To conclude its role as a country of honour at the China-Asean expo in Nanning, China, the Cambodian delegation held a gala dinner attended by prominent public and private sector personalities.
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Speaking at the dinner, Pan Sorasak, the Minister of Commerce, emphasised the importance of trade and economic relations with China and reiterated the significance of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Beijing.
“The China-Asean Expo has grown in size and I hope it keeps growing from the 200 stores and more than 900 companies that participated this year. This is an increase of 25 percent.
“In addition, tourism is also thriving with 1.3 million Chinese tourist visiting Cambodia last year and for the first eight months of this year, inbound tourists from China surpassed the 1.5 million mark,” Mr Sorasak said.
He said that two million Chinese tourists will visit the Kingdom this year, furthering cementing cultural and tourism growth.
“There are also many Chinese investors, who came and invested in Cambodia in a multitude of sectors. These range from foreign direct investments, official development assistance, bilateral assistance and development projects. They are also very involved in uplifting our agricultural production output and capacity in products such as rice, cashew nuts, cassava and other agricultural products in addition to the building of a large special economic zone.
“Their involvement in Cambodia can be seen from the variety of products sold and exhibited here in Nanning, originating from Cambodia,” he added.
The expo also features ‘The Household Goods Industry trade fair” aimed at consolidating the relationship between China and Asean and promoting cooperation between both sides in various fields.
The expo displayed products like machinery and equipment, electronics and electrical appliances, light industrial products and handicrafts, agro-based products and foodstuffs, investment cooperation projects, high-tech products.
The China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO) was co-sponsored by ministries/department of commerce, industry and trade of China and the 10 Asean member states as well as the Asean Secretariat.
It was organized by the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. With this 15th session, CAEXPO has grown into an event of special international influence and plays an important role in promoting the China-Asean friendly cooperation and in the building of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
The expo’s main focus was on innovation and emphasised on upgrading the manufacturing sector in China and in Asean countries. This year was about popularising advanced information and smart technologies, strengthening bilateral cooperation in industrial capacity (building) and equipment manufacturing.
The 15th CAEXPO also saw more high-tech products showcased and more promotion and business matching events for mobilizing and supporting leading Chinese enterprises to invest in Asean countries.
“All of these initiatives are geared to develop better integrated industrial and value chains that will boost growth and deliver more widely shared benefits within the China-Asean region and beyond,” Mr Sorasak said.
The China-Cambodia friendship gala dinner was held at Wanda Plaza, Nanning. The ambiance of the night was relaxing with soothing local music by the Chinese musicians while the launch of the expo itself showcased Cambodian cultural and traditional dances.