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Matrade certain CAEXPO 2013 will be fruitful

THE Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) is confident the 10th China-Asean Expo 2013 (CAEXPO) will receive overwhelming response from Chinese purchasers despite China's slowing economic growth.

Matrade's Director for Business & Building Materials Section Franchise Unit, Ong Yew Chee, said China's domestic consumption remained strong and this would clearly benefit Malaysian exhibitors.

Commodities and capital goods in China have been reported to receive strong domestic demand since the recent global recession.

"As you know China is a very big market, despite the slowdown its economy grew at 7.8 per cent last year."

he added: "This year, it expects a good growth rate. We understand that consumer strength, the ability of purchasing power of consumers, is still very strong in China," he said.

Earlier, Matrade projected to achieve minimum sales of more than RM100 million from CAEXPO 2013, with the expectation that it will exceed last year's total sales of RM141.12 million.

The food and beverages sector is a promising area, with the expected participation of 68 exhibitors, he told reporters during the setting up of booth on Sunday at the Malaysia Pavilion at CAEXPO, in Nanning, Guangxi, China.

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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