First Economic Fair Staged by Three Southern Provinces
November 6, 2000
HUAIHUA (HUNAN), November 6 (Xinhua) -- The first-ever economic and trade fair
among Hunan and Guizhou provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has
opened in Jingzhou, an autonomous county populated by
Miao and Dong nationalities in Hunan province.
Attending are 2,200 delegates in 47 delegations from 10 provinces, autonomous
regions and municipalities, including Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Chongqing,
Zhejiang, Guangdong and Shanghai.
This is the first time such a large-scale trade fair has been held in the
region since the nation adopted the strategy to develop the country's vast west
On display are more than 20,000 types of goods in an exhibition area of 10,000
square meters, an official source said.
The fair offered 300 business agreements with a total contractual value of
three billion yuan (361 million U.S. dollars). Some 20 deals valued at 340
million yuan (41 million US dollars) were signed on the opening day.
"The fair is meant to enhance cross-region economic cooperation and promote
economic development in remote areas," said Luo Yaoshun, deputy director of the organizing committee.
Jingzhou is a local transport hub in the region. Having a high forest coverage
73 percent, it is a main producing area of timber, fruit and herbs. A
state-approved comprehensive development program is also being carried out
there on trial basis.