Last week, Deputy Secretary-General Wency Tan and Athena Lai from Public Relations Department of IFA warmly received the Vice-President Joyce Li, her colleagues and members from The Singapore Chamber of Commerce & Industry In China. Both parties discussed the development trend of imported food in China.
While visiting the Food2China Trading Center, Ms. Tan introduced the Food2China one-stop service and the different functions of the center such as promotion and display, office place, conference and activities, catering and supporting services etc,. The representatives of The Singapore Chamber of Commerce & Industry In China highly appreciated the Food2China Trading Center and Food2China one-stop service, and were looking forward to the cooperation in the future.
China and ASEAN are each other's largest trading partner. Up to now, nearly 1,500 kinds of agricultural and food products from the ten ASEAN countries have been exported to China. In recent years, food imports from ASEAN countries have grown year after year, with a growth of 41.7% from January to August this year.
As a member of ASEAN, Singapore is also an important trading partner of China. In 2020, Singapore ranked first in both China's direct investment in ASEAN countries and actual investment from ASEAN countries in China. According to statistics, snack foods and frozen products from Singapore are the most popular among Chinese consumers.
The representatives of The Singapore Chamber of Commerce & Industry In China is willing to strengthen the cooperation with IFA&F2C team in the future. At present, both parties discussed the implementation of building an online platform to promote foods in ASEAN countries. In addition, both parties have reached preliminary consensus on matching Singapore and other ASEAN countries’ exporters and domestic importers, aiming to bring more food and promote the exotic culture from Singapore and other ASEAN countries to China.
In the future, we will continue to cooperate with foreign chambers of commerce in Guangzhou to bring more high-quality foreign food to South China and promote the in-depth development of the imported food industry.