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Philippines prepares "Healthy and Natural Fair"

Department of Trade and Industry invites participants to China national import expo, sets aside participation fees

MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry, in its statement datelined Shanghai, China, said the Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) and the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers (PTICs) in China extended their invitation to local companies to join the Philippine delegation of food and agricultural exhibitors to the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE) from November 5-10, 2020 in Shanghai.

The delegation, with an overall theme of “Healthy and Natural” has 40 slots with no participation fees for this year. The. 108 square-meter Philippine pavili9on will present food products and agricultural/fresh produce in the Food and Agricultural Products Hall with an interactive platform. A specific area will display the exhibitors’ products while an interactive area will have conference pods where buyers can meet online with exhibitors from the Philippines.

The statement said a reception area with a queueing system for interested buyers will allow interface with Philippine representatives to ensure social distancing protocols will be observed.

In observance of strict safety rules, no Philippine exhibitor shall be present during the event. DTI’s Export Marketing Bureau will lead the preparations for business meetings before the event and pre-arrange the online meetings in the pavilion. The Philippines’ commercial attaches will represent the Philippine government and exhibitors. They are expected to promote exhibitor brands and products onsite and relay all business leads and contacts generated from the show.

CIIE is the first import-themed, national-level expo in China that showcases international exhibitors across different sectors. The goal is to address the trade deficit the trade deficit of differentiate countries to China and support trade liberalization.

“The Chinese market has a high purchase demand and CIIE endeavors to bring together numerous trade buyers and delegations from all over China to the event, thus strengthening its position as a viable trade platform for companies look to expand exports to China, PTIC Shanghai’s Commercial Vice Consul Mario Tani said.

Interested parties may contact PTIC Shanghai at shanghai@dti.gov.ph CITEM’s Eva Mariquina and Tal Bernardo at qcbeernardo@citem.com.ph (Melo M. Acuna)

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