Opportunities for connectivity, communication, and trade with Latin American and Caribbean countries will be presented at the first China-Latin America & Caribbean International Exposition from Nov 9 to 11 in Zhuhai.
With economic and trade cooperation at its core, the first-of-its-kind fair is to be held at the International Convention & Exhibition Center in Shizimen Central Business District of the Hengqin Free Trade Zone.
Themed "Bosom Friends Make Distance Disappear," the expo will bring traders together at its 30,000-sq-m exhibition area for technology exchange, business talks, and product displays in services, investment, finance, and tourism, among other fields.
Scheduled events include cooperation forums, business summits, a product trade fair, investment networking, and cultural exchanges.
Up to 500 enterprises, including 250 from overseas and 188 from within China are expected to exhibit. Hong Kong will put 75 of its most representative businesses on display, and 25 Macao leading firms should take part. The scope of the exhibition will be extended with participation of other competitive international companies that have trade ties with Latin America.
According to the organizing committee, 26 of 33 countries in Latin America will be represented by firms and business associations. They include Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala which do not have diplomatic relations with China. Ten Latin American countries will be displayed in national pavilions with four provinces and states in the region making a group presentation.
China-Latin America Economic & Trade Cooperation Park [Photo courtesy Zhuhai Daily]
A total of 40,000 visitors have registered for the three-day event -- opening and business day on Nov 9 and public days on Nov 10-11.
The 15,000-sq-m Latin America Specialty Exhibition Area will mount a comprehensive display of agricultural, health and medical, mineral resources, and cultural tourism products and services. The area will include the Main Guest National Pavilion.
The China-LAC Cooperation Exhibition Area will occupy 5,000 sq m for demonstrations of Latin American economic and trade achievements by key domestic enterprises outside Guangdong.
Leading businesses from Zhuhai, Hong Kong, and Macao will be featured at the 10,000-sq-m dedicated area for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Similar cooperation projects will also be spotlighted. In addition, the exhibition place contains the 1,000-sq-m China National Pavilion.
High-profile exhibitors include Sociedad Química y Minerva de Chile (SQM), a Chilean international chemical company; Copa Airlines, the flag carrier of Panama; China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), the largest offshore oil & gas producer in China; and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the world’s 3rd largest oil company.