1,653 enterprises in East China’s Anhui signed up for the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) as of Wednesday, the Department of Commerce of Anhui Province said.
The province set up a trade group, consisting of 6,287 members from 1,653 local companies, for this year’s CIIE amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The event kicked off in Shanghai on November 5 and is slated to last till November 10.
The trade group will make a research tour of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone, promote the Anhui Pilot Free Trade Zone, and communicate with foreign enterprises during the CIIE, according to the department.
The province signed contracts on 116 business and investment programs at the first and second CIIEs. The investment programs were worth $12.29 billion and the business programs $3.35 billion.
The third CIIE falls into six exhibition zones displaying food and agricultural products, automobiles, technological equipment, consumer goods, medical equipment and healthcare products, as well as trade in services. In addition, four special exhibition subsections have been set up for public health, energy conservation and environmental protection, smart transportation, and sporting goods.
The exhibition area for the third CIIE spans some 30,000 square meters larger than last year.
Despite the pandemic, many Fortune Global 500 companies and industry leaders are present at this year’s CIIE.