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The second China-CEEC Expo was concluded in Ningbo on June 11. Could you brief us on the outcomes of the Expo and the measures to be taken to push forward the trade and economic cooperation between China and CEE countries?(2021-06-17)

The second China-CEEC Expo was successfully held in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province from June 8 to 11. As the first large event since the China-CEEC Summit under the cooperation mechanism between China and CEE countries, the Expo has yielded fruitful outcomes in the following aspects:

First, the exhibition area has been expanded. Covering an exhibition area of over 200,000 square meters, this Expo has attracted numerous exhibitors with diversified products. A total of 425 companies or agents from CEE countries, over 7000 buyers and purchase groups from 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions have joined the Expo. Second, the exhibition and trading events have been quite active. During the Expo, a total of RMB7.463 billion worth of purchase intention from CEE countries was reached, with food, beverages, alcohol, cosmetics, personal care products and commodities becoming the most popular among consumers. Third, this Expo has been combined with colorful supporting events. The China-CEEC dialogue mechanism on e-commerce cooperation and the China-CEEC alliance in the public health industry, as proposed by President Xi Jinping at the China -CEEC Summit this February, were officially launched during the Expo. In addition to that, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the General Administration of Customs, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and other departments held more than 20 activities during the Expo, including forums, economic and trade negotiations and cultural exchanges.

This Expo has built a vital platform for China and CEE countries to jointly tackle the challenges of COVID-19 and promote economic recovery and development. It has helped the Chinese market deepen understanding about the products of CEE countries, boosted their confidence in working with China, strengthened their impetus to expand exports to China, and pushed for relevant parties to further tap into the cooperation potential on a broader scale.

In the next step, MOFCOM will keep capitalizing on the dividends of the China-CEEC Expo, focus on expanding imports from CEE countries and support Ningbo and other places in developing China-CEEC trade and economic cooperation demonstration zones. We will endeavor to unleash the potential of trade and economic cooperation between the two sides, and work with CEE countries to share in development opportunities and expand cooperation in the pursuit of common development. Thank you.