The 16th China -ASEAN Expo (referred to as the East Expo) is scheduled to be held in Nanning, Guangxi on September 21-24. Indonesia is the theme country of this year’s East Fair. On the eve of the opening of the East Expo, Thomas Lunbang, Chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordination Committee, said in an interview with reporters that the China-ASEAN Expo is a very important platform for trade cooperation and will greatly promote trade cooperation between China and ASEAN countries.

Thomas said that at this event, SMEs in ASEAN countries can showcase their respective superior products and services. At the same time, they can further understand the development of relevant industries and services in China and learn advanced experience and technology from their Chinese counterparts. Against the background of the rise of trade protectionism and various severe challenges, it is necessary for ASEAN countries to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China and complement each other in many fields.

Thomas said that he hopes that the East Fair will keep pace with the times, track the development of today’s technology, especially in e-commerce, and make full use of today’s most advanced technologies to innovate in trade and services. China and ASEAN countries are close partners in trade, investment and tourism. Therefore, a trading platform like the East Expo is of great significance. It is hoped that all parties will be able to use this platform to establish close communication and cooperation, especially after the end of the Expo, entrepreneurs can use various communication tools to further close relationships and business contacts.

Source: US-ASEAN Business Council