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Guangzhou to build AI hub, with ferries, in Pazhou

Just when you thought the Greater Bay Area couldn’t possibly squeeze in another special zone for the development of artificial intelligence, Guangzhou announces one of its own. Only this one comes with a ferry terminal and is situated right in the middle of the capital city, next to the home of the world’s biggest trade fair.

OK, so it’s not precisely in the middle of the city. Guangzhou is a big place, home to 14 million people and counting. Pazhou, to the southeast of the Haizhu district, is on the other side of the river from Zhujiang New Town and the Guangzhou International Finance Center. But as the city’s master planners describe it, the three form a “golden triangle in Guangzhou’s CBD development”. In any case, the Pazhou Artificial Intelligence and Digital Economy Experimental Zone has been approved and construction is under way.

Yang Xiaohui, Pazhou’s party secretary, said the new ferry terminal will be completed by next year’s Autumn session of the Canton Fair (October). Its main advantage will be as a connection option for passengers coming in and out of the Hong Kong International airport, which has no plans to connect anytime soon to the province’s high-speed railway network. An airport journey will take only two hours, port to port, and will offer check-in and entry/exit services.

Read more (in Chinese).

China’s top tech show to focus on GBA

China’s top technology show will focus this year on innovation within the Greater Bay Area, organizers said. Over 3,000 exhibitors from more than 100 countries and regions are expected to come to the event in Shenzhen in November and organizers said this year’s event, the 21st, will highlight advanced products and technology in fields such as energy conservation, environmental protection, photoelectric displays, smart cities, smart manufacturing and aerospace.

The CHTF will also be on the road, holding overseas exhibitions in Ireland, Serbia and Croatia in June this year.

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Canton Fair off to slow start

Organizers of the 125th Canton Fair have acknowledged a slow start to this year’s event, amid a challenging global environment. Xu Bing, deputy director general of the China Foreign Trade Center, was quoted by Global Times as saying the fair “is expected to face a bit of pressure” and buyer attendance is likely to disappoint.

The Spring session of the fair, China’s largest trade promotion platform, kicked off today in Guangzhou. It will run in three sessions until mid-May.

As global economic growth is slowing and trade protectionism is on the rise, China’s foreign trade development is facing a more complicated and severe external environment, and the task of stabilizing foreign trade is “arduous,” Xu said. This was evident from invitations, hotel booking rates, and ticket bookings in the runup to the opening this week.

When: April 15-19, April 23-27, May 1-5

Where: China Import and Export Fair Exhibition Hall, Pazhou, Guangzhou

More info here.

Shenzhen firms chasing foreign talent

The Conference on International Exchange of Foreign Professionals, an annual event founded by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs in 2001, might not be as well known as the Canton Fair. Yet it is China’s only large-scale human-resources fair catering specifically to foreign professional organizations, training institutions and experts.

The two-day event has been hosted in Shenzhen since 2007. This year’s event rides on the theme of technology and innovation. Its exhibition space will have a dedicated zone for the Greater Bay Area, and more than 100 seminars and forums. As part of the event, there will also be a job fair for foreigners with positions on offer from pharmaceutical, telecommunications, electronics, software, manufacturing and education sectors.

More than 350 companies, including Tencent, Huawei, Walmart, BYD, TCL, Evergrande and Ping An will be there to offer a total of 2,500 positions aimed at luring Chinese graduates who have returned from overseas.

When: April 14-15 (Sun & Mon)

Where: Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center in Futian, Shenzhen

More detailshere.

Canton Fair to kick off next week

China’s oldest and largest trade fair, Canton Fair (officially named China Import and Export Fair) is to kick off on Monday next week. This latest edition of the biannual event (in Spring and Autumn) is set to exhibit a record number of new generation products, according to the organizer.

Covering 1.2 million square meters of display space, the famous trade fair will feature more than 25,000 exhibitors throughout its three phases. Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the fair will bring more innovative, high-end, unique and diversified products in the consumer products and textiles zone.

Home appliance leaders such as Haier, Midea, TCL, Gree and Changhong will showcase their latest product innovations and technological breakthroughs designed to meet customer needs in the IoT and future 5G era. The gathering will also be joined by global companies including Cascade, Time Lab and NUC, who will display smart home functions and digital services.

Serving as a gateway for international companies to explore the Chinese market, the International Pavilion will feature more than 600 companies from 50 countries and regions showcasing their products. For the first time, the Fair will also highlight the establishment and development of the Greater Bay Area with various exchange meetings to promote trade cooperation.

When: April 15-19, April 23-27, May

Where: China Import and Export Fair Exhibition Hall, Pazhou, Guangzhou

More info here.


Places to wine, dine and party It’s that time of the year again in Guangzhou. Whether you’re a visitor to the city or a local looking to try something new, That’s Guangzhou has rounded up a selection of spots to visit over the course of this season’s Canton Fair. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for epic local eats, a healthy Western meal, a boozy night on the town, or even delicious Mexican food, this list has you covered! Read more.