"The Belt and Road" Initiative has been put forward for six years, significant progress has been made in building policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds. China and countries along the Belt and Road have enhanced strategic mutual trust, built consensus and deepened international trade cooperation. "The Belt and Road" is becoming an important link for China to deepen its opening-up. The foreign trade "road map" of more and more enterprises is speeding up to point to the countries and regions along the Belt and Road.
In the first half of 2019, China's import and export total value was 14.6 trillion yuan, of which exports were 7.9 trillion yuan, an increase of 6.1%; imports were 6.7 trillion yuan, an increase of 1.4%, especially the potential of trade cooperation with all countries along the Belt and Road is being continuously released, which has become a new driving force for China's foreign trade development. And the growth rate of imports from countries along the Belt and Road is higher than the national overall import growth rate, with an amount of 4.2 trillion yuan of imports and exports, an increase of 9.7%, 5.8% higher than the overall growth rate of China's import and export, accounting for 28.9% of China's total import and export value, and the proportion increased by 1.5%. From the perspective of the whole country, the coastal areas with a total import and export volume of more than 1 trillion yuan have become the provinces and cities having the closest trade cooperation with the countries along the Belt and Road.
Hai'an city is located in the east central area of Jiangsu Province, adjacent to Shanghai, with the Yellow Sea in the east and the Yangtze River in the south. It is a key hub city along the river and the sea. It is "the hometown of Chinese eggs", "the hometown of Chinese cocoon silk", "the hometown of Chinese Hu mulberry", "the hometown of Chinese puffer", and "the hometown of Chinese laver", ranking among the top 100 counties and cities in China. Relying on its special geographical advantages, Hai'an has vigorously developed the strategy of "Hai'an is the hub, Logistics to the world" through "five ports in one"---the road port, railway port, shipping port, financial port and information port, and Hai'an has the objective condition of further integrating into the Belt and Road free trade and transnational economic cooperation. In recent years, Hai'an city is actively promoting foreign economic and trade cooperation, keeping pace with the national strategy and seeking diversified development. While quality enterprises are "going out", Hai'an also attaches great importance to the "introducing" of high-quality projects and commodities from countries and regions along the Belt and Road.
The 2020 China·Hai'an "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" Import and Export Products Exhibition Fair is an important node to build China·Hai'an "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" free trade and transnational economic cooperation platform by starting with exhibition, which is a very forward-looking and feasible measure. "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" free trade and transnational economic cooperation platform is based on the theme of free trade and transnational economic cooperation. It invites diplomats in China and business associations from countries along the Belt and Road to gather in Hai'an city, Jiangsu Province to publicize the advantageous resources, products and famous brands of their countries, conduct extensive and in-depth discussions with representatives of Chinese business community, build mutual trust between bilateral advantageous resource products and brands, promote non-governmental economic, trade and cultural exchanges, and truly promote the "introducing" of overseas products and the "going out" of Chinese enterprises.
In September 2018, with the support of many embassies and consulates in China, the launching ceremony and press conference of "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" have been successfully held in Beijing. "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" has reached cooperation intention with many countries’ embassies in China and business associations, and has closely coordinated with many countries’ diplomats in China, officials of domestic and foreign economic and trade departments and enterprises and business associations at home and abroad. Sino-Asia Web TV Station and Hai'an municipal government have successively invested to build "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" Exhibition Hall of 14000 square meters in Hai'an national-level trade bonded logistics park for all embassies and consulates, trade associations and well-known enterprises participating in the platform of "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands". On May 18 of each year, we will hold China·Hai'an "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" Import Products Exhibition Fair and "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" Summit Forum in Hai'an, based on the Yangtze River Delta, giving full play to the structural advantages of regional trade and industrial manufacturing, to the five positioning features of Hai'an national-level trade bonded logistics park: bulk commodities transfer and distribution center, wholesale center of consumer goods, supply center of industrial means of production, trade center of cultural artistic works, and global furniture procurement center in eastern China and to four platform advantages of multimodal transport, bonded logistics, futures delivery and spot trading, which will really facilitate the achievement and landing of bilateral trade.
We will build a humanistic, intelligent and professional "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" National Pavilion. At that time, the National Pavilion will fully display the human geography, local customs, resource products, trade exchanges, etc. of the participating countries, and provide a complete service system platform for online and offline trade connection between domestic and foreign enterprises. It can not only meet the international demand, but also more accurately serve the cross-border purchase demand of the characteristic industrial chain’s raw materials in the development of domestic regional economy. There will be national pavilion exhibition area, roadshow area, AI experiencing area, negotiation area, VIP rest area, special product experiencing area, etc. in the exhibition hall. It will not only serve the national culture and product display of the National Pavilion, but also serve more participating countries and domestic and foreign enterprises.
"Exhibition links the world", the role of exhibition industry in promoting economic and trade development is obvious to all. We strive to build the height of "Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands" platform. In accordance with the principle of "The market plays a decisive role in allocating resources and the government better plays its role", we give full play to the advantages of Hai'an's logistics hub and bonded policies, accelerate the promotion of bilateral trade exchanges, and strive to make Hai'an a Chinese base for products from countries along the Belt and Road.
“一带一路 百国百品 枢纽海安 物流天下”，相信在社会各界的积极参与下，将双边优势产品及企业品牌共同推向全球化的新高度，更期待，在二零二零年的五月十八日，大家能汇聚江苏，海安见！
"The Belt and Road, Hundreds of Countries, Hundreds of Brands, Hai'an is the hub, Logistics to the world". With the active participation of all walks of life, we will push bilateral advantageous products and enterprise brands to a new level of globalization. We hope that on May 18th, 2020 we can gather in Jiangsu Province. See you in Hai'an!