Present at the inauguration ceremony were Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Mr. Fasahat Ali Khan, Advisor to the Chairman and Board of Directors of Expo Centre Sharjah, Mr. Saif Al Midfa, Director General of Expo Centre Sharjah, and officials of various government departments, and members of the diplomatic corps and trade associations.
The CCFS is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. It is a five-day event jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce Trade of the People’s Republic of China, the China Chamber for the Promotion of International, and the SCCI, and organised by Chinamex and Expo Centre Sharjah.
“The UAE and China enjoy very strong economic ties,” said Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, Chairman of the SCCI, after the opening ceremony.
“The CCFS is a manifestation of the booming relations between the UAE and China. The event has successfully infused impetus in the bilateral ties between the two countries and we believe that it has the potential to help further strengthen cooperation, especially in the arena of trade,”
Two-way trade between the UAE and China surged 31.5 % to $14.2b in 2006 to position the country as the largest trading partner of China in the GCC.
It is expected that Sino-UAE trade will reach $100bn by 2015.
Trade between China and the GCC region as a whole has also been booming. It soared 46% from 2003 to $24bn in 2004, then by 32% to $32bn in 2005 and finally by 34% to over $40bn in 2006.
This year’s CCFS is hosting over 400 well-known companies from more than 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities of China.
Among the industries that are being represented at the exhibition are hardware and building materials, special vehicles, agri-food products, engineering machine and parts, and light industries.
Among the major exhibitors at CCFS 2007 are Beifang-Benze Automobile Company affiliated with China North Industry Group, Baotou Beifang Chuangye Co. Ltd, Shanxi Fenglei Machinery Manufacturing Co. Ltd, China North Chemical Industries Corporation, Astra Construction and Machinery Co. Ltd, Liu Gong Group Inc., Hebei Baoding Great Wall Automobile Holding Co. Ltd, Beijing Reward Group, Beijing Double-Crane Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, Huaqi Information Digital Technology Co. Ltd, and Shanxi Minmetals Industrial & Trading Co. Ltd.
“The CCFS is the Middle East’s largest sourcing platform for Chinese products and services,” said Mr. Fasahat Ali Khan, Advisor to the Chairman and Board of Directors of Expo Centre Sharjah.
“Over the last few editions, the event has been featuring a relatively focused exhibit profile. This has been done keeping in mind the specific requirements of the region,” he added.
“With every passing edition, the Fair has witnessed a marked improvement in terms of visitor turnout, both in terms of numbers as well as quality. The volume of business generated at each edition stands testimony to that fact,” said Mr. Khan.
In the last five editions combined, CCFS had hosted a total of 6,660 exhibitors representing 3,058 companies from across China. More than 230,000 visitors from 67 countries had visited these editions. The total trade generated by all the editions of CCFS held so far exceeds $1.869bn.
The fifth edition of CCFS, which was held at Expo Centre Sharjah from November 25– 29, 2006, featured 10,000 products from more than 29 provinces and municipalities from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The event attracted a total of 50,352 visitors of which a significant number were trade visitors.
“Today, Chinese products and services are in great demand across the globe, both for their superior quality and affordability,” said Mr. Saif Al Midfa, Director General of Expo Centre Sharjah.
“The CCFS has been successfully showcasing China’s economic marvel in the region since 2002. The response has been overwhelming and the event has clearly proved itself to be the Middle East’s biggest and most credible trade platform for Chinese products and services. The CCFS, which features the largest gathering of Chinese enterprises in the region, is primarily aimed at providing easy access to a significant range of ‘made in China’ items under one roof,”
“Considering that the categories of products being exhibited at this year’s CCFS are in high demand all across the region, we expect a substantial increase in visitor turnout in comparison to the last edition, not only from the UAE but from other parts of the Middle East as well,” said Mr. Saif Al Midfa.
The sixth edition of CCFS will run till November 22, 2007. It will be open from 10 am to 1 pm for trade only and from 5 pm to 9 pm for both trade and public. Children below 16 years will not be allowed.
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