Kashgar commodities fair draws a crowd

16:11, June 30, 2011      

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by Shao Wei

Cross-border trade between Kashgar in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Central and South Asian countries is expected to rise by 20 percent in the second quarter of this year.

That's according to officials at the ongoing international trade fair in Kashgar, an important ancient town on the historic Silk Road and China's newest special economic zone (SEZ).

Zhou Yuhui, the director of the Foreign Trade and Economy Bureau of Kashgar prefecture, told China Daily that the seventh international trade fair held in the city attracted more than 20,000 businesspeople, including around 1,600 from seven Central and South Asian countries such as Tajikstan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The five-day Kashgar, Central and South Asia Commodity Fair, which opened on Tuesday, "should provide a great boost to the existing economic relationship between Kashgar and Central Asian countries", said Zhou.

Pakistani businessmen accounted for more than 60 percent of the foreign attendees.

"Because Pakistan has a very close affinity with, and geographical links with, Kashgar and West China, the potential for a massive increase in cross-border trade is definitely there," said Tariq Puri, chief executive of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), who led a 75-member delegation to the fair.

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<b></b>Source:China Daily
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