PANZHOU, China, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 9, 2018, the China-ASEAN International Production Capacity Cooperation & China Overseas Investment Fair Tuole Forum 2018 (Tuole Forum 2018) took place in Tuole Village, Panzhou City, Guizhou Province, China, with the participation of officials, diplomatic envoys, experts and entrepreneurs from over 20 regions and countries. Lu Yongzheng, the Vice Governor of the People's Government of Guizhou Province announced the opening of the forum.
Tuole Forum is the first international conference held in a Chinese county-level city since China established dialogue relationship with ASEAN. Since its initiation in 2016, Tuole forum has achieved outcomes such as Tuole Consensus, Guizhou-ASEAN Industry & Commerce Federations Action Plan and Guizhou-ASEAN Mountain Tourism Development Plan. Panzhou has signed 12 economic and trade cooperation agreements in a total amount of some 7.5 billion RMB with 10 ASEAN countries, covering a wide range of fields including manufacturing, building materials, electronic products and tourism. By hosting ASEAN Fair and Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Trade, Tourism and Culture Exchange, Panzhou advanced tourism cooperation with more than 20 Southeast Asian travel agencies, built Guizhou-ASEAN Industrial Park, and brought in over 30 enterprises.
"We aim at gaining China-ASEAN exchanges, win-win cooperation and co-prosperity from Tuole," said Li Gang, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Liupanshui Municipal Committee and Mayor of Liupanshui at the opening ceremony. Liupanshui will further strengthen exchanges and cooperation with "Belt and Road" countries through Tuole Forum, to build the forum into an important platform for deepening cooperation in China and ASEAN.
Jaime Casafranca, Minister Counselor of the Peruvian Embassy in China, attended the opening ceremony of Tuole Forum 2018 and said he hopes to strengthen cooperation with China by intensifing bilateral trade and seeking new points of economic growth. "China is Peru's largest trade partner and mineral investment destination," Jaime said. In the first nine months of 2018, Peru registered exports worth 10.16 billion U.S. dollars to China.
Panzhou, the host city of Tuole Forum, is the west gate of Guizhou province. With time-honored history and culture, Panzhou, once the main battlefield of China's "Three-front Movement", is an important node of transportation, energy, business logistics and tourism in the Yunnan-Guizhou region, an energy base in the south of China and the "world home of ancient ginkgo".