Chinese President Xi Jinping to deliver speech at CIIE opening ceremony
Updated 12:45, 01-Nov-2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) and deliver a keynote speech on November 5, said Fu Ziying, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, on Monday.
The CIIE is to be held from November 5 to 10 in Shanghai, with people from over 150 countries and regions expected to participate, Fu said. 
The CIIE, the world's first import-themed national-level expo, was proposed and announced by President Xi himself, and will feature exhibitions of countries and businesses and the Hongqiao International Economic and Trade Forum, Fu said.
A total of 82 countries and three international organizations will showcase their achievements in economic and trade development as well as competitive products at 71 booths which cover an area of about 30,000 square meters, the vice minister said.
For the exhibition of businesses, more than 3,000 companies from over 130 countries have confirmed participation in the expo, with a total booth area of 270,000 square meters, he said.
The Hongqiao International Economic and Trade Forum, with a theme of "spurring new vitality of global trade, creating an open and win-win scenario," will be attended by over 2,000 government officials, international organization leaders, renowned entrepreneurs and academics from over 130 countries and regions, Fu added.
Its three parallel sessions, with focuses on trade and opening, trade and innovation, and trade and investment, respectively, will discuss such major issues as the new impetus for economic globalization and the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, he said.
"We believe the CIIE will help countries showcase their national image as well as serve as an open platform for cooperation in international trade," Fu said. "The expo will help advance economic globalization."
(With inputs from Xinhua)