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“ASEAN- China Trade Conference” – Bringing together 250 Businessmen and Entrepreneurs from ASEAN and China.
March 18, 2019

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On April 12 and 13, 2019 (Friday and Saturday) China-ASEAN Business Association (CABA) at China’s Shandong province will be organising an ASEAN- China Trade Conference and study group to discuss on passing over the traditional boundaries of doing business and moving forward with the new trend. The association welcomes groups, organisations and the general public to participate in this conference.

This time, the conference will be held at the Blue Horizon Hotel, ASEAN International Eco-City, Qihe County, Dezhou City, Shandong Province, China. It has been estimated that 250 entrepreneurs and businessmen from China and ASEAN will participate.

The organiser welcomes the general public to register for this conference. Every participant has to pay a fee of RMB 400/ RM 243. The fee includes a 3-night stay with twin sharing basis, meal and local transportation. However, it is not inclusive of the return air ticket between China and Malaysia.

CABA President, Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong says this conference will be discussing trade between ASEAN and China regarding the challenges and opportunities in venturing beyond traditional boundaries while approaching new frontiers.

“We will explore how the ASEAN market through the International Eco-City project becomes the key aspect for introducing trade, economic and investment opportunities for Shandong province as well as the Northern and Western region.”

He added that this conference will also provide as well as overview China’s business-oriented policies and programmes with specific plans into the roles of the Qihe county as ASEAN-China Trade Centre, Dezhou City within the Jing-Jin-Ji enlarged economic enclave as well as to understand Shandong Province’s role as the focal point for ASEAN related business, cultural and educational activities.

“Through this conference, we can witness the creation of a business network between the Qihe based ASEAN-China Trade Centre and the China ASEAN Business Association (CABA).”

Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong said the pre-eminence of China is recognised in the global trade and at the same time through bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements, China will continue strengthening relations with ASEAN in order to create regional cooperation for economic integration.

He said previously the trade volume between China and ASEAN was USD 54.7 billion back in 2002 and has seen explosive growth to USD 587.8 billion in 2018. Both sides have set a target of USD 1 trillion trade volumes for 2020.

“So far, ASEAN’s trade in China is concentrated in the coastal regions such as Guangzhou, Xiamen, Shanghai and other cities.”

He said, both governments are now working hard for new attempts to be initiated in Nanning, Guangxi province in line with this new trend; however ASEAN still has to widen and expand into other regions of China.

Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong said distinguished guests of this conference include public officials from Malaysia and China, leaders as well as VIP’s from both China and ASEAN.

Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong also said the theme for this conference is the first of its kind for Shandong province and northern China as it was rarely looked into previously. This conference is expected to create more awareness about ASEAN in Shandong province and enabling Shandong province to become the development platform and network for ASEAN trade in the future.

“Based on the outcome of this Conference, an activity profile for the ASEAN-China Trade Centre in Qihe will be formulated and on that basis, a series of activities will be organised as a follow up to the Conference.”

ASEAN- China Trade Conference “2 Days 1 Night Activity”

On April 12, the conference will commence from 8 am to 7.30 pm. On April 13, there will be an on-site visit to the Yellow River International Eco-City, ASEAN International Eco-City and Qihe Economic Development Zone.

The Conference invites Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry and representatives from the Shandong province will give their keynote address and official opening speech. It will be followed by a signing ceremony to be witnessed by international leaders accompanied by a video presentation. Moving forward, it will be the opening of the ASEAN- Dezhou City Trade Centre of the ASEAN International Eco-city, a memorandum of understanding signing session will finally preceded the evening banquet.

The main theme of the plenary session is “ASEAN-China Relations, Past-Present-Future” with the speaker from China- H.E. Chen De Hai, Secretary-General of the ASEAN China Centre, Professor Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. U Thit Linn Ohn, Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Beijing and H.E. Chen Zhou, Vice-Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

The main theme for the 1st session is “ASEAN-China Trade patterns, the current status and future trends” The speaker is Mr Xu Ning Ning, Executive President of the China ASEAN Business Council and Mr Yu Wu, Deputy Director-General of the China Enterprise Confederation.

The main theme for the 2nd session is “China-ASEAN Business Network, Roles and Function to Promote ASEAN International Eco-city and China ASEAN bilateral trade and investment. The panel will be composed of 9 country heads of the CABA Network from as well as representatives from the Shandong Commerce Department.

For those who are interested can register at:

China-Asean Business Association (CABA)
wechat: jasminepm (Jasmine梁碧雯)
Tel: +6 03 5631 9228
Fax: +6 03 5635 0301
Address: No.2-8, Jalan PJS 10/32, Taman Sri Subang, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.