High expectations for China International Import Expo

What business executives have said about the event and how their companies will promote themselves to the world.

With just 30 days left until the opening of the China International Import Expo, the city is gearing up for the event which will gather traders and producers together. The business community in Shanghai and beyond have high expectations and here is what some of them say. 

Robert Aspell, president of Asia Pacific at Cargill

"We appreciate that China is to host such a big event. All participants have the same keen interest, and will support the central and local governments in hosting the China International Import Expo. The core of the event is to promote trade, and I think that is what unites traders, multinational companies, state-owned companies and small- and medium-sized enterprises together. The event creates a platform for dialogues for all stakeholders. Trade is not perfect, and a dialogue can expose what are the challenges ahead and the possible solutions. In our industry, food safety is the key message we hope to deliver. 

"With a history of more than 150 years, Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. It has 155,000 employees in 70 countries and regions. "

Matt Tsien, president of General Motors China 

"The 2018 China International Import Expo is an exciting opportunity for GM to introduce our safer, better and more sustainable transportation solutions for China. GM looks forward to turning our vision into reality to benefit consumers in China and around the globe for generations to come.

"General Motors will bring state-of-the-art technologies and innovative concepts enabling its global vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion to the expo. Besides the Chevrolet Bolt EV at its stand, GM will also have virtual and engagement experiences highlighting game-changing technologies that will unlock the future of personal mobility. including the Cruise autonomous vehicle and Vehicle-to-Everything communications technology. "

Jean-Christophe Pointeau, country chair of Sanofi China

"It is a golden chance for the company to have a better understanding and deeper involvement in the Chinese health ecosystem. Also, we can strengthen our partnership with our Chinese stakeholders.

"Sanofi will have a 300-square-meter booth to showcase its first-class innovations from around the world."

Martin Boden, country president of Sodexo China

"We are incredibly proud to be given the opportunity of participating in the China International Import Expo. It is my first big decision after I took over the post as president of Sodexo China at the beginning of this year. We should demonstrate our heritage here in China and we should also show our plan for the future.

"French firm Sodexo is a global provider of on-site services, benefits & rewards services, and personal & home services. It is the world's 19th largest employer that hires 460,000 people to serve 100 million consumers every day."

Andy Ho, CEO of Philips China

"We will present a big booth in the exhibition area of health care at the China International Import Expo. It shows our vision and sincerity because we have booked the space way ahead of others. It is impossible to have that space if you are not early birds. At the exhibition, we will showcase Philips’ latest products and technologies from both home and abroad to interpret our current business focus — health technology. You can have a deeper understanding of our solutions in health care services, which involve high technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data."

Victor Fung, chairman of the Fung Group

"The China International Import Expo is the world's first large-scale national exhibition to be centred around imports. Driven by continued supply-side structural reform and the comprehensive implementation of innovation-driven development strategies in recent years, China is in the process of developing a new form of consumption-led economic growth.

"Hosting CIIE is not only a highly significant measure in China's strategy to extend increased access to its market to the rest of the world, it is also very important in promoting this next round of opening up, encouraging economic transformation and helping meet increasingly higher demands resulting from changing consumption trends.

"The CIIE is providing both Chinese and foreign companies with a new open, broad and efficient platform.

"During the CIIE, the Fung Group will present their technology-driven smart retail supply chain solutions, as well as the efforts the group has made to promote the development of the service trade industry.

"Of note, 'Explorium' — the Fung Group's technology and business model innovation center, has been selected to join the CIIE's first batch of '6+365' permanent exhibition and trade platforms. With its strengths in integrating supply chain resources from trading and logistics to distribution and retailing, it will provide an impetus for rapid access to quality goods and services from overseas into the Chinese market and also promote the expo's sustainable development."

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