From March 16 to 17,Minister of Malaysian Embassy in China Mr. See Chee Kong visited Shaanxileading a work group of Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry mission in China, with the view of facilitating trade and economic cooperation between Shaanxi and Malaysia and discuss activities featuring Malaysia as the County of Honor during the 3rdSilk Road Expo.
A joint meeting was held with the participation ofMinister See Chee Kong of Malaysian Embassy in China, Consul General Tan Li Lung of Malaysia in Xi’an, Deputy Director General Li Anjun of the Provincial FAO, Deputy Director General Chen Pingjun of the provincial Exhibition Center and officials from the provincial CCPIT and the Commerce Department. The work group also paid a visit to the main exhibition hall of the Silk Road Expo and the bonded area of the Airport New City of Xixian New Area in pursuit of cooperation opportunities.
The 3rdSilk Road Expo themed with “New Time, New Pattern and New Development” will take place from May 11-15 in Xi’an. The UK and Malaysia are the Countries of Honor this year, Guizhou and Tianjin are the Province/Municipality of Honor while Yan’an is the City of Honor.
In accordance with international practices, the “Silk Road Expo and Country & Trade and Investment Forum”(“Silk Road Expo” for short) between East and West China of Honor began to have Country of Honor and carry out relevant feature activities during the expo. Through setting up pavilions for the Country of Honor, having opening ceremony, shows, B2B meetings on trade and tourism, the trade, cultural and people-to-people exchange were further strengthened with these countries. And a variety of practical results were achieved in cooperation with the countries of honor in equipment manufacturing, high technology, modern agriculture, trade, logistics, tourism and culture, etc.
In the 2015 version of the expo, the countries of honor were Thailand, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia. And the expo was honored by the presence of vice premier and foreign minister of Thailand Thanasak Patimaprakorn, First Vice-Prime Minister Askarbek Shadiev and Leader of the Parliamentary Majority of Georgia and chairman of the Friendship Group with the Parliament of China. In 2016, Republic of Korea and Kazakhstan were the countries of honor. Joo Hyung-Hwan, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea and Zamir Saginov, Executive Secretary of the Ministry for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan led delegations to the 2016 expo. In 2017, Serbia was the country of honor with the participation of Rasim Ljajić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia.
The UK and Malaysia have been confirmed as the countries of honor for this year’s expo. The feature activities will be planned in accordance with the guideline of “Dialogue between governments, cooperation between companies and interaction between sister cities”.
Prior to the Spring Festival, Vice Governor Wei Zengjun led a Shaanxi delegation to Malaysia for an official visit. During the visit, he met and exchanged views withOng Ka Chuan, second minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia about the country of honor events and had a meeting with Ong Ka Ting, president of the Malaysian Chinese Association. A Shaanxi tourism promotion conference was also held in Malaysia during Vice Governor Wei’s stay in Malaysia.