The 130th China Import and Export Fair, better known as the Canton Fair, will kick off on October 15 in both online and offline formats for the first time in its history.
The promotion seminar of the 130th Canton Fair (Photo: Canton Fair)
Representatives of foreign institutions in China expressed their views on the upcoming Canton Fair during a promotional seminar held in Guangzhou on September 7th.
Canton Fair is a road to friendship and a bridge to trade between China and the world: H.E. Rahma Abdulrahman Alshamsi, Consul General of the UAE in Guangzhou
"The Canton Fair has witnessed friendly economic and cultural exchanges between China and the other parts of the world, and has become a road to friendship and a bridge to trade, connecting Chinese and foreign business communities," H.E. Rahma Abdulrahman Alshamsi said.
H.E. Rahma Abdulrahman Alshamsi, Consul General of the UAE in Guangzhou (Photo: Canton Fair)
H.E. Rahma Abdulrahman Alshamsi thinks that Canton Fair is the largest comprehensive international trade event of its kind. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Canton Fair has been staged online since its 127th event in order to guarantee the safe and smooth operation of the international industrial and supply chains and to stabilize foreign trade and investment.
The upcoming 130th Canton Fair, which will open in an online and offline merged format this year, "demonstrates the great importance China attaches to the participation of foreign business communities."
Canton Fair is an excellent platform for Russia to do business with China, especially for SMEs: Mr. Alexey Fedotov, the Chairman of China Branch of Russia-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
Mr. Fedotov attended the Canton Fair in 2006 for the first time and had attended nearly 30 sessions in person before the pandemic. He holds that Canton Fair can provide thoughtful services for important and professional buyers, playing a significant role for the import and export of Chinese goods.
Mr. Alexey Fedotov, the Chairman of China Branch of Russia-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (Photo: Canton Fair)
"Enterprises can learn how to do business with China here, such as information about finance, law and logistics," he said. "The Canton Fair is also an excellent platform for Russia to do business with China, especially for SMEs."
Fedotov also stresses that the China Branch of Russia-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs will continue to help Russian entrepreneurs learn more about Canton Fair so that they can make full use of the platform.
Canton Fair has been very instrumental to the growth of the U.S.-China business: Harley Seyedin, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in South China
This is the first time that the event will be held in both online and offline formats. "The combination of the two is only going to enable people around the world to buy the products they need," said Seyedin.
Harley Seyedin, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in South China (Photo: chinaxiaokang.com)
"We are excited because we need to see these products, and we can attend in person, since we are here, we have thousands of members who are here, who buy all year round and who can actually attend, feel, touch and see the products available this year."
Seyedin also believes that Canton Fair serves as an important tool for the China-U.S. trade since it allows business people from these two countries to work together and support each other in terms of technology, products and services that help people lead a better life and overcome the current crises people face.
Speaking of the influence that COVID-19 has on the Fair, Seyedin pointed out that "Chinese government has done an excellent job in actually keeping COVID-19 at bay." The country has taken precautions and safety measures across the board with testing services available twenty-four hours a day. Therefore, he believes that there will be a very successful and safe Canton Fair.
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