One hundred companies in China International Import Expo presentation Release date:2018-01-25

THE DIPLOMAT-More than a hundred Chinese and Spanish companies and institutions attended yesterday at CEOE’s headquarters in Madrid the presentation of the China International Import Expo (CIIE), which will be held from November 5 to 10 in the city of Shanghai.

The meeting, in whose organization Casa Asia also participated, was preceded by the signing of a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in projects of common interest, which was signed by the vice president of CEOE and president of CEIM, Juan Pablo Lázaro, and by the deputy director General of the Department of Europe of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOSCOM), Zhai Qian.

Lazaro stressed that the exhibition represents a great opportunity for Spanish companies that want to market their products, technologies and services in one of the most thriving markets in the world. For his part, Zhai Qian stressed that it is the first promotional event of the Fair that takes place worldwide.

In the presentation, in addition to Zhai Qian, participated the president of the Committee for Asia and Oceania of CEOE, Tomás González; the Assistant Deputy Director General for Trade Policy with Europe, Asia and Oceania at the Secretary of State for Trade, Jann Emonet; the ambassador of China to Spain, Lyu Fan; the director of Industrial Technology and Professional Services at ICEX, Íñigo Gil-Casares; the Director of Business Development of Exhibitors of the Bureau of CIIE, Gao Zhiqiang; and the director of the Office of the President of CEOE, Narciso Casado.

The event, which was presented at CEOE headquarters, will be held in November in Shanghai

Tomás González pointed out that Spanish companies have a lot to offer to Chinese buyers, not only in sectors such as agri-food, fashion, luxury products, health and capital goods; but also in education, tourism and sport.

Jann Emomnet indicated that Spain is a very attractive destination for Chinese investments, as it represents a gateway to Europe, Africa and Latin America.

The Chinese ambassador, Lyu Fan, said that the exhibition wants to promote economic globalization and contribute to the construction of the Belt and Road.

For his part, Zhai Qian reported that the exhibition is expected to attend more than 100 leaders and more than 1,000 foreign companies, as well as more than 150,000 buyers of various levels and sectors. He also explained that the participants will have support policies, such as strengthening the intellectual protection of companies or a 20% discount if they register before January 31.

Íñigo Gil-Casares indicated that Spain will move a business delegation to the expo, led by the Secretary of State for Trade, Marisa Poncela.