(Yicai Global) Dec. 5 -- Several New Zealand companies have signed up to occupy more than 1,600 square meters of exhibition space at the second China International Import Expo set to take place next year.
The firms put their names down during a roadshow event in Auckland, the expo's organizer said in a press release. Six companies that attended the first CIIE, held in Shanghai this time last month, shared their experiences of the debut event at the roadshow, including dairy giant Mataura Valley Milk.
New Zealand companies enjoyed great success at the first CIIE, sai Mike Arend, China Economic Advisor at the New Zealand Trade Development Council. The country hopes to strengthen ties with the CIIE Bureau to gain more support for its companies, especially small and medium-sizes firms, and help them expand in China, he added.
Some 45 companies from the archipelago nation participated in the first CIIE, occupying more than 5,000 square meters. They inked deals worth USD590 million with 114 Chinese enterprises.
The CIIE began recruiting for its second event as early as July, and plenty of overseas companies have already registered to participate, said Liu Fuxue, deputy director of the CIIE Bureau and the roadshow organizer. More than 30,000 square meters has already been signed for, he added.
Next stops for the roadshow include Australia, Indonesia, the United States, Panama and Brazil.
Editor: James Boynton