CIIE Reboots in Offline Mode with Focus on HiTech

The 6th China International Import Expo 2023 (#CIIE2023) took place at the National Convention Center in Shanghai from the 5 to 10 November 2023. The CIIE is an annual event organized by the Shanghai City Government in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.

The theme of the sixth edition was “Shared Future in the New Era.” The 6th edition marks the return to offline mode after the previous two editions were held in online mode due to the COVID pandemic and associated restrictions.

More than 3,400 exhibitors from 154 countries booked stands spread over 200,000 square meters at the Expo in a bid to boost their sales into the huge Chinese market with a population of 1.4 billion people. Over the years, the #CIIE has evolved into the premier platform for foreign companies to promote their products and services in China.

Johnson Controls Booth at CIIE2023

This year, the Expo is divided into six major sections, each focusing on a different category: i) food and agricultural products, ii) automobiles, iii) smart and information technology, iv) consumer goods, v) medical equipment and healthcare products and vi) services.

More than 250 companies registered under the Services segment, of which 50 were global leaders listed among the Fortune 500 companies. In particular, China was keen to showcase its advances and applications in #AI and #EV.

In his welcome speech, Chinese President XI Jinping underscored that the rebound of the world economy is encountering resistance and the aim of the CIIE is to give an added push to the global trade and development.

Egypt Pavilion at CIIE2023

“China is one of the world’s largest markets and thus presents tremendous opportunities to businesses around the world. My government will pursue and reinforce its policy of high-quality development and opening up of the market while promoting globalization in a balanced and inclusive manner for the benefit of humankind.”

Chinese President XI Jinping

Several African countries, including Egypt, Ethiopia and South, had exhibition pavilions and held business forums during the Expo. The next edition is planned at the same place from the 5 to 10 November 2024.