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Import Expo golden chance for Pakistani businessman

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-11-01 15:58
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A truck loaded with the first batch of exhibits arrives at the north square of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), a main venue for the fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE), in East China's Shanghai, on Oct 23, 2021. [Photo/XINHUA]

SHANGHAI -- With the 4th China International Import Expo slated to take place in Shanghai, Pakistani businessman Habib Ur Rehman spent his day setting up a booth for the expo.

"It has been my wish for four years to participate in the CIIE," said the businessman, who is gearing up to promote salt lamps from Pakistan at his 18-square-meter booth in the expo.

Salt lamps, made from minerals in mountainous areas, are well-known in Pakistan yet new to the Chinese market. "Many merchants in China are very interested in our products, making me more confident about this new debut," he said.

"The expo is a good platform to bring more business opportunities and let more people know about Pakistani products," he added.

Keeping a close eye on CIIE since the first edition in 2018, the Pakistani businessman hopes to meet new friends and partners. He plans to promote salt lamps, brass handicrafts, blue pottery, carpets, and other Pakistani specialty products at the expo.

The businessman also has an ambition of launching more customized products for China in the future, including salt lamps with traditional Chinese auspicious patterns.

The CIIE had helped global poverty reduction according to the businessman. "Some of the carpets sold at the expo were woven by poor local rural women at home in Pakistan," he said. "They had jobs thanks to the event."

The CIIE is the first stop for many small and medium enterprises to enter the Chinese market. The number of overseas SMEs participating in groups has increased by 30 percent at this year's expo.

Sun Chenghai, deputy director of the CIIE Bureau, said that 90 companies from 33 least developed countries will attend the event.

"The CIIE has built a platform for forging a community with a shared future for mankind," Sun said. "Developed countries, developing countries, and the least developed countries have all achieved good results by participating in the expo."

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