Changsha to host global wholesale markets congress
More than 100 wholesale markets from 40 countries, including France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, and Australia will exhibit and sell their distinctive agricultural products at the event, which will also act as a platform for leaders and managers of many of the world's largest markets to discuss the development and prospects of the industry.
The 30th World Union of Wholesale Markets Congress is going to take place at Changsha, central China's Hunan province, from Sept 22 to 25. [File photo/news.changsha.cn]
The congress is a biennial event held by the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM), a non-profit association that aims to promote the international exchange of information on wholesale and retail markets.
The event in Changsha, Hunan province will be the second congress to be held in China, the first time being in Beijing in 2007.
WUWM chose Changsha as the host city for this year's congress due to Hunan's strength as an agricultural center.
The press conference for the 30th World Union of Wholesale Markets Congress is held in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan province, on Aug 23. [Photo/wuwmcongress.org]
"Hunan boasts rich agricultural resources," said Zheng Chunyang, an official from the Association of Agricultural Products of Hunan province. "But it lacks experience in the international wholesale market."
Therefore, the event is expected to help the province learn from the business models employed by overseas wholesale markets, and to promote the province's achievements to the outside world. It is also an opportunity for Hunan's high-quality agricultural products suppliers to attract more overseas trading partners.
The exhibition will occupy a total area of 24,000 square meters, consisting of an international exhibition area, Chinese agricultural product wholesale market area, Chinese agricultural production base exhibition area, agricultural product exhibition area and supply chain area.
"People can go to the fair and buy fresh fruit from Southeast Asian countries and other agricultural products from around the world," said Zheng.
It is hoped that the fair will serve as a platform for wholesale markets, farms and agricultural e-businesses from home and abroad to have wider and deeper cooperation and exchange experience to facilitate the development of agricultural markets.
The first China International Agricultural Product Supply Chain Fair, the first of its kind in China, will also open the same day.
By Dai Rongzhu, edited by Dominic Morgan