By Shannon Jayawardena
With the aim of promoting its products, Chengdu, a highly innovative city in Western China, held the Chengdu Characteristic Product Promotion Conference at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre on 22 November.
Having existed during the imperial, republican and communist eras of China, Chengdu is now one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation and communication centres in Western China. The highly innovative city is known for its industrialised goods, machinery and medical equipment. Displaying a variety of such items, the conference offered a stage to a few entrepreneurs who are leading the field to share an outline on their products and as to how they functioned.
Chengdu Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export Secretary General Xiang Luming stated: “Sri Lanka has become China’s most important trade partner in South Asia. As an important country that contributes towards China’s economic growth, Sri Lanka is at present attracting the world with its huge market venture, hence that is why we want to promote our products more in Sri Lanka.”
Not only has Chengdu been benchmarked as a city for investment in inland China, but it is now recognised as a major leader in new urbanisation. The Chengdu Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export said that through the event they hoped to increase trade and partnership with Sri Lanka while promoting their products.
“About 10 years ago, we were getting everything from Europe but now we get everything from China and the quality of the items has improved tremendously. I can assure you that the National Chamber of Commerce will give its fullest support and cooperation to the Chengdu Chamber of Commerce with whatever help needed for the industry,” said National Chamber of Commerce Senior Deputy President Asela de Livera.
Sri Lanka-China Business Cooperation Council Chairman Thilak Godamanna, Chengdu Aquatic Product Industry Association Chairman Qing Nanchun, Sichuan Aojie Disinfection Equipment Ltd. CEO Wu Bina, Chengdu Filtrascale Technology Ltd. Chairman Ou Qunfei and Chengdu Everstar Lighting Ltd. Chairman Zai were participants at the conference while Healson Technology, Fujian Metals and Minerals, Homeland Trading, Fujian Zhongshe Machinery and Equipment, including all stalls present at the product exhibition, operated with the objective of promoting their products to increase trade between Chengdu and Sri Lanka.
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