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The 12th China International Fair for Investment & Trade

The 12th China International Fair for Investment and Trade, themed around “attracting FDI” and “going global”, closed on September 11 in Xiamen, Fujian, China after four days of successful proceedings.

The CPC Central Committee and the State Council gave strong support to the CIFIT. Wang Qishan, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of China opened by the Fair by pressing the launch key, toured the exhibition hall, and delivered the keynote speech at the International Investment Forum 2008. Wu Yi, former member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of China, sent a congratulatory letter to CIFIT.

A total of 96 officials on or above the vice ministerial rank attended the CIFIT, including Edmund Ho, Chief Executive of Macao Special Administrative Region; Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce; Lu Zhangong, Secretary of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee; Sheng Guangzu, Director of the General Customs Administration; Wang Yi, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council; Li Changjiang, the General Administration of Quality Inspection, Supervision and Quarantine; Huang Xiaojing, Governor of Fujian; Wang Sanyun, Governor of Anhui; and Bi Jingquan, Vice Secretary-General of the State Council.

Under the leadership of the State Council, this year’s CIFIT has further expanded the scale of exhibition and the standard of exhibits, placed a stronger emphasis on the interaction between buisness promotion and trade, stressed emerging economies and capital outputing countries, and strengthened Taiwan-oriented features and regional cooperation, with remarkable results achieved. Over, this year’s CIFIT exhibited the following top six characteristics:

I. Extensive and Proactive Involvement of the International Community

The 12th CIFIT is another major international event following the staging of the Olympic Games in Beijing. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown sent a congratulatory letter to CIFIT, saying that he is “very pleased that Britain has forged a long-term partnership with the 12th CIFIT”. More than 300 foreign dignitaries, including the Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister Terepai Maoate, Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak, Samoan Deputy Prime Minister Telefoni Retzlaff, former Philippines President, Fidel V. Ramos, and former British Prime Minister John Prescott, attended the 12th CIFIT.

Statistics show that 13,685 overseas guests from 126 countries and regions and 445 overseas delegations from 104 countries and regions, and enterprises and institutions from 74 countries and regions. The floor area of exhibition staged by overseas delegations topped a record 16,000 square meters. The increased overseas representation is indicative of the extensive recognition of CIFIT as an platform for international investment promotion and the teeming vitality of the CIFIT. The CIFIT has become an internationally recognized world investment expo.         More>>


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