Newsletter: "I will come again next year"-exhibitors from less developed countries have reaped a lot at the Expo.
Xinhua News Agency, Shanghai, November 9, by wire: "next year must come again"-exhibitors from less developed countries have reaped a lot at the Expo.
Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhang Man Gao Yuye
"what is this, amber or peach gum?" It is difficult for most visitors to recognize the gum Arabic on the Boukar Abdoulaye booth at a glance.
Arabic gum is one of the main products of Abdoulaye Company. "this is a natural thickener and can be used in cosmetics and food production, but many Chinese businessmen do not yet know the gum produced in Africa," he told Xinhua. "
The Chadian boy, who attended China International Import Expo for the first time this year, is fluent in Chinese when he studied at Zhejiang University of Technology. China's huge consumer market made him feel unlimited, so he and his brother co-founded an import and export company last year.
"I've been thinking about what Chadian products can break into the Chinese market, and I've done special market research, and I've identified three products: gum Arabic, sesame and peanuts." Abdoulaye said.
His judgment of Chinese market demand has proved to be accurate. Four months after its establishment, the company received its first order for sesame seeds. At present, it has received a total of 10, 000 tons of orders in China, including 4000 tons of Arabic gum, 4000 tons of sesame seeds and 2000 tons of peanuts.
The Expo made Abdoulaye deeply aware of the opening and potential of the Chinese market, and has established contact with more than 100 customers in just two days. "there are some deficiencies in inventory," he said. "the top priority is to replenish the goods. I believe there will be a big order after that!"
Abdoulaye's booth is a standard booth provided free of charge to the least developed countries at the Expo, a move aimed at supporting the participation of least developed countries in globalization and sharing China's development opportunities. "I am very grateful to China for its support and the harvest is full," Abdoulaye said. Through this platform, I know more about the Chinese market, a wider customer base, African gum Arabic is also beginning to make a name for itself, and I will certainly come back next year. "
At the second Expo, 40 of the world's 47 least developed countries participated in the Enterprise Fair, each with two free standard booths. Zambia wild honey, Burkina Faso handicrafts, Tanzania cashew nuts, Madagascar vanilla. Many products are as popular with customers as Arabic gum.
In front of the Rwandan coffee maker Sostana Kabaiza booth, there was an endless stream of inquiries, many of whom also added WeChat with Kabaiza to facilitate business negotiations. "the market feedback was unexpected," he said. I will come back to China in a month to implement the cooperation intention reached at this exhibition into a contract. "
Malayetu Diouf, the founder of a natural products company in Senegal, participated in the first Expo as a visitor last year. After initially figuring out the needs of the Chinese market, she attended as an exhibitor this year. Mainly promote monkey bread tree oil, hibiscus oil and other Senegal characteristics of organic skin care products.
"the upgrading of Chinese consumption has brought bright prospects to the organic products market. I hope to find Chinese agents at this fair." Diouf said the attraction of the Expo is to open its arms to everyone and "really bring together visitors from all directions."
The Expo is not only a platform for enterprises in least developed countries to look for business opportunities, but also an opportunity for these countries to promote themselves to attract investment. Florimon Kabamba, a staff member of the National Investment Promotion Agency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said he hoped to "let more Chinese businessmen know that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country worth investing in."
Kabamba told Xinhua that the Expo provided the country with a good publicity platform. "We will certainly participate again next year," Kabamba told Xinhua.