CISMEF International Cooperative Partnership Program Signing Ceremony on Cloud Held to Promote Exchanges with Iranian SMEs
To mobilize Iranian SMEs to participate in the China International SME Fair (CISMEF), strengthen international exchanges and cooperation among SMEs and help SMEs develop both domestic and foreign markets, the Secretariat of the Organizing Committee of CISMEF organized a CISMEF International Cooperative Partnership Program Signing Ceremony on Cloud with Iran Small Industries and Industrial Parks Organization (ISIPO) on September 8. It is also the second event among the series of “Online CISMEF” signing events.
The event was simultaneously held in Guangzhou, China, and Tehran, Iran, with cooperation agreements jointly signed by the Bureau of CISMEF and ISIPO in the form of “Cloud Signing” via a video call. Mohsen Salehinia, Vice Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade of Iran and head of ISIPO, Khalil Shirgholami, Iranian Consul General in Guangzhou, Asghar Mosaheb, deputy head of ISIPO, Wu Hong, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Industry and Information Technology of Guangdong Province and He Zuoxian, Deputy Director-General of the Guangdong SME Bureau attended and witnessed the event.
Wu Hong pointed out that Iran is China’s important economic and trade partner in West Asia. Iran has participated in the CISMEF for five consecutive years since the 12th session in 2015. Iranian exhibitors and exhibits are highly favored. The success of the “Cloud Signing” Event between Guangzhou and Tehran marks the establishment of a regular cooperation mechanism and the entry into a substantive stage of cooperation between the CISMEF and ISIPO. It blazes a new trail of international cooperation for the CISMEF, boosts CISMEF’s long-term development and helps SMEs at home and abroad develop their markets in China and Iran. It will open a new chapter for the overseas exhibitor invitation and investment promotion of the CISMEF. The Secretariat of the Organizing Committee of CISMEF will invite more excellent Iranian enterprises to the Fair and at the same time promote more Chinese SMEs to go global to explore the Iranian market. The Secretariat will also attract more overseas institutions to join in the cooperation, so as to empower CISMEF’s long-term development and help SMEs achieve progress in both the international market and the domestic market, make better use of both markets and resources, obtain more development opportunities and realize sustainable development.
The CISMEF facilitated Iranian SMEs’ display, trade, exchange and cooperation with China and the world, and over 50 Iranian companies participated in the CISMEF, with fruitful results achieved, according to Mohsen Salehinia. He said that greater efforts will be made in the future to organize more excellent Iranian enterprises and products to participate in the CISMEF, and hoped to further strengthen Iran’s cooperation with China through the CISMEF platform and promote a wider-range and higher-level of economic and trade exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.
CISMEF is the only event approved by the State Council of China that focuses on national-level exhibitions of SMEs. Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, State Administration for Market Regulation, and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, it is an international exhibition for SMEs with the highest standard, the largest scale and the widest influence in the Asia-Pacific region. It has been held for 16 consecutive sessions since 2004. CISMEF attracts nearly 3,000 domestic and foreign SMEs every year. Since the first event, the number of domestic and foreign enterprises has reached nearly 50,000, among which there are more than 10,000 foreign enterprises. In addition, CISMEF has cumulative booths of 84,000, attracting merchants and visitors of over 3.72 million. The mechanism of the co-host country started from the 2nd CISMEF in 2005, involving 19 countries and international organizations across five continents. CISMEF has also established distinctive international cooperation mechanisms including the Participation Mechanism of ASEM Members, the South-South Cooperation Mechanism and the China-CEEC SME Coordination Mechanism.