The Chinese government will from this year begin to stage special exhibitions of Chinese brands in African countries starting with Tanzania.
This was announced at the weekend in Dar es Salaam by Head of delegation of China Foreign Trade Centre Li De Ying who is leading a delegation of Chinese businesspersons in Tanzania.
He said the first session of African showcase will jointly be hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China, people’s government of Jiangsu Province, people’s government of Zhejiang Province and the people’s government of Guangdong Province all of China and will be held in Dar es Salaam in July this year.
“This event will be held at the Dar es Salaam International Exhibition Centre in July and would cover a total exhibition area of 3000 square meters with 140 standard booths,” Ying said.
He said they have decided to have commodity showcases in Africa to promote the economic and trade relations existing between China and African countries.
“That is why we want to display Chinese commodities image and we shall be doing it annually starting with Dar es Salaam,” he noted.
He applauded Tanzania for being one of the business prosperity countries in Africa, goods distribution centre and one of the most important trading centres in East Africa.
Ying said bilateral trade of both sides has grown steadily according to the reform and economic liberalization and policy implementation by Tanzania.
For his part, Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) president Aloys Mwamanga said the chamber is pleased to learn that China wants to hold exhibitions of its commodities in African countries starting with Tanzania.
“The first session of its showcases is scheduled to be held in Dar es salaam, Tanzania during the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair next July,” he said.
He said Tanzania is the right destination for foreign goods distribution in Africa.
“We want the 2012 showcase to further strengthen the economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges between China and Tanzania,” he said.
The TCCIA boss suggested to China to exhibit commodities that depict technology transfer in agriculture (value addition) and promotion of transport, construction and industrial manufacturing.