1st CIIE to grace Shanghai in 100 days

By Zhang Jiaqi
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A press conference for the 100-day countdown to the first China International Import Expo held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai on July 27, 2018. [Photo by Zhang Jiaqi/China.org.cn]

Supportive measures carried forward


With just 100 days to go to the opening, preparations are moving ahead to ensure a world-class event, according to Shanghai Vice Mayor Wu Qing.


"Efforts have been made to facilitate both hardware and software upgrades," Wu said.


On the hardware side, Shanghai has speeded up construction work, decorative design, artwork creation and display at the expo venue, while improving the urban transportation system, overall environment, green landscape and other supporting facilities.


The services the city will provide are also being comprehensively optimized, Wu said.


According to him, on accommodation list covering more than 1,700 three-star hotels in the city, offering more than 250,000 rooms, has been compiled, and their names will be announced through the CIIE website in batches. In regard to healthcare, four medical stations will be set up in the exhibition venue, and 18 medical institutions have been designated on the periphery to provide healthcare services, like special consultation rooms and CIIE green access.


To ensure the expo will be a total success, the city has also come up with a series of measures to facilitate business participation, such as opening passages in major ports to give participants priority in clearance, providing tax guarantees for exhibits brought to China, extending the expiration date of ATA (an acronym combining French and English meaning "Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission") carnets by a year, simplifying participation procedures, exempting inspections on food tags of exhibits, among others.


Wu said the expo provides a good opportunity for Shanghai, as a major trade center of the country, to improve itself and further open up, adding: "Shanghai will stay committed to hosting an import expo that never ends."


He introduced that Shanghai was now working on a "6+365" One-stop Trade Promotion Platform, which would enable year-round services to be offered to exhibitors at the expo.


The platform, both online and offline, is supported by four buyers' alliances and 18 subgroups of buyers from Shanghai that are pledged to help companies sell the exhibited goods, thus accelerating their transformation into those penetrating the domestic market, as well as facilitating the entry of more high-quality goods and services, Wu declared.

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