: The Indian team led by Shri Biswajit Singh, Hon’ble Commerce and Industry Minister attended the 2017 South & Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (2017 SSACEIF) at Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Centre today. The Minister was accompanied by Dr.Ranjan Singh, Hon’ble Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Shri L.Lakher, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industry, Shri M.Luikham, Director Commerce and industry, Smt. L.Inunganbi Devi, Corporator Imphal Municipal Corporation ward no 18, Shri L.Bashanta Sharma, Coordinator to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur, Shri Chandrakishore Singh, Shri Rajen ,Shri Rk.Sherjit Singh from North East Federation on International Trade Development, Manipur Chapter.

The 2017 SSACEIF is organised under the theme of “Creating new opportunities for new development.” The 2017 SSACEIF aims at showcasing commodities from South and Southeast Asia countries, promoting cooperation between China and these countries.      The event is committed to enhance shared vision and development of countries and regions engaged in the Belt and Road Initiative through facilitating policy communications, infrastructure connectivity, trade flows, capital circulation and people to people exchanges.

The 2017 SSACEIF is co-sponsored by China Chamber of International Commerce, South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ASEAN-China-South Asia Expo and Kunming Import and Export Fair Secretariat. The event is co-hosted by Yunan International Expositions Bureau, Yunan Provincial Department of Commerce, Yunan Provincial Bureau of China promotion of investment & cooperation, Yunan Chapter of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)and Yunan People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

With an exhibition area of about 170,000 sq m, the 2017 SSACEIF has 8000 standard exhibition booths in 17 pavilions including ceremonial and cultural events and countries of honours and guest of  honour pavilions, South Asia pavilions, two ASEAN pavilions, international production capacity cooperation pavilion, manufacturing industry pavilion, health and marine biopharmaceutical pavilion, tourism pavilion, South Asia & international sister cities pavilion, China Taiwan pavilion, China pavilion, highland agriculture pavilion, electromechanical equipment pavilion and stone crafting pavilion.

In the meantime, two pavilions are used for 2017 Kunming -South Asia  International wood culture expo.

Thematic pavilions account for 50percent among all the pavilions. These pavilions attracted advanced enterprises with high standard, distinctive feature and good quality from China and abroad according to their own characteristics.

51 countries are participating in the 2017 SSACEIF. Over 4000 enterprises opening booths with 41.2 percent of them being from abroad. Moreover, “Rotating chair country” and “Country of honour” systems are adopted in the China – South Asia Business Forum.

The Indian team today participated in an international organisations’ meet invited by one of the co-host CCPIT, Yunnan branch and joined a discussion on suggestions for investment for the growth of trade and commerce not only between China and the South East Asian countries but also with other countries of the world

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