The Ministry of Commerce invited all businessmen, entrepreneurs, investors and service providers to the upcoming 18th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO), to be held from September 10-13 at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Nanning city, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.

The companies that join the trade fair will also have a chance to seize business opportunities with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

In a July 9 announcement, the ministry said it was working with the CAEXPO Secretariat to organise the upcoming event, underlining the success of the expo’s 17 previous iterations.

“Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, for participation [in] the 18th CAEXPO this year, the Ministry of Commerce offer[s] priority to Cambodian companies and enterprises who [have representative offices] in China, to encourage [them to] send their products or services to display and exhibit for market promotion and ongoing business networking with Chinese companies,” it said.

The ministry pointed out that due to the limited number of commercial booths available, interested exhibitors should register and submit an application, free-of-charge, to the Department of Exhibition Affairs under its General Directorate of Trade Promotion no later than July 25.

“In conjunction with the 18th CAEXPO, the CAEXPO’s Secretariat will join hands with Alibaba Group to hold a CAEXPO Premium Goods Shopping Festival Online to promote goods from ASEAN to [the] Chinese market,” it said, adding that participation in the virtual event is “on voluntary basis”.

“Interested participants need to pay the service for live streaming host[ing] by Alibaba for 50,000 RMB-150,000 RMB/piece [$7,700-$23,000] and commission fees will be charge[d] at [15-20 per cent] of sale[s] volume,” the ministry added.