Twenty five Sri Lankan exporters have represented the island at the 13 CAEXPO (China-ASEAN Expo) in Guangxi, China, as a special guest country.
“We believe that Sri Lanka can showcase its products to China in a big way at 13th CAEXPO-more importantly it is an opening to ASEAN importers,” Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce said.
“Sri Lanka will join the 13th CAEXPO as Special Guest Country.”
The event is co-sponsored by China’s government and CAEXPO secretariat and 10 ASEAN countries and the Special Guest Country option is a major mechanism in CAEXPO for China to link to economies it considers as important.
Having run for 12 consecutive years, CAEXPO attracts high-profile participants from political and diplomatic circles: thousands of merchants, 25,580 enterprises, more than 100 business associations and delegations and 143 conferences involving 30 different fields.
Minister Bathiudeen also unveiled www.chinalankabiz.com by his Ministry-the CAEXPO Web Gateway for present and prospective Lankan businesses keen on Chinese and ASEAN markets.
Among the Lankan sectors joining the CAEXPO 13 are Ceylon tea, gems and jewellery, handicrafts, handlooms, batik, lacquerwork, and tourism.
CAEXPO has organized trade and economic exchanges activities for “10+6” countries the 10 ASEAN countries plus the RCEP member countries Australia, China, Japan, Korea, India, New Zealand) and to countries along Maritime Silk Road.