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Opening of South Africa “Year of China”     

In March 15, 2015, both China and South Africa held the opening ceremony of South Africa ‘Year of China’ at the national theater of Pretoria in the capital of South Africa. Holding “National Year” in each other’s country is the important consensus reached between the president of China Mr. Xi Jinping and the president of South Africa Jacob Mr. Gedleyihlekisa Zuma on President Xi’s state visit to South Africa in 2013. It has ground-breaking significance in the Chinese-African communication history.

Led by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture of China, the overall planning and preparation of the 2015 South Africa “Year of China” have already been completed with joint participation of relevant departments of the State Council of China, relevant provinces and cities as well as the Chinese Embassy in South Africa. China will hold about a hundred of activities in South Africa with the coordination of related departments of South Africa. These activities are organized in various forms and cover many fields such as politics, economics, culture, education, science & technology, tourism, etc., from the enterprises summit forum to the culture week of wild animal related film and television, from the national art festival to university association activities, from the local cultural and economic specialties to Chinese cultural collections…The exhibitions will last through the whole year of 2015 and cover 9 principal cities of South Africa. This South Africa “Year of China” coincided with the 6th China-Africa Cooperation Forum Ministerial Meeting held in South Africa. So it is not hard to image the enthusiasm as well as the new upsurge of Chinese-South Africa and Chinese-Africa communication caused by the two great events.

One of the South Africa “Year of China” series activities—Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITE), China (South Africa) Consumer Goods Exhibition.

SAITEX is the largest comprehensive exhibition in Africa, which has been already held for 21 times. In 2014, the exhibition has attracted 629 companies from 34 countries and 14657 visitors from 44 countries. The total area of exhibition exceeds 20000 square meters.

Our company is the general Chinese agent of this exhibition. Each year we organize over two hundreds of companies participating the exhibition. To corresponding the 2015 South Africa “Year of China”, we plan to increase the participating Chinese companies to 300 and more.  

CCPIT will set a “China (South Africa) Consumer Goods” display area in this exhibition. The special decorated booth will occupy 450 square meters to present achievements of “Made in China”.

The opening ceremony of China Pavilion, the opening party and the forum will be held in June 22 to build a communication platform for the entrepreneurs of China and South Africa using the chances of South Africa “Year of China”.


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