NSW signs on for China International Import Expo
14 May 2018
NSW Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair has met with a delegation from China responsible for the organisation of the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai in November 2018.
'The NSW Government welcomes the CIIE and its aims of fostering closer economic trade relations and further opening China’s market to the world,' Mr Blair said.
The Expo was first announced by Chinese President Xi JinPing in May 2017 as part of a major policy initiative to open up the Chinese market to import more products that are competitive and in demand.
Mr Blair, who plans to lead a delegation of NSW companies to the Expo, said the government was working hard to ensure that NSW was well represented at the event which will host over 100 countries and an estimated 150,000 domestic and foreign purchasers.
'The huge increase in China’s middle class is opening unprecedented opportunities for NSW businesses – particularly in sectors such as high quality food and beverages, as well as health related products, and in services exports such as tourism and education.'
After the meeting at Parliament House the Minister witnessed a signing ceremony involving NSW based companies and organisations including Australia Post, Blackmores, Metcash, the University of NSW and the NSW Business Chamber.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Australia (CCCA) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CIIE organisers to recruit Australian companies to attend the CIIE. This MoU allows Australian companies that express interest in exhibiting at the CIIE through the CCCA to gain a 36% discount.
The department and Austrade have agreed to cooperate through both an email invitation campaign and targeted recruitment calls as well as direct outreach companies interested in registering to the CCCA registration platform.
NSW companies can check eligibility and apply at the CCCA website. Registration closes on 30 June 2018.