44 Chinese and foreign firms sign up for 2nd China supply chain expo

BEIJING: A total of 44 Chinese and foreign enterprises have signed up to participate in the second China International Supply Chain Expo (CISCE) in 2024, according to the organizer of the event, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

Companies that have signed up for the second CISCE include SAP, GE Healthcare, TCL, iFLYTEK and Sinopharm, which are all exhibitors at the ongoing first CISCE.

Speaking at a signing ceremony on Friday, Zhang Shaogang, vice chairman of CCPIT, noted that the vast majority of exhibitors hoped to participate again in CISCE next year to further expand international supply chain cooperation as the effect of the first expo exceeded their expectations.

Zhang said that the signing ceremony was both a positive response to the hope of enterprises and institutions that want to participate in the expo in the future, and a solemn commitment to continue to do a good job in hosting the event.

The first CISCE has achieved the goals of connecting the upper, middle and lower reaches of supply chains, integrating large and small enterprises, coordinating industry-college-institute cooperation, and promoting interaction between Chinese and foreign enterprises, Zhang added.

The CISCE is being held in Beijing from Tuesday to Saturday, with the theme of “Connecting the World for a Shared Future.” As the world’s first national-level supply chain expo, it is devoted to promoting industrial and supply chain collaboration.

Over 500 Chinese and foreign enterprises and institutions from 55 countries and regions participated in the expo, with 26 percent being international exhibitors. Some 150 new products, technologies and services have been showcased at the inaugural event.

“Having a stable and resilient supply chain has never been more important as we all navigate post-pandemic operations and global economic recovery,” Ken Stacherski, chief global supply chain and service officer at GE Healthcare, said during a speech at the expo.

“The CISCE is a great platform for countries to expand economic and trade cooperation with China and one another to facilitate trade and investment and support global economic recovery and growth,” Stacherski said.

Xiong Tao, vice president of BGl Global Development, told Global Times that the company hopes to not only improve the health and well-being of the Chinese people, but also of people around the world.

Xiong said BGI is committed to advancing genetic research, technologies and applications to benefit mankind and BGI Shenzhen is among the companies that have signed up for the second CISCE.

“We believe that we can achieve this through CISCE and that’s why we are willing to attend the second expo,” said Xiong.

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