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The 17th Western China International Fair Will Present the Character “New” in September

  In less than a month, the opening ceremony of the 17th Western China International Fair will officially kick off. Various preparatory works have gradually entered the final stage, among which the important preliminary plan for the pavilion setup has been released. What is the plan for the pavilion of the Western Fair? What are the “new” considerations behind those “new” plans?
  Unveiling confidences

  The 17th Western China International Fair (hereinafter called the "Western Fair") will be launched in Chengdu from September 20th to 24th.

  The keyword for this year's Western Fair centers on the character "new" – with the "New Era in China, New Advances in Western China " as the theme.

  Behind the two "news" lies the in-depth consideration of this year's Western Fair on the spirit of the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Provincial Party Committee. "We have new ideas in terms of venue setting and activity arrangement. And we hope that the Western Fair will contribute to the high-quality development of the economy in the exhibition industry," remarked by the relevant person in charge of the Sichuan Bureau of Expo Affairs.

  On August 23rd, the reporter had access to the preliminary plan for the pavilion setup of the Western Fair. According to the plan, the characteristics of “internationalization, specialization and branding” have been highlighted, presenting before everyone a new Western Fair.

  The setup of pavilion boasts shining points

  The pavilion of regional collaboration is set up to exhibit the achievements of collaborative cooperation in the five regions

  According to the preliminary plan, the regional collaboration pavilion of this year’s Western Fair will be a highlight of the exhibition.

  It is reported that Hall No.1, 2 and 3 are regional collaboration pavilions. What are there? What is the purpose of setting up a regional collaboration pavilion?

  The relevant person in charge of the Sichuan Bureau of Expo Affairs said, "In these three pavilions, we will invite domestic and foreign exhibitors to watch the demonstration of Chengdu Plain Economic Zone, which will promote the building of Chengdu into a national central city; Panzhihua, Ganzi, Aba, Mianyang, Deyang, Leshan, Suining, Bazhong, Guangyuan, Guang'an, Yibin, Neijiang and other booths will be set up to promote the coordinated development of the five regions." 

  Hall No.5 located by the side, the “Belt and Road” Cooperation Pavilion of State-Owned Enterprise, will also bring new information to the exhibitors.

  "The establishment of this pavilion aims at releasing new vitality and deepening the reform of state-owned assets and state-owned enterprises through reform and innovation," the responsible official said.

  Hall No.5 will showcase the reform plan to adjust the layout and structure of the state-owned economy in our province. It will summarize the experience accumulated in deepening the reform of state-owned enterprises, and exhibit in great detail the transformation of innovation platforms and technological achievements.

  The Western Development and Open Cooperation Pavilion and the Across-the-Board Open Cooperation Pavilion in Hall No. 6 and 7 will highlight information on the construction of the “Belt and Road” and the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, underlining especially the cooperation with the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, Yangtze River Delta and Central Plains Economic Zone.

  At the same time, the Across-the-Board Open Cooperation Pavilion will also showcase the open cooperation with developed countries such as the United States, Japan and South Korea, and with the China-Russia-Mongolia Economic Corridor to create a high-level open platform and improve the level of open economy.

  The category of exhibitors has gone through deliberation

  The new pillar industry with trillion worth of market value present as the centerpiece, and green development serves as the channel

  Official in the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Provincial Party Committee proposed that Sichuan will build a "5+1" modern industrial system. The new pillar industry with trillion worth of market value under construction will be the centerpiece at this year's Fair.

  According to the relevant person in charge of Sichuan Bureau of Expo Affairs, this year’s Western Fair will center on “optimization and adjustment of industrial structure and layout”, “preempting the vantage points in the digital economic development”, and “improving the transformation effectiveness of scientific and technological achievements”. This Western Fair will adopt the “Exhibitions Inside Exhibition” mode, represented by the Western China Digital Economy Exhibition and the Western China New Industrial Drivers Exhibition in Hall 1 and 15. The Western China Digital Economy Exhibition mainly displays the latest technologies and products of artificial intelligence, big data, digital entertainment audio and video, network and communication development, which aims at exploring the development and application of augmented reality (AR) and blockchain technology. The Western China New Industrial Drivers Exhibition revolves around five pillar industries, exhibiting transformation projects and products of the high-tech achievements of large-scale state-owned enterprises, including smart manufacturing, new energy, new materials, energy conservation and environmental protection, oil and gas chemicals, biomedicine, aviation operations and services, and infrastructure. This time, the representative enterprises at the exhibition encompass Sinopec, Chinalco, China Post and other large central enterprises.

  Green and sustainable development is also an important theme of this year's Western Fair.

  “Revolving around developing a green and low-carbon circular economy and promoting green production and lifestyle, we have set up a Circular Economy Exhibition in Hall 7 to fully demonstrate the achievements and advantages of the enterprises and institutions at home and abroad in the fields of circular economy, energy saving and environmental protection and low carbon technology with the theme of “Green Leading a New Era, Circular Developing a New Journey,” the responsible person of the Sichuan Bureau of Expo Affairs introduced.

  In addition, this year's Western Fair advocates the concept of green exhibition, and introduced a green construction proposal to support the green building of booth through pricing policy, incentives and subsidies. "At the same time, we will also convene a special meeting of exhibitors and contractors of the Western Fair to make it a green and environmental friendly exhibition." The responsible person said.

  Exhibition setup presents novelty

  Collaboration between land and sea to build a Sichuan-Chongqing Convention and Exhibition Cluster

  The new plan featuring joint creation of the Sichuan-Chongqing Convention and Exhibition Cluster is to be initiated at this year’s Western Fair.

  The rotating sponsor of this year’s Western Fair is Chongqing City. Themed on “Opening the Inland Highlands with Picturesque Sceneries”, it will focus on exhibiting inland open highlands, intelligent manufacturing, urban construction, and places with beautiful sceneries. The entire Chongqing Pavilion consists of five exhibition areas, including the Preface Hall and the Chongqing Social and Economic Development Theme Exhibition Area. Key enterprises and products will be displayed in the exhibition through large screens.

  “Chongqing's superior products such as independent brands and smart manufacturing will be displayed during this Fair.” The relevant person in charge of the Chongqing Bureau of Expo Affairs introduced that during the Fair, Chongqing will also hold a promotion conference and a memorandum of cooperation signing ceremony of the exchanges of modern exhibition industry between Sichuan and Chongqing.

  Coordinated development with inland coastal areas is not only a joint action with neighboring provinces and cities, and the cooperation with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will also become the focus of this Fair, according to the planning of Sichuan Province.

  At this year's Western Fair, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will exhibit Hong Kong's economic environment, business advantages, financial services, cultural characteristics, tourism customs, and the development prospects of the new cooperation phase between Sichuan and Hong Kong.

  In addition, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will also set up an exhibition area to present the advantages of the Hong Kong’s service industry (financial, logistics, legal and other professional services) and the comprehensive international platform and exhibition of the HKTDC.

  In the later stage of the Western Fair, Sichuan and Hong Kong will also set up landing platforms for projects including “Further Strengthening Food Safety Cooperation on Both Sides”, “Hong Kong Youth Ba-Shu Culture Tour”, “Mainland and Overseas Summer Internship Pilot Program of Enterprises” and “Strengthening Tourism Advertising on Both Sides” to form a linkage effect combined with the promotion of institutional cooperation with relevant institutions in Hong Kong.


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