KATHMANDU, Oct 23: Yunnan International Exposition Affairs Bureau and Nepal-China Executives Council have announced to organize the China-South Asia Expo in Kathmandu from November 2 through 5. This is the first time the expo is being held outside China.
The exhibition showcasing goods from China and South Asian countries used to be organized in Kunming of China only.
This event, regarded as a cultural and economic bridge for the region, aims at promoting regional communications, building the regional influence of China-South Asia Expo, expanding presence and influence of businesses of Yunnan's participating administrative division (Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture), and building a larger platform of cooperation and exchanges, according to a press release issued by the Secretariat of China-South Asia Expo.
The expo will have a total exhibition area of 3,300 square meters with 150 standard booths, apart from dedicated pavilions to showcase images and build the brands of participating companies and regions from China and South Asia. Nepali entrepreneurs are also taking part in the expo.
A discussion on 'Belt and Road: Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs' and 'China-South Asia Expo Workshop' are some of the events being held on the sidelines of the expo.
This regional event, being organized since 2003, is believed to facilitate policy coordination between the countries and translate complementary advantages into common growth of the entire region.
Head of the China-South Asia Expo Executive Committee, Gao Shuxun, who is also former vice-governor of China's Yunnan Province, will lead the Chinese delegation of the expo to Kathmandu. More than 100 Chinese businessmen will be present at the expo. Twenty-one of them will debut at the special pavilions spread over 324 square meters, and the rest will showcase their products at standard booths.
The companies showing their products and services includes energy, investment, mineral development, electronic and information technology, bio pharmaceuticals, culture, tourism promotion, home appliance, tea production, native produces, handicrafts, ethnic costumes, food processing machines, food packaging machines and so on.
Nepal and other South Asian countries will mainly showcase gems and jewelry, leather products, garments, tea, coffee, shoes, tourism products and handicrafts at the expo.
During the expo, Diqing Prefecture of Yunnan Province will stage an on-site tourism promotion event along with folk song and dance performance. Jilin Provincial Department of Commerce will bring representative enterprises and commercial delegations to the expo, to match more buyers and exhibitors.
The event, which is also the first overseas exhibition organized by Yunnan Province, is regarded an attempt of implementing the reform of China's exhibition industry in accordance with relevant national and provincial development guidelines.
Earlier, the Nepal-China Executives Council had organized annual China Trade Fair from 2005-2009 and South Asia-China Trade Fair in 2010 and 2011 in Kathmandu.