Forum promotes green growth
Canton Fair set to better serve nation’s carbon peaking and neutrality targets
By Yuan Shenggao
A forum on the green development of China’s home furnishing industry closed on Sunday at the venue of the 130th China Import and Export Fair being held in Guangzhou of the southern Guangdong province.
Chu Shijia, secretary-general of the fair, also known as the Canton Fair, said at the forum that President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the 130th Canton Fair, commending the contributions made by the event in the past 65 years, and encouraged it to develop itself into a key platform for the nation to promote across-the-board opening-up and high-quality growth of international trade, and to connect domestic and international markets.
Premier Li Keqiang attended the opening ceremony of the fair, delivered a keynote speech and visited the exhibition, Chu said.
The Canton Fair, according to Chu, has grown into a high-profile platform for carrying out diplomatic activities, advancing China’s opening-up efforts, promoting trade, serving the nation’s duel-circulation development paradigm and strengthening international exchanges.
Chu, who is also the president of the China Foreign Trade Centre, the organizer of the Canton Fair, said the center has practiced green development concepts and promoted the green development of the convention and exhibition industry following the ecological civilization concept promoted by President Xi.
A guiding principle for the 130th Canton Fair is to serve the nation’s carbon peaking and carbon neutrality targets. Various measures have been taken to further consolidate the achievements in green development, nurture a green industrial chain and improve the quality of green development.
The forum on the green development of China’s home furnishing industry is of great significance for promoting the green and high-quality development of the home furnishing and related industries.
It is hoped that the forum can serve as an opportunity to strengthen cooperation with all parties and jointly serve the nation’s carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals, Chu noted.
Canton Fair takes ‘low-carbon’ a priority
Green Space activities highlight sustainable development of industry and nation’s targets
By Yuan Shenggao
On Oct 17, a series of activities under the theme of Green Space were held during the 130th China Import and Export Fair, or the Canton Fair, to reward companies that have won the top 10 solutions for the optimization of this year’s booths and the green stands at the 126th Canton Fair.
The winners are invited to make speeches and drive all parties to participate in the green development of the Canton Fair.
Zhang Sihong, deputy secretary-general of the Canton Fair and deputy director of the China Foreign Trade Center, Wang Guiqing, deputy head of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products, Zhang Xinmin, deputy head of China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles, Zhu Dan, deputy director of the Anhui Provincial Department of Commerce, attended the event and presented awards to the winning companies. Approximately 100 representatives from various trading groups, business associations and award-winning companies attended the event.
Zhang said in his speech that the Canton Fair should play a demonstrative and leading role in promoting the green development of the exhibition industry, serving the country’s dual carbon targets and building an ecological civilization.
This year’s Canton Fair regards the dual carbon goals of serving carbon peaks and carbon neutrality as the guiding principle, and promotes the green development of the Canton Fair as the top priority. It organizes more green and low-carbon products to participate in the exhibition and enhances the green development of the entire chain of the exhibition.
He said that the Canton Fair has been committed to setting a benchmark in the convention and exhibition industry and strengthening standardization.
It has applied for the preparation of three national standards: Guidelines for Evaluation of Green Booths, Basic Requirements for Exhibition Venue Safety Management and Guidelines for Green Exhibition Operation.
Canton Fair will also build the new model of the Zero Carbon Exhibition Hall, with the help of low-carbon environmental protection technology and energy-saving operation concepts to build the fourth phase of the Canton Fair Pavilion project.
At the same time, it will start to plan the exhibition design competition to further enhance the exhibitors’ green display awareness, and boost the Canton Fair’s green development quality.
Zhang said green development is a long-term and arduous task, which must be sustained for a long time.
The Canton Fair will work hand in hand with various trading delegations, business associations, exhibitors and special construction companies and other related parties to implement the concept of green development, and jointly promote the sustainable development of China’s exhibition industry and achieve the “3060 Carbon Targets”.
Digitalized operation a winning card for veteran exhibitors
By Yuan Shenggao
Digitalized business models like cross-border e-commerce, smart logistics and online promotions will be the new norm for foreign trade. That’s what some of the veteran traders said at the 130th China Import and Export Fair, or Canton Fair, which concludes today in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong province.
That is also in accordance with what Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening ceremony of the event on Oct 14.
In his keynote speech, Premier Li said: “We will work faster to boost foreign trade in an innovative way. A new number of integrated pilot zones for cross-border e-commerce will be established before the end of the year… We will step up international cooperation on trade digitization and develop a group of pacesetter zones for digitization of global trade.”
Fuzhou, Fujian province-based Ranch International is a veteran attendee to Canton Fair. It is also one of the pioneers to use digitalized operations to expand its overseas markets.
The company’s executives said it has formed a complete digitalized operational chain from design to production through the use of 3D and internet technologies. They added that its 3D design technology allows the company to develop products tailored to the individual demands of customers.
Ningbo, Zhejiang province-based stationery producer Beifa Group is using digital technologies to design products and build a digitalized supply chain.
Guangzhou, Guangdong province-based Guangzhou Light Industry Group is an attendee of all the Canton Fair sessions over the past 65 years. However, this veteran foreign trade company is not short of digitalized marketing skills by any means. It is using such digital tools as livestreaming and e-commerce to market its products to the world. During the first eight months of this year, its B2C (business-to-customer) sales increased 38.7 percent year-on-year, according to its executives.
Canton Fair portrays a splendid ‘green’ future
Sustainable growth plays a key role in the development of event over the past decades
By Yuan Shenggao
From a historical perspective, the choice of a country’s development path is of vital importance to developing countries that are on the rise, especially for China.
Achieving carbon peak and carbon neutrality is a major decision made by the Party and an inherent requirement for China to achieve sustainable and high-quality development.
As an important trade promotion platform in China, the Canton Fair implements the decisions of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the requirements of the Ministry of Commerce, and strives to better serve the carbon neutral goals.
To implement ecological civilization, the Canton Fair has taken the steps to explore green exhibitions ten years ago.
In the 111th Canton Fair in 2012, the China Foreign Trade Center first proposed the development goal of “advocating low-carbon and environmental friendly exhibitions and building a world-class green exhibition”. It encouraged companies to participate in energy conservation and environmental protection activities, advocated the use of recyclable materials and upgraded the overall design and deployment.
In the 113th Canton Fair in 2013, the China Foreign Trade Center announced the Implementation Opinions on Promoting the Development of Low Carbon and Environmental Protection at the Canton Fair.
After 65 years, the Canton Fair has continued to make further progress on the road of green development. At the 130th Canton Fair, the Foreign Trade Center regards serving the “dual carbon” goal as the guiding principle of the exhibition, and takes the promotion of the green development of the Canton Fair as the top priority.
The Canton Fair attracted more green and low-carbon products to participate in the exhibition. More than 70 leading companies in the industry, such as wind energy, solar energy, and biomass energy, are participating in the exhibition. Looking to the future, the Canton Fair will use low-carbon technology to build the fourth phase of the Canton Fair Pavilion, and build intelligent systems to improve land, materials, water, and energy conservation.
Development the foundation and key to overcoming all challenges
Abridgements of Premier Li Keqiang’s speech at the opening ceremony of the 130th China Import and Export Fair and the Pearl River International Trade Forum
Committed to its motto of “Canton Fair, Global Share”, the China Import and Export Fair has been held non-stop amid shifting circumstances for 65 years, and has scored remarkable successes. The Fair’s annual transaction volume surged from $87 million in the inception to $59 billion before COVID-19, an expansion of nearly 680 times. The fair this year is held both online and on site for the first time in its history. This is a creative response in an unusual time.
International economic and trade exchanges are what countries need as they leverage respective strengths and complement one another. Such exchanges are also an important engine propelling global growth and human progress. A review of human history shows that worldwide economic booms and great prosperity are often accompanied by rapid trade expansion.
Greater openness and integration among countries is a trend of the times. We need to make the most of every opportunity, meet challenges collaboratively, uphold free and fair trade, and enhance policy coordination. We need to increase the output and supply of major commodities and key spare parts, raise the supply capacity for important goods, and facilitate unimpeded international logistics, to ensure stable and smooth operation of global industrial and supply chains.
People in all countries are entitled to a better life. The progress of humanity hinges on the shared progress of all countries. We need to tap into our respective strengths and jointly enlarge the pie of the global market, invigorate all formats of global cooperation and enrich the mechanisms for global sharing, to make economic globalization more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial for all.
Faced with a complex and stern international environment as well as multiple shocks from the pandemic and severe flooding this year, China has risen up to the challenges and difficulties, while maintaining regular COVID-19 response. Its economy has sustained a steady recovery and major economic indicators have been running within an appropriate range. In the first nine months this year, more than 78,000 new market entities were registered on an average daily basis, a show of rising economic vitality at the micro level. Employment is picking up, with over 10 million new urban jobs added. Economic performance has kept improving, as evidenced by fairly fast growth in industrial corporate profit, fiscal revenue and household income. Although economic growth leveled off to some extent in the third quarter due to various reasons, the economy has shown strong resilience and great vibrancy, and we have the ability and confidence to meet the targets and tasks set for the year.
For China, development is the foundation and key to overcoming all challenges. We will ground our efforts in the reality that China is at a new development stage, apply the new development philosophy, foster a new development paradigm and promote high-quality development. To achieve these goals, we will stay focused on managing our own affairs well, keep major economic indicators within an appropriate range and sustain the steady growth of China’s economy in the long run.
Event promotes new tech, Chinese brands
The ongoing 130th China Import and Export Fair has been witnessing more high-quality exhibitors and new products reflecting strong scientific and technological capabilities.
Guangzhou municipal trade group, for example, brings many eye-catching high-tech products to the fair.
EHang, a local intelligent autonomous aerial vehicle company, debuts unmanned minibus and automated aerial vehicles.
Another Guangzhou company JNJ Spas displays its new underwater treadmill pool, which has received a lot of attention by integrating spa, exercise and rehabilitation functions.
Jiangsu provincial trade group has collected more than 200,000 low-carbon, environmentally friendly and energy-saving products for the fair, aiming to help China better develop both domestic and foreign markets in the green industry.
Jiangsu Dingjie Medical brings one of its latest research achievements, polyvinyl chloride and latex products.
It is the first time for the company to attend the fair offline. Focusing on the development of green composite materials, Dingjie Medical hopes to provide technical support for global epidemic prevention and control.
Zhejiang Auarita Pneumatic Tools brings new air and oil-free compressors that the company co-designed with an Italian partner. “During the on-site exhibition, we expect to sign 15 contracts worth about $1 million,” the company said.
The fair, first held 65 years ago, has always contributed to the rapid rise of Chinese brands. Zhejiang provincial trade group has made full use of the fair’s promotional resources by placing seven billboards, videos and four electromobiles with a logo of “high-quality Zhejiang goods” at the main entrances and exits of the exhibition hall.
It has also invested in an advertisement linking to a summary page of the local companies’ websites at a prominent place of the fair’s online exhibition website.
Hubei provincial trade group has organized 28 brand enterprises to participate in the offline exhibition and set up 124 booths for them, accounting for 54.6 percent of the group’s total.
The China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters will host an industrial promotion conference both online and offline during the fair, to release new products and boost e-commerce platforms of the industry.
News updated from https://newspaper.cantonfair.org.cn/en/
Post time: Oct-20-2021