149 businesspeople from 34 countries and regions gathered in Shanghai on Tuesday to seek cooperation with Anhui province as the first China International Import Expo was being staged here.
The province’s opening up and development, Hefei Comprehensive State Science Center, intelligent manufacturing, culture and tourism were briefed at the Conference on Anhui’s Import Demand and Business Cooperation, a major event the province launched at the expo.
Meanwhile, the province unveiled its demand for imports and held business talks.
Contracts for 56 programs were signed at the conference, including 44 trade sourcing ones involving 26 countries and regions. Products to be sourced ranged from high-end mechanical equipment to advanced medical equipment, metal and food.
Local corporations clinched 22 trade deals, or half of the total, with world-renowned hi-tech companies like General Electric (GE), Infineon and Sharp.
The rest 12 investment projects covered a number of areas such as equipment manufacturing, information technology and modern services.
The conference brought together delegates of 10-plus overseas Fortune Global 500 companies and foreign company associations.
2,463 Anhui-based companies are taking part in the expo, one of the major flagship events held in the country this year.
The expo kicked off in Shanghai on Monday and is set to close on Saturday.