Honorable Governor Mr. Li Jiheng,
Honorable Mr. C.M. Bachhawat, IAS, Additional Chief, Secretary, Department of Commerce and industries,
Honorable Mr. Ajay Shai, Director General &CEO of FIEO,
Distinguished guests from industrial and commercial sectors,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to attend the Promotion Event of the 2nd China-South Asia Expo and 22nd China Kunming Import and Export Commodities Fair. First of all, please allow me, on behalf of the Consulate General of China, to extend our warm welcome to all the members of the Yunnan Provincial Delegation and our sincere thanks to all the distinguished guests from Kolkata who are present at today's event.
Today, Governor Li Jiheng and his delegation come to Kolkata for the special purpose of promoting the 2nd China-South Asia Expo and 22nd China Kunming Import and Export Commodities Fair, which shows the great importance attached to the Expo on the part of Yunnan Provincial Government. Last year, the First China-South Asia Expo was successfully held and was highly acclaimed by all the participants. Hence, China-South Asia Expo has become an important platform for exchange and cooperation between China and South Asian countries as well as other neighboring countries. It also has played an important role in enhancing the understanding and friendship among people of these countries.
2013 was the year of harvest for China-India relations. The top leaders of the two countries exchanged visits frequently. The strategic mutual trust has been further strengthened. The cooperation in various fields has yielded fruitful results. The friendly bilateral relations have laid a solid foundation and brought about greater prospect for the economic and trade cooperation between China and India.
In the context of the rapid and healthy development of the relations between China and India, we have also witnessed several successful events in the past year, to name a few, the bonding of sister cities between Kolkata and Kunming, the successful 9th K2K Forum, the fruitful meeting of the work group of BCIM Economic Corridor, the wonderful folk song and dance performance by Yunnan Honghe Autonomous Prefecture Song and Dance Troupe, as well as the cooperative mechanism among the high schools and universities of the two cities.
Yunnan, with its important geographic location, has always been a land of great potential and an important bridgehead for China's opening up to the Southwest, while West Bengal has also been in the forefront of India's Looking East Policy. Both sides enjoy great advantage and broad prospect in cooperation in various fields such as infrastructure, information technology, agriculture, tourism and education.
2014 is the year of friendly exchanges between China and India. We are confident in the further development in the China-India relations. We strongly believe the ties between Yunnan Province and West Bengal, Kunming and Kolkata will become even stronger and closer with the joint efforts of the entrepreneurs of the two countries who grasp the business opportunities and share the benefits of the cooperation.
South Asia Expo has become a grand event for China and South Asian countries as well as other neighboring countries. The Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata regards it as a duty as well as an honor to contribute our effort in this event. We will continue to promote China-South Asia Expo and China Kunming Import and Export Commodities Fair in the East India. We will help organize more and more Indian enterprises to participate in the Expo and the Commodities Fair. We will also invite more and more government officials, leaders of Chambers of Commerce and Associations, leading entrepreneurs to go to China to attend the concerned events. As I know, the 2nd China-South Asia Expo and 22nd China Kunming Import and Export Commodities Fair will inaugurate on the 6th of June, which is a very auspicious date in Chinese culture, therefore, I wish the two grand events a complete success!