China agrees to give more stands to PH at Shanghai expo »Manila Bulletin Business


By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Francis Chua

Francis Chua

Coordinated efforts by top government leaders and the private sector have moved China to give more space to Filipino exhibitors at at least 38 stands to show their products at the world's largest procurement event for Chinese manufacturers in Shanghai.

The Chinese embassy in Manila has passed on the good news to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), chairman Emeritus Francis Chua, who, together with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, contributed to the promotion of China International Import Expo 2018 (CIIE). in Shanghai on November 5-10. The expo is a platform for non-PROC suppliers to show their products to potential Chinese customers.

"The CIIE office has decided to add cabins for the Philippines," the Chinese Embassy reported that Chua shared with reporters.

A total of 393 square meters of space have now been reserved for Filipino exhibitors.

Broken down, the Philippines got 348 m² of space in the Food Hall plus 45 m² in the Consumer Goods Hall.

"With a booth of 9 square meters, the Philippines can have at least 38 booths at the very first Chinese global sourcing event, with suppliers from all over the world gathering for Chinese shoppers," said Chua. At least seven (7) cabins have been guaranteed so far. The rest of the Philippine exhibitors take part in a row of exhibitors in an open space hall.

"This is the best result we can get at the moment," said the Chinese embassy.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce will formally respond to Trade and Industry Sec. Ramon M. Lopez.

"This is a big improvement over the previous two cabs," Chua said, adding that those who have already paid will be given priority, but DTI will be the best for the situation.

Chua expressed his concern earlier that after the promise of 100 after the national roadshow, only two booths could be assigned to the Philippines to promote the expo to Philippine companies.

According to the MOFCOM of China, the response to the event is overwhelming and almost all exhibition spaces have been booked.

Chua's complaint was followed by a wave of lobbying from the government and the private sector for extra space for the Philippines.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Allan Cayetano raised the issue twice with his Chinese counterpart while DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez wrote to Minister Zhong Shan.

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez also raised this issue during his meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing last week, when they discussed the financing by the Chinese government of a package of infrastructure projects in the Philippines.

DTI Vice Minister Nora Terrado put pressure on Filipino trading relations Glen Penaranda in Beijing and Mario Tan in Shanghai. The state grid of China also helped lobby for the Philippines.

"Given the efforts of our government officials and economic managers, China finally provided additional stands and this was passed on to us through the office of the trade attaché of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines," Chua announced.

According to Terrado, the growing Chinese consumer market, now 1.4 billion people, offers many opportunities for Filipino food exporters.

CITEM data show that since 2009 China has been among the top 10 countries involved in the International Food Exhibition (IFEX), Philippines. China's IFEX Philippines this year is China's third country, alongside Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

"The Philippines are one of the few countries that have received a country pavilion and we consider CIIE a good opportunity to improve our bilateral trade relations with China," Terrado said.

The Philippine delegation has access to the many side events at the CIIE and other Philippine events, such as the Business and Investment Forum and the B2B / Networking Night.

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