ITC facilitates Chinese market access for SMMEs

Source: ITC

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has developed a dedicated e-learning course on exporting to China as part of an assistance package for 100 SMMEs from 20 least developed and developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to participate in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE).

Selected from a variety of sectors – including food, textiles and apparel, and services – the companies will showcase their products at the expo, which will also provide networking opportunities.

“For the companies we are supporting, the event provides a unique opportunity to tap into the huge potential offered by the Chinese market,” said ITC executive director, Arancha González. “For developing and least developed countries, the CIIE is an opportunity to be exposed to new export markets and increase their competitiveness through trade.”

All 100 companies are small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.

Representatives from over 150 000 companies, from more than 100 countries, are expected to participate in the CIIE which will be held in Shanghai from 5 to 10 November.

A side event will explore ways to facilitate sustainable foreign investments in the agro-processing and light manufacturing sectors in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia.

A study of the opportunities and drivers of trade expansion between China and Belt and Road countries will be released at the fair.

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