He spoke highly of Xi’s proposal of the BRI and his
efforts in promoting the FOCAC, calling them
"China’s important contribution to world peace and
Kenya is ready to work with
China in safeguarding multilateralism and the free
trade system and contribute to the building of a
community with a shared future for humanity, said
40-trillion-dollar "big import cake"
SHANGHAI China (Xinhua)
-- Chinese President Xi
Jinping said Monday that China’s imported goods and
services are estimated to exceed 30 trillion U.S.
dollars and 10 trillion U.S. dollars respectively in
the next 15 years.
Xi made the remarks when delivering a keynote
speech at the opening ceremony of the first China
International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, which
has attracted a total of 172 countries, regions and
international organizations from five continents to
showcase their development achievements.
At the CIIE, the world’s first import-themed
national-level expo, more than 3,600 companies from
different countries are present, bringing more than
5,000 new products to over 400,000 purchasers from
China and overseas.
Imported goods on the list of China’s "big cake"
of imports include high-end products, such as
numerically-controlled machine tools, intelligent
terminals, precision medical equipment, advanced
vehicles and civil aircraft.
Other imports are goods related to daily
consumption, personal electronics, farm produce,
food, wine, clothing, cosmetics and medicine.
Meanwhile, China is taking solid steps to advance
opening-up in the service sector, expand financial
opening-up and accelerate the opening-up process of
sectors including telecommunications, education,
medical treatment and culture.
As the world’s second-largest economy, China has
a market of more than 1.3 billion consumers with
land covering over 9.6 million square kilometers.
China’s "big cake" of imports will "well serve their
demand for upgraded consumption and the country’s
aspiration for high-quality development," said Gan
Chunhui, vice president of the Shanghai Academy of
In addition, the large scale of imports is
China’s concrete action to promote an open world
economy and support economic globalization, said Gan.
"All countries should be committed to opening-up
and oppose protectionism and unilateralism with a
clear-cut stance," Xi said at the CIIE opening
During his meeting with representatives of
foreign entrepreneurs at the CIIE, Xi said China has
introduced a series of opening-up policies and will
roll out more such policies, and hosting the CIIE is
just one of them.
China will increase people’s incomes and spending
power, foster new growth areas of medium-high-end
consumption, continue to unleash the potential of
the domestic market, foster a world-class business
environment, explore new horizons of opening-up, and
promote international cooperation at multilateral
and bilateral levels, said Xi.
Simon Peter Lwanjo, CEO of Uganda-based Preg-Tech
Communication Ltd., said China’s long list of
imports offers opportunities for his company to
attract potential business and partnership with
"I feel it is the right time for China to do
"We believe it is an opportunity for us to see
how we can work together to show this common
prosperity to all people of the world."
"The CIIE is a platform that goes beyond China,"
said Stephen Badger, chairman of the Board of
Directors at U.S. company Mars Inc, adding that it
is a truly global event driving globalization and
coffee producers and exporters eye vast Chinese
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- Ethiopian
coffee producers and exporters have expressed keen
interest to penetrate the vast Chinese coffee market
as the demand for coffee increased in China.
Amid the increasing demand for coffee among
China’s young population, the interest to penetrate
the emerging Chinese coffee market has also become a
major priority among Ethiopian coffee producers and
Alfoz Plc - one of the leading Ethiopian
companies engaged in specialty coffee harvesting,
processing and export - is one among the many
aspiring Ethiopian companies who are vying to boost
their presence in China.
"Presently, middle eastern countries are the
prime export destinations for our coffee market,"
Yohanis Addis, Alfoz Plc. Sales and Marketing
Manager, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
"As the interest from China for coffee in general
and Ethiopian produced coffee in particular
increased over the past few years, we are also
looking for opportunities on how to better penetrate
the market there in China," he said.
The company, which recently conducted a study
concerning the potential of China’s coffee market,
stressed that "there is a vast coffee market and we
are currently looking for opportunities on how best
we would enter into this huge market," Addis added.
According to Addis, the increase in the demand
for coffee is attributed to the younger population’s
shift from the traditional tea consumption trend to
coffee, in which he said "Ethiopian coffee would be
a major contender in the market if provided in good
Addis also stressed that the timing of the
upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE),
which is scheduled to be held from Nov. 5 to 10 in
Shanghai, China, is "the perfect event for us to
successfully interact with our Chinese counterparts
as well as potential retailers."
"We believe the CIIE is an ideal opportunity for
us to meet with potential Chinese counterparts who
would collaborate with us in order to effectively
penetrate in the vast Chinese market," he added.
Alfoz, which is set to dispatch a strong team
headed by the company’s owner and manager, also
revealed that it has finalized its preparations in
order to make its CIIE participation a success.
China is already the east African country’s major
export destination. Ethiopia, during the previous
Ethiopian 2017-2018 fiscal year that ended on July
8, had exported 245 million U.S. dollars of goods to
China, according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade.
Wondimu Filate, Head of Public Relations and
Communication Affairs Office at the ministry, told
Xinhua recently that Ethiopia’s exports to China
have steadily increased with the help of bilateral
and multi-lateral ties as well as the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
to tap into Chinese market through import expo
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua)
-- Rwanda eyes China as a
"very important" export market and expects to
introduce Rwandan products to Chinese consumers
through the first China International Import Expo (CIIE),
CEO of Rwanda Development Board Clare Akamanzi said
"China is a very important export market we are
looking at right now and the fact that we signed a
partnership with Alibaba now confirms that China is
a very important priority market for us today,"
Akamanzi said at a media briefing after the
launching ceremony of Alibaba’s Electronic World
Trade Platform (eWTP), which makes Rwanda the first
African country that launches this platform.
The eWTP initiative was proposed by Jack Ma,
executive chairman of Alibaba Group, in 2016. It
aims to promote public-private dialogue to foster a
more effective and efficient policy and business
environment to enable small and medium-sized
enterprises to participate in cross-border
The first thing that Rwanda has to achieve is to
make sure that Chinese consumers know the central
African country, she said, noting that Rwanda sees
the CIIE as a platform where it can present Chinese
consumers with Rwandan products.
"We are going to use all platforms possible
including trade expos in China and other local
platforms to promote Rwanda products to the Chinese
market," she added.
The CIIE, China’s first-ever fair of this kind
scheduled for Nov. 5-10 in Shanghai, is China’s
latest move to promote trade liberalization and
further open up its market.
businesses pin high hopes on Chinese import expo
CAPE TOWN South Africa
(Xinhua) -- South African
businesses are keeping their eyes on the upcoming
China International Import Expo (CIIE) to be held in
Shanghai on Nov. 5-10, hoping to grab trade deals.
As the maiden import expo held by China, the
event is expected to strengthen business ties, open
China’s market wider and garner support for free
As the first import-themed state-level expo in
the world, the CIIE will also include supply and
demand matchmaking meetings and seminars designed to
ensure that participants make the most of networking
opportunities on offer.
More than 40 organizations will make up the South
African delegation to the expo. As one of the 12
"Guest of Honor" countries for the event, South
Africa has a dedicated national pavilion at the
Sandile Ndlovu, Executive Director of the South
African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Export
Council, said he would be representing his
organization as part of the delegation from the
South African Department of Trade and Industry at
"We are going to Shanghai to represent more than
89 of our members who are able to export a range of
products (to China)," he told Xinhua in an
"China could be one of our biggest customers as
there is so much potential for trade with China," he
Ndlovu said his organization has already started
interactions with Chinese counterparts on the
possibility of the Chinese public and private
sectors procuring goods from South Africa.
He said the council is also co-developing
products with some of its members for the Chinese
The council groups businesses and entities that
design and manufacture aircrafts and aircraft
components, vessels and armored vehicles for both
commercial and defence purposes.
"As South Africans we are capable of supplying
products of high quality technology," Ndlovu added.
He said that the past recent years have seen a
notable increase in exports from South Africa to
"I’m optimistic that further opportunities for
trade and cooperation exist," Ndlovu said.
At the moment, the council has three members
supplying the Chinese market but there are
definitely more opportunities, he said.
"We have no doubt that if we get the platform to
showcase our offerings, the Chinese market will
receive us very warmly," Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu’s sense of optimism is shared by Reesh
Naidoo, Public Relations and Business Development
Director at AmstedReelin, which provides service and
products to the mining, engineering, industrial and
The Shanghai expo will be an initial opportunity
for AmstedReelin to approach the Chinese market and
create awareness that the company is in Africa and
fully capable and willing to supply products and
services to both private and public sectors in
China, Naidoo told Xinhua.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to learn and
understand the business culture of another country,"
He expressed belief that participating in this
expo will unlock potential for AmstedReelin to
support Chinese companies as they enter the various
African markets which they have shown a keen
"We attend the event in good faith," Naidoo
In 2007, the Reelin Group entered into a joint
venture agreement with Amsted Rail Incorporated for
the supply of rail road products.
Amsted Rail is the world’s leading rail road
undercarriage component manufacturer in the world.