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Beijing kicks off CIIE countdown by appointing business delegates

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CIIE: Beijing kicks off countdown by appointing business delegates for first import expo after zero-Covid policy exit

Government-led delegations will play a major role in buying goods and services, CIIE Bureau official saysOrganiser says 3,000 exhibitors will display their latest products and services at this year’s event, but does not reveal a target deal size for the expoElectric & new energy vehiclesDaniel Renin ShanghaiPublished: 7:15pm, 15 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Beijing has mobilised 39 business delegations to ensure the purchase of goods and services at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai in November, in its latest effort to maintain strong economic ties with foreign businesses and head off any chance of a decoupling with the West.The organisers of CIIE, the world’s largest import trade fair, said on Friday they would invite “more buyers that are welcomed by the exhibitors” to spur transactions during the six-day event, which will be held without China’s strict anti-coronavirus pandemic curbs for the first time since 2019.

China’s ministry of commerce has also asked 500 key companies to host business meetings with foreign exhibitors in the hope that huge purchase deals can be concluded at the expo, which runs from November 5 to 10 and will be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre.

“Government-led delegations will play a major role [in buying goods and services],” said Yang Bo, an official with the CIIE Bureau, which is part of the commerce ministry. “We will also partner with more companies in different industries to promote businesses.”

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