NAIROBI, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The China-organized trade expo facilitates the flow of African products to a bigger market, said Gerard Sina, owner of a Rwanda-based food-processing company, after attending the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo last week in central China.
Having returned home from the expo, the entrepreneur said, "I have high hopes of tapping into the big Chinese market for my products."
China remains Africa's largest trading partner over the past decade with bilateral trade jumping by 20 percent year-on-year to 204.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.
The strong ties between the world's biggest developing country and the largest developing continent received another boost last week when several events, including the trade fair held in Changsha, capital of China's Hunan Province, yielded more tangible benefits and consolidated their consensus on win-win cooperation.
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From June 27 to 29, Sina vended his company's fruit juice and chili pepper sauce as well as banana wine at the Changsha expo, which attracted more than 10,000 guests and traders, including those from 53 African countries.
According to the organizer, 84 deals worth 20.8 billion dollars were reached in trade, agriculture, tourism and other fields during the three-day event, an outcome of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit held last September.
Sina hailed the exhibition as "another opportunity to expand our networks," adding that the trade fair provided a platform for African entrepreneurs to learn more about international brands.
"Such trade fairs are important in supporting existing and startup businesses in Rwanda and Africa in general," he said.
"The expo was a success. The Chinese leadership is keen to provide the best business environment for exhibitors to showcase their products," he said.
A delegation from Zambia's North-Western Province said it used the expo to highlight the investment opportunities in the province's such sectors as agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. via @XinhuanetNews