The 2018 edition of the Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo was held from October 24th-28th last week in Dongguan, an industrial city. It was hosted by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangdong Committee and organized by Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province; People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality and People’s Government of Dongguan Municipality.
Founded in 2014, the Expo (MSR EXPO) is positioned as the important program for creating the image of “Guangdong being the best choice for business and cooperation” and boosting international trade and commerce. This year’s Expo had set up a national (regional) comprehensive exhibition and four professional exhibitions. The Expo displayed the charms of all participating nations in terms of their tourism, food, art-ware and other featured products. During the four-day event, the visitors to the exhibitions totalled 251,000, among which 31,000 are professional buyers.
The first two days of the exhibition were open for professional buyers and procurement collaboration whereas the final two days were public for all commoners to visit.
Being the representative organization for the Expo in India since its inception, the India China Economic and Cultural Council hosted a large delegation from India. This included more than eighty exhibitors from sixty companies and more than ten world renowned artists from different parts of the country. These exhibitors were from various fields such as block printing, lac bangle-making, miniature art painting, henna art, handicrafts, hand-woven rugs, shawl scarves, bags, jewelry, wood carving, furniture, handloom and the like.