAfrica blog is written by guest blogger Evelyn Zhang.

Since China is very active on the business front in Africa and at JobnetAfrica we also notice there is more demand for Mandarin speakers, we found this article very interesting and we hope you do too.


The first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo will be launched in June

China will hold the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo in Hunan from June 18th to 20th this year to strengthen cooperation in manufacturing and agriculture.

The China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo is the first initiative of the first “Industry Promotion Action” of Sino-African “Eight Actions” in the next three years. It is also the only economic and trade activity platform under the China-Africa Cooperation Forum mechanism, which will be held every two years.

Li Chenggang, Assistant Minister of Commerce of China, said at the press conference held in Beijing on the 9th that the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo will be established under the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, aiming to create a new mechanism for Sino-African economic cooperation and further strengthen the Sino-African economic and trade cooperation in the new era to promote the development of China-Africa economic and trade cooperation to a higher level and higher quality.

The fair is located in Changsha, Hunan, because of the high degree of industrial structure between the local and African countries, and the deep feelings of the people. The first expo will showcase the products of key enterprises who have a business relationship with Africa, including agricultural products processing, electronic information and intelligent manufacturing, energy and power, light textile building materials, engineering machinery and many other fields. Many well-known enterprises, such as HXJQ, actively responded and participated.


Create a never-ending fair

Luo Jianjun, the inspector of the Office of the Hunan Provincial Government, said that the conference will host 14 events, which are respectively “one opening ceremony, four seminars, three economic and trade fairs, three professional forums and three supporting activities.” Among them, the opening ceremony will invite relevant officials from China and African countries to deliver speeches, relevant experts and scholars to speak, and hold major project signing ceremony. The China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation and Development Seminar, the China-Africa Infrastructure and Financing Cooperation Dialogue, the China-Africa Bilateral Trade Promotion Seminar, and the China-Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone Development Seminar will be held. The three trade fairs include the African countries' investment cooperation promotion conference, the participating provinces and municipalities' investment and cooperation to Africa promotion conferences and the China-Africa economic and trade cooperation consultation. The 2019 China-Africa Private Economic Cooperation Forum, co-sponsored by the National Federation of Industry and Commerce and the Hunan Provincial People's Government, the second China-Africa Development Finance Forum hosted by the China Development Bank, the International Rice Forum, hosted by the Changsha Municipal People's Government, will also be held concurrently.

Luo Jianjun introduced that the exhibition will show six exhibition areas including the China-Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation Achievements Exhibition Area, the African National Exhibition Area, the Case Program Exhibition Area, the China Provincial and Municipal Exhibition Area, the Enterprise Exhibition Area, and the Online Expo Exhibition Area, totaling 43,000 square meters. Among them, in the African national exhibition area, 53 African countries that have established diplomatic relations with China will set up independent exhibition halls; in the provinces and autonomous regions of China, 28 provinces and municipalities will set up independent exhibition halls. In addition, an online expo will be held to establish an “African Commodities Exhibition and Sales Center” in the Gaoqiao Market in Hunan Province, which will display high-quality products of African countries for a long time, creating a never-ending expo.


Make China-Africa business easier


“Make China-Africa business easier.” Xu Xiangping, director of the Provincial Department of Commerce, said that Hunan will actively build bridges and platforms for China-Africa business cooperation, provide high-quality and efficient services, and help enterprises explore the African market. They will organize enterprises to actively participate in various small and medium-sized exhibitions, matchmaking meetings, promotion meetings and other activities held in Africa. The government will open Hunan-Africa direct flights, set up China-Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation Research Institute, forge online expo and China-Africa economic and trade digital platform, build a trade cooperation project information base for China-Africa business, prepare for the China-Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation Promotion Association, and build an economic and trade cooperation zone in key countries. What’s more, they also will establish a business representative office, build a network information service platform for “Xiang enterprise to go out +”, establish a comprehensive foreign trade service platform and a financial guarantee platform for going out, build an African commodity display and trading center of Gaoqiao Market, and a multi-level and three-dimensional cooperation system. Hunan will focus on agriculture, mining, trade, infrastructure construction, construction machinery, electronics, textile clothing, park investment and other advantage areas of Hunan, and encourage Hunan enterprises to form industrial cooperation alliances for going out.


Attracting more than a thousand African guests to attend


All walks of life at home and abroad pay close attention to the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo. The participation of all parties was enthusiastic, and the number of registered guests exceeded expectations. So far, 1,388 guests from 53 African countries have signed up and confirmed their participation; international organizations such as the United Nations agencies in China, the African Union, the World Trade Organization, the International Trade Center, and the Gates Fund have signed up for the conference. Domestically, 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities (including Hunan), Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, 4 planned single-ranking cities, 16 first-class central enterprises, and more than 100 central enterprise subsidiaries or holding companies, and nearly 800 key industry enterprises will attend or participate in the exhibition. Six provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities intend to hold promotion conferences for investment and cooperation with Africa. It is expected that the number of professional buyers will reach more than 5,000.

In terms of project cooperation, as of May 30, a total of 233 cooperation projects were collected, amounting to approximately US$74.7 billion. The project covers central enterprises, state-owned enterprises, and non-cooperative key private enterprises, covering 39 African countries including Uganda, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Congo, Kenya, etc., involving investment, trade, engineering contracting and other categories.


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