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Speech of Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong at the 2018 CIIE Reception on 28 September
(28 September 2018)

Distinguished Madam Tara McCarthy,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good afternoon.

It is my great pleasure to see so many friends joining us today at the reception to celebrate the upcoming grand opening of the first CIIE, which will be convened in Shanghai on 5th November

First of all, I would like to introduce to you our new Political Counselor, Deputy Head of the Mission, Mr. Huang He, who joined us last month. Counselor Huang will bring dynamics and new momentum to our embassy and I hope you will support him as you have always done to myself and my colleagues in our Embassy.

Talking about CIIE, it is a significant move for the Chinese government to implement Chinese President Xi Jinping’s initiative in the new era. CIIE will demonstrate our firm support to trade liberalization and economic globalization and our strong determination to open the Chinese market. It will facilitate countries and regions all over the world to strengthen economic cooperation and trade, and will promote global trade and economic growth.

Both at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan this April, and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing this September, and in many other occasions, Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeatedly conveyed the message to the world that we are committed to opening-up even wider.

We hope that CIIE will provide new channels to do business, strengthen cooperation under the initiatives including “Belt and Road”, and promote common prosperity of the world economy with trade as the engine to global sustainable growth. In the next five years, China is expected to import products and services valuing more than 8 trillion U.S. dollars, and its total overseas investment will exceed 750 billion U.S. dollars, which will provide enormous business opportunities for all countries including Ireland.

It’s rarely the case in the world that a developing country like China chooses to hold an import-themed expo’. The Expo’ will not only provide new opportunities for countries around the world to expand export to China, but also create a platform for countries to share opportunities with each other. It represents China’s sincere wish to open its market to the world, and shows China’s active role as a major power in undertaking the responsibility of pushing forward economic globalization.

The relationship between China and Ireland is at its strongest time ever with frequent high-level exchanges and strengthened economic cooperation in recent years. Last year, the China-Ireland total import and export value reached a record high of 11 billion U.S. dollars, 36.7 percent up on an annual basis. For the first half of 2018, bilateral trade has been $6.71 billion, up by 24.4%.

The Chinese Embassy in Ireland attaches great importance to promoting CIIE and puts it as one of our key tasks of this year. We have held CIIE promotion events on 7th March in Dublin and 30th April in Cork respectively, which are both very successful with my keynote speech warmly responded by the audience.

We are very glad that Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD will lead an official delegation to Shanghai to attend the event. 27 Irish companies will participate in the exhibition, including collective stands of Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland, with a total area of 244 m² exhibiting agri-food products, education, consumer products, high-tech and intelligent equipment. Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle TD will also attend CIIE during his trip to China.

Up to Now, more than 2800 companies from over 130 countries and regions have signed up to exhibit at the Expo’. Nearly 200 of the exhibitors are among the Global 500, or heavyweights in their respective industries.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you here. My heartfelt appreciation also goes to the Irish government headed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, including the Parliament, the Irish Ambassador to China H.E. Eoin O'Leary, Irish Consul General in Shanghai Madam Therese Healy, Department Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, IDA and ICBA, for their great support. The Ireland China Science and Technology Association (ICSATA) and China Europe Business Association both are designated promoter of CIIE in Ireland, and they have done a great job to the organization of the Irish Exhibitors. The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Ireland (ACEI) and its member Chinese companies also provided their support to the event. Last but not least, I would like to command the excellent job, Madam Xue He and her colleagues in the Commercial Section for their efforts and contribution.

I wish the Irish exhibitors and visitors coming to Shanghai to attend the first CIIE a pleasant and fruitful trip with a great success!

Thank you.

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