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Ambassador Faisal delivered a speech at the 2017 South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair

20 March 2017, Beijing, Ambassador H. E. Mohamed Faisal delivered a speech at the promotion event for the 2017 South & South East Asia Commodity and Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF).


During his speech Ambassador Faisal said  that  the SSACEIF was “… not just an opportunity to promote economies and products, but also an important avenue to promote cooperation between China and South and South East Asian countries and beyond, through multilateral diplomacy, economic cooperation and cultural exchange’.


While noting the importance of Yunnan as a regional conduit for trade and commerce, Ambassador Faisal highlighted that Yunnan had a critical role to play in the Belt and Road Initiative as it is China’s window to South East and South Asia with great potential for cooperation between Yunnan and South Asian countries.


In his speech, the Ambassador also noted the special relationship between Maldives and Yunnan province, and said that efforts were underway to open Maldives first diplomatic representative office outside Beijing, in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan during the course of this year. Ambassador Faisal noted that Maldives was a strong supporter of the Expo and Fair held in Kunming, and that he looked forward to Maldives participation in SSACEIF to gain mutually beneficial, win-win opportunities for Maldivian small and medium size businesses and showcase Maldives economy and products to China and the World. Counsellor Dr Amzath Ahmed and Third Secretary Mr. Shaaz Habeeb also attended the promotion event.



The 2017South & South East Asia Commodity and Expo and Investment Fair is co-organised by China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ASEAN-China Center and the China-South Asia Expo and Kunming Import and Export Fair Secretariat. The Expo and Fair will be held from 12- 18 June, 2017 in Kunming city.

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