On June 25, 2021, the Launching Ceremony of Establishing the National Pavilions in the Shanghai National Expo Park was grandly held in Shanghai World Handicraft Industry Expo Park. Foreign diplomats from 21 countries including Slovakia, Thailand, Jamaica, Bahamas, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Nepal, Iran, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Cuba, Togo, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Benin and Tanzania, as well as the Former Deputy Director of the Publishing Bureau of the CPC Central Committee’s Central Committee, Mr. Zhang Fan, the Former Chairman of the United Nations Women’s International Forum Mrs. Lu Hailin, the Director of the United Nations International Cooperation and Collaboration Agency Mr. Jiang Weiqing, the President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan, the Executive Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Global Sustainable Development Forum Mr. Zhang Qihua, and the Chairman of the Shanghai World Handicraft Industry Expo Park Mr. Fang Fujun, and more than 100 guests attended the launching ceremony of the National Pavilions at the Shanghai National Expo Park. Based on open, friendly, and cooperative principles and the historical values of the century-old establishment of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai, this project surely opened a new chapter for international cooperation.
The Deputy Director of the United Nations International Cooperation and Collaboration Agency and Minister of the Information Department, President of Home and Abroad News Press, Mrs. Wei Yan delivered a welcome speech. She said, today we gather in beautiful Shanghai to feel the tremendous charms of this city. Shanghai is the window through which the world sees the real China. In recent years, it has created miracles of economic development one after another. With the rapid rise of China's economy, especially diplomatic activities such as the "China International Import Expo", Shanghai is of great significance to promoting international economic and trade exchanges as well as regional cooperation among different countries.
She continued that Shanghai National Expo Park is an approved project as "the first batch of flagship projects of the National Cultural Industry Development Theme" by the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. 21 National Pavilions will be established in Shanghai National Expo Park, and those "National Pavilions" will be connecting with the China International Import Expo (CIIE) every year to attract visitors and entrepreneur delegations around the world. In the future, here will be 100 National Pavilions established in this Expo Park. She said that the curtain has been unveiled and great potentials for cooperation will be discovered for countries. We wish a great success for National Expo Park.
The Chairman of Shanghai World Handicraft Industry Expo Park and Project leader of Shanghai National Expo Park Mr. Fang Fujun also delivered a speech at the launching ceremony. He said that the National Pavilions in Shanghai National Expo Park will further seize the opportunities given to us by history, as a part of Shanghai’s cultural strategic framework, turning Shanghai’s location advantages into real development advantages, and strive to build an international strategic positioning cultural and industrial innovation-driven innovation park. Under the support and guidance of various government departments, the Expo Park will become a bridge, servicer and promoter of the cultural and industrial platform to promote cooperation in multiple fields with all countries around the world, and further strengthen the driving force of powerful innovation and development. At present, Shanghai National Expo Park is actively collecting cultural and industry-related information of the participating countries. According to the actual conditions of each country, we will implement "Shanghai National Pavilion" project as soon as possible to fully reflect the cultural and industrial characteristics of each country, and the national pavilions will be ready to show the world in the near future.
At the Ceremony, Chairman Fang Fujun presented the "National Pavilion Certificates" to the representatives of participating countries. According to the services agreements, Shanghai National Expo Park will provide free pavilion designs, construction, and operational maintenance to each National Pavilions to fully demonstrate their national culture, economy and tourism and other contents.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to China H.E. Mr. Arthayudh Srisamoot, on behalf of the 21 participating countries expressed appreciation for the international vision of the Shanghai World Handicraft Industry Expo and Shanghai National Expo Park. He said that Thailand is honored to be a member of the first group of participating countries to have National Pavilions in Shanghai National Expo Park. Thailand is a world-famous tourist destination and has established a comprehensive strategic partnership with China. It is hoped that through Shanghai National Expo Park, we will promote cultural exchanges and industrial docking between the two sides and carry out practical cooperation in more fields such as cultural tourism with fruitful results.
Before the ceremony, Chinese and foreign guests made a special trip to the Shanghai National Expo Park to learn more about the park features and current status, and exchange ideas to make better cultural and industrial cooperation with each other. Shanghai World Handicraft Industry Expo Park is the only authorized world-class handicraft expo park under the UNESCO-affiliated World Handicraft Council in China. By establishing national pavilions in Shanghai National Expo Park, Chinese and foreign companies can be highly integrated into the global industrial value chain, and they will better communicate, understand, cooperate, explore opportunities together to create new momentum for the country's economic development.