The 18th Investment and Trade Forum for Cooperation between East and West China (ITFCEW) & Silk Road International Exposition were held themed to expand open-up and cooperation and promote the common development in Xi’an, the capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on May 23. Vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Zhang Baowen attended the opening ceremony and announced the opening of the events.
After the opening ceremony, Silk Road International Exposition Forum was held with the theme of “Co-build the Silk Road Economic Belt, Enhance Regional Integration and Development”. Governor of the People's Government of Shaanxi Province Lou Qinjian and vice chairman of the CCPIT Zhang Wei made speeches. Zhang Baowen made a keynote speech. Over 800 representatives from domestic and foreign government agencies, business associations, enterprises and media were present.
Cosponsored by 11 national ministries including the CCPIT and held by Shaanxi Provincial People's Government and the CCPIT, the expo presets an exhibition area of 300,000 square meters with Exhibition pavilions of the countries and regions along the Silk Road Economic Belt, Tourism culture exhibition of the countries and regions along the Silk Road Economic Belt, Characteristic industry and boutique exhibition of the countries and regions along the Silk Road Economic Belt, Creative Art Design Exhibition, etc.
Delegations from 31 domestic provinces and municipalities as well as 674 delegations and 1,799 foreign guests from 77 countries and regions attended the expo.