CIIE Media Briefing held jointly by Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office in Singapore and Singapore Business Federation Release date:2018-02-22

On February 22, 2018, the China International Import Expo Media Briefing was held jointly by the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Singapore and Singapore Business Federation. Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth of Singapore, Zhong Manying, a minister-counsellor in Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Singapore, and Teo Siong Seng, Chairman of Singapore Business Federation (BSF), attended and made speeches respectively. More than 10 media agencies participated in and actively reported this Briefing, including Lianhe Zaobao, The Straits Times, The Business Times, Bloomberg News, Singapore Eye, Singapore Tong, and Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, China Radio International, and Economic Daily.

Zhong Manying indicated in her speech that to hold China International Import Expo (CIIE) themed with “import” was a great decision made by China in promoting a new round of high-level opening up to the outside world, as well as a major initiative developed by China in actively opening Chinese market to the world. It should meet the self-development needs of China as well as the common development needs of the world. She stressed that CIIE would be an important platform for pushing Sino-Singapore economic and trade cooperation up to a new level, an effective channel for facilitating Singaporean enterprises and products to deeply develop international market, and a rare opportunity for developing Sino-Singapore cooperation in the “Belt and Road”. Chinese government would sincerely invite Singaporean politicians, business community and enterprises to participate in the CIIE and take various measures to provide necessary assistance for them.

Sim Ann spoke highly of the CIIE to be held in China and said that Singapore would actively participate in the CIIE to share market opportunities. She pointed out that internationalization was an important driving force for Singapore's economic growth and the Singapore government had issued a series of preferential policies to encourage enterprises to participate in international exhibitions. She encouraged Singaporean enterprises to actively participate in the CIIE and continuously develop the Chinese market. In her opinion, Singapore and China may take advantage of the CIIE platform to further deepen the cooperation between the two countries in the “Belt and Road” and promote further progress in “South Transport Corridor” and other projects.

Teo Siong Seng said that China was the most prospective market for Singaporean enterprises outside the ASEAN. The CIIE should be given the top priority for the business cooperation between Singapore and China this year, and would be a good platform for Singaporean enterprises to go deep into the Chinese market. SBF, as the exclusive Singaporean exhibition organizer appointed by the MTI, would attach great importance to all participation matters of Singaporean enterprises and do its best to provide good services. Therefore, he hoped that with their own advantages, Singaporean enterprises would actively participate in and promote the CIIE and seize this opportunity for developing Chinese market and achieving business internationalization.

At the Briefing, Sim Ann, Zhong Manying and Teo Siong Seng answered the media’s questions about facilitation measures for CIIE, participation arrangements of Singaporean enterprises, the advantages of Singapore’s products, etc., respectively. The representatives from business associations also participated in this Briefing, including Roland Ng San Tiong, President of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sunny Koh, Deputy President of Singapore Manufacturing Federation, and Qiu Peiqi, Vice President of the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises of Singapore.

After the Briefing, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Singapore and the SBF held a work conference to discuss the next-step arrangements for publicity and exhibitor invitation of the CIIE.