China’s exhibition industry has witnessed a significant revival in the first three quarters of the current year, catalyzed by a robust demand in the market, according to Shu Jueting, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce. During a regular press briefing, Shu emphasized the integral role of the exhibition industry in shaping a contemporary market system and fostering an open economic landscape.
Statistical data released by the ministry highlights a 32.4 percent increase in the number of exhibitions conducted from January to September, compared to the same period in 2019, with a total of 3,248 events recorded. This upsurge underscores the industry’s recovery trajectory and its pivotal function in commerce and international trade.
In the forthcoming sixth China International Import Expo (CIIE), slated for November 5-10 in Shanghai, there will be a convergence of guests from 154 countries, regions, and international organizations. The expo is set to be a grand assembly of global enterprises and professional visitors, with over 3,400 companies and close to 410,000 attendees already registered. The spokesperson revealed that the business exhibition space will span 367,000 square meters, surpassing the scale of previous iterations.
The CIIE is anticipated not only as a commercial event but also as a platform for economic discourse, with the release of the World Openness Report 2023 and the latest World Openness Index scheduled at the Hongqiao International Economic Forum, a key segment of the expo. Additionally, the expo will feature over 1,000 on-site activities, including roundtable discussions specifically designed for foreign corporations.
The proactive engagement and the record-high participation of Global Fortune 500 and leading industry companies at the expo signify a positive trend towards global economic integration and openness. With these developments, China continues to solidify its position as a global hub for international trade and economic exchanges.