China International Import Expo

Director Sumbue Antas (left) and Ambassador Liu Quan. Photo: Kizzy Kalsakau

China has invited Vanuatu to the China International Import Expo that will take place on November 5 to 10 this year.

The Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Mr Liu Quan, yesterday invited local entrepreneurs, Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Ministry of Trade, Foreign Affairs and External Trade division to a lunch to introduce the China International Import Expo to Vanuatu.

Vanuatu’s participation would target mainly China’s niche market.

So far the Government has chosen the food and services sectors to participate in this expo.

As to who will participate, the government is leaving the selection to the private sector through the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce.

China’s Ambassador to Vanuatu told Kizzy Kalsakau that the China International Import Expo was initiated by China’s President, Xi Jinping, last year during the One Belt, One Road conference.

The Ambassador said this is a golden opportunity for Vanuatu to present itself to the Chinese market.

In terms of tourism, Mr Liu says this will get people from China to get a better understanding of Vanuatu and more visitors from China will arrive in the country.

He said this would also be an opportunity for Vanuatu to showcase its products such as Tanna Coffee, Noni juice and handicrafts.

“People in China love to buy things that are unique,” the Ambassador said, referring to Vanuatu products.

Mr Liu said preferential conditions will be given to Least Developed Countries through the provision of free pavilions.

He said with the process of the Import Expo just starting, there is still room for discussions on further arrangements with the Vanuatu Government.

Meanwhile, the Director of External Trade, Mr Sumbue Antas, has welcomed the invitation especially for Vanuatu to look at niche markets.

In terms of tourism, Mr Antas said currently around 2,000 tourists from China come to Vanuatu and this increases every year. But with such promotions and with the development of Vanuatu’s new airport, tourists coming could increase to 100,000 in 10 years time, Mr Antas said.

The External Trade Director said currently Vanuatu exports Noni juice and Tamanu oil to China but there is potential of looking at products such as sandalwood and beef.

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