The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, will head the Brazilian delegation to the First China International Import Expo (CIIE), to be held in Shanghai from November 5 -10. Delegation members will include the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Blairo Maggi; the Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Marcos Jorge de Lima, and more than 150 Brazilian businesses. CIIE organizers expect an attendance of 300,000 visitors and 150,000 Chinese and foreign buyers at the fair.
Brazil is among the 12 guest countries of honor at the CIIE and will have pavilions dedicated to the food and beverages, services, consumer goods and medical equipment sectors, in an area of more than 1,400 square meters (15,000 square feet). The selection of companies and the construction of the Brazil pavilion are the result of a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, the Ministry of Tourism and the Federation of the Industries of the State of São Paulo.
The Ministry of Commerce of China estimates that the country is expected to import more than 10 trillion dollars in goods and services over the next five years. In addition to providing privileged access to the Chinese market, the CIIE will offer an important opportunity for investment attraction and participation in global value chains.