At the opening press conference of the Canton Fair held on the 14th, Xu Bing, a spokesman for the China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair), said that the number of exhibitors from countries and regions along the “Belt and Road” continued to increase, and the number exceeded 60% of the import exhibition area. It should be noted that although there are positive factors, due to many adverse factors, the foreign trade situation is still grim, and the situation of buyers at the meeting is not optimistic.
The Canton Fair is held in Guangzhou every spring and autumn, and is known as the "barometer" and "wind vane" of China's foreign trade. The 119th Canton Fair will open on April 15. Xu Bing said that the overall exhibition structure and booth arrangement of the current Canton Fair remained stable, with a total exhibition area of 1.18 million square meters, a total of 60,233 booths, and 24,514 exhibitors from home and abroad. This session of the Canton Fair will continue to set up import exhibition areas in the first and third phases, with a total exhibition area of 20,000 square meters, a total of 990 booths, a total of 6 exhibit areas, and a total of 610 companies from 48 countries and regions to participate.
The professional level of the Canton Fair continued to improve. According to Xu Bing, this session of the Canton Fair will continue to promote the specialization of advanced products. Starting from procurement needs, a total of 124 exhibition areas will be set up in 27 exhibition areas, an increase of 10 from the previous session. Among them, the bicycle and motorcycle exhibition area was established for the first time. And continue to optimize the exhibition area of building materials, hardware, clothing, textile fabrics and other exhibition areas.
The number of exhibitors and the number of booths in the “Belt and Road” countries and regions exceeded 60% of the exhibition area. According to the data provided by the organizers of the Canton Fair, a total of 33 374 companies from countries and regions along the “Belt and Road” participated in the Canton Fair, with 654 booths, accounting for 61% of the number of exhibitors in the import zone and 66% of the total number of booths. Compared with the previous Canton Fair, it has increased.
The foreign trade situation is grim. Xu Bing said that although China's foreign trade data improved in March, the downward trend of foreign trade has not changed, and the foreign trade situation is grim. Although this session of the Canton Fair meets favorable factors such as the purchasing season in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa, and the increase in the number of participating companies in countries and regions along the Belt and Road, there are also many cross-border e-commerce, political turbulence in the Middle East, Zika virus, and many other Uncertain factors, the situation of buyers attending the meeting is not optimistic.
|Manuscript source: Xinhuanet|