Over 400 firms for Chinese expo in Sharjah
Sharjah, April 28, 2011
More than 400 leading enterprises from 15 Chinese cities will introduce comprehensive and cost-effective products and technology at an upcoming event in Sharjah.
The 10th edition of Chinese Commodities Fair Sharjah (CCFS) will be hosted from December 5 to 8 by Expo Centre Sharjah.
To celebrate the landmark edition, the show will turn into a “Chinese cities’ expo” – where the exhibition area will be divided into several zones, showcasing the culture, resources and business opportunities of 10 Chinese cities.
The first China-Arab City Co-operation Forum will be launched during the exhibition with the theme “Economic interaction between cities”.
“China has been a key partner in the Sharjah’s strategic thrust to boost the development of the Emirate’s business sector and attract more foreign investment,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, director-general of Expo Centre Sharjah.
“CCFS has been acting as a catalyst to enhance our trade ties and this has resulted in increased trade volumes and more visits by businessmen and trade delegations,” he added.
Over 600 booths at the event will introduce thousands of high quality products to the UAE market, including machinery and electronics, vehicle and components, food and food products, advanced building materials and equipment, native specialties, furniture and household appliances, textile and clothes, sports equipment, and health and medical equipment, according to a statement.
“The success of the past nine editions and the massive build-up for the landmark 10th edition of the Chinese Commodities Fair Sharjah demonstrates the robust trade relations between the UAE and China. Each edition of the show has left its mark in the economic sphere of both the countries and the coming edition will be no different,” said Hussein Al Mahmoudi, director-general of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“The ‘Chinese cities’ theme and the ‘China-Arab City Co-operation Forum’ will be among the slew of new events and activities planned for the coming edition of the show,” Al Midfa added.
The 10 Chinese cities will feature local products and investment opportunities, and showcase their high-potential tourism and green energy industries to Middle East investors. Varied architectures, natural resources and lifestyle of participating cities would also be on show.
The China-Arab City Co-operation Forum will establish a platform to share expertise and opportunities. The forum will invite participants from government departments, associations and enterprises from both sides.
For the past nine editions, CCFS has witnessed the participation of over 4,000 Chinese enterprises and attracted 250,000 trade visitors from 67 countries. The total trade generated by all editions of the fair amounted to $3.31 billion.
“Being the most effective and prominent platform targeting the Middle East market, CCFS has introduced a variety of Chinese products with high quality and low costs to the UAE, helping establish extensive connections between GCC importers and Chinese enterprises,” said Leslie Zhao, vice president, Chinamex Middle East Investment & Trade Promotion Center.
“CCFS will continue to play a sustained positive role in enhancing co-operation and friendship between China and the Arab World,” he added.
“Machinery and electronics, textile, vehicle components and light industrial goods are among the best-selling Chinese products, which will all be displayed at CCFS. Building materials and heavy machinery are also major focus areas due to the growing demand of urban infrastructure in the UAE,” said Patrick Zheng, general manager, China Machinery & Electronic Products Exhibition Center.
China will also showcase its abundant tourism resources at the show. In 2010, China had become the third largest country for inbound tourism and fourth largest country for outbound travel and consumption, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service