The China Guangdong 21ST Century Maritime Silk Road Expo will kick off on Oct. 31. Yesterday (Oct 28), a media delegation of 22 foreign reporters from countries in Europe and along the Maritime Silk Road met with the organizers of the expo in Guangzhou.
“The expo will build a new platform to boost Guangdong’s cooperation with countries along Maritime Silk Road, especially the ASEAN, in areas of e-commerce, trade, investment, tourism and personnel exchanges”, said Mr. Wu Jun, Secretary General of the organizing committee.
Guangdong contributed about a quarter of China’s import and export in 2013. Hong Kong, US, EU, ASEAN are its important partners. According to the statistics, the total volume of export and import between Guangdong and ASEAN increased from 55.96 billion dollars in 2007 to 102.21 billion dollars in 2013. The average growth rate per annum is 10.6 percent. The investment from ASEAN countries rose to 1.15 billion dollars in 2013 from 560 million dollars in 2007. Guangdong’s investment in ASEAN countries reached 290 million dollars in 2013, which increased from 20 million dollars in 2007.
The media delegation will attend the opening ceremony of the expo in Dongguan city, after visiting Guangzhou and Foshan.
Appendix: Guangdong's imports and expots with ASEAN (Unit: Billion USD)