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Thursday, September 21 2017 - 11:55
Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo Attracts Hundreds of Overseas Enterprises
DONGGUAN, China, Sept. 21, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet /--

On September 21, over 1,600 enterprises from 56 countries and regions came with 
a fascinating mix of products including Russian honey, Polish dairy products, 
Vietnam coffee and Spanish olive for showcasing at 2017 Guangdong 21st Century 
Maritime Silk Road International Expo in Dongguan, Guangdong, seeking to 
promote cultural exchanges and commercial cooperation. 

The Expo, an important platform for Guangdong to contribute to China's Belt and 
Road Initiative, has been held for four straight years. According to the 
organizing committee, this year's Expo is the biggest ever held as it covers an 
area of 100,000 m2, up from 70,000 m2 last year. And the event has attracted 
1,134 overseas exhibitors, accounting for over 60 percent of a total of 1682 
exhibitors. The newcomers this year are enterprises from Iran, Romania, Russia 
and Mongolia. 

In addition, the Expo attracts trade associations from over 30 countries and 
regions, including South Africa, Vietnam and Malaysia, a number of national 
chambers of commerce such as China General Chamber of Commerce, China Commerce 
Association for General Merchandise, as well as multinational retailing giants 
like Walmart and Carrefour. The organizing committee estimated that the number 
of professional buyers participating in this year's event would exceed 30,000.

This year's Expo consists of one theme exhibition and six professional 
exhibitions. It is worth noting that showcasing of the cooperation between 
Guangdong and island countries in the South Pacific and the successful outcomes 
achieved in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, has been added to the 
theme exhibition for the first time. This aims to highlight Guangdong's role 
and progress as an essential part of the Belt and Road Initiative and presents 
commercial opportunities for enterprises. The Expo has evolved into a strong 
driver for trade and cultural exchanges during the past four years as it gives 
countries along the Maritime Silk Road full access to channels and information 
in terms of investment, exchanges and cooperation, said Wang Yongqing, deputy 
director of the provincial information office. Data released by the organizing 
committee indicates that last year's Expo attracted a crowd of 139,000 
audiences, and signed 700 deals, totaling 206.8 billion yuan.

The Expo will be held till September 24, at the Guangdong Modern International 
Exhibition Center, Dongguan city. It presents not only investment and 
cooperation opportunities for infrastructure projects of countries and regions 
along the Maritime Silk Road, but also the development of the city's high-tech 
industries and cross-border e-commerce platforms. In the meantime, six 
professional exhibitions are included in an effort to display the tourism, 
culture, delicacies and farm produce along the Maritime Silk Road, and to 
demonstrate international architectural decoration and engineering machinery, 

Source: The Organizing Committee of Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road 
International Expo