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New Start, New Challenge

….and the Hot New Show for China – 2nd China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) – May 28 to June 1st, 2013

With a new leadership in China there has been a new emphasis on building the services sector.  May 28 to June 1st, 2013, sees the 2nd China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS 2013) running at the CNCC in Beijing. 

 At the inaugural show in 2012 there were over 1,721 exhibitors and well over 100,000 visitors.  During the 5-day event there were 126 Conferences, Forums events and 458 projects signed representing over US$60 billion (46.2bn or RMB368.7bn) worth of contracts.  The organizers are reporting a 40% increase for the 2013 show with an additional 20,000m2 increase in the floor area; the exhibition expands from 50,000m2 to 70,000m2 in May 2013.

To meet this increase in demand the CNCC has prepared an adjacent site with clear space for a temporary structure by Losberger, a contractor for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and also the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010, adding 20,000m2 of space for use by the show organizers.

The CIFTIS 2013 show, with the theme of “Trade in Services: the New Engine for Value Enhancement”, has received more than 16 thousand visitor registrations from business agents and representatives increasing anticipated participation by 28% compared with the 2012 event.  There are now more than 89 countries and regions participating in CIFTIS 2013.  

 The main Elements of the 2nd CIFTIS

-          The Opening Ceremony and Summit Forum (28 May)

-          Beijing Summit (28-29 May)

-          High-level Forums (28 May-01 June)

-          Theme Days (28 May-01 June)

-          Comprehensive Exhibition (28 May–1 June)

-          Business Talks, Promotions & Negotiations (28 May–1 June)

-          Authoritative Information Releases, Signing Ceremonies & Statements (28 May–1 June)

As one of the sessions within CIFTIS, the negotiation meeting of the Digital Content Industry will be held on 30 May.  During the session, more than 20 enterprises specialized in digital content including Google, China Unicom, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press and Taobao E-book. 


The world has entered the age of the service economy, and service innovation has become an important source of added value.  As the manufacturing sector moves into the services sector the trade in services becomes a new force in global trading. Stimulating the development of the service industry is China's way to continue the improvement of the quality of life of its urban and rural residents and thus develop and restructure its economy in services.

CIFTIS is the first comprehensive platform specializing in the trade in services around the world.  Hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the People's Government of Beijing Municipality, it will be permanently based in Beijing.  The World Trade Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are permanent supporters.  Defined as a state-level, international and comprehensive fair for trade in services, the CIFTIS currently figures as the only comprehensive trading platform in the world covering the 12 sectors of trade in services as defined by the WTO, namely:

·        Business Services

·        Communication Services

·        Construction & related Engineering Services

·        Distribution Services

·        Educational Services

·        Environmental Services

·        Financial Services

·         Health and Social Services

·         Tourism and Travel-related Services

·         Recreational, Cultural and Sports Services

·         Transport Services

·         Other services eg IT, Knowledge Process and Outsourcing

CIFTIS is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM), the People's Government of Beijing Municipality and Permanent Supporting Agencies are:

WTO (World Trade Organization),

OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)

UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

Supporting Bodies:

Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Railways of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China

State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council

The State Administration of Radio Film and Television

General Administration of Press and Publication of the People’s Republic of China

General Administration of Sport of China

National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China

State Post Bureau of the People’s Republic of China

State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the People’s Republic of China

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

For Further Information please contact:

Jennifer Salsbury, Senior Director, International

Tel:             +86 10 6499 3516


Tony Xu, Vice President

Tel:          +86 10 8437 1070



Note to Editors – China National Convention Center (CNCC) is owned and operated by the Beijing North Star Company Limited (BNS).  Based in Beijing and established in 1997 BNS is a state owned enterprise which, together with its subsidiaries, engages in property development, property management, property investment & retail operations in China.  The company is involved in the development of the commercial areas of the Asian Games and Olympic village in the northern part of Beijing including the Beijing International Convention Center (BICC) and the CNCC.  The CNCC Complex comprises of the following facilities:

  • The 65,000m2 CNCC including the Convention Center (over 23,600m2 of function space) and the Exhibition Center (40,000m2 exhibition space)
  • Two hotels (420 room four star CNCC Grand Hotel and the 337 room five-star Intercontinental Hotel) connected to the Center by walkways
  • Two 14 floor towers with over 70,000m2 of office & retail space
  • Over 1,000 car parking spaces
  • Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), the main international airport for Beijing is located 26km (16 miles) from the CNCC
  • Direct links to the city Subway lines and arterial road system
  • BNS owns several hotels and hotel managed apartments offering more than 3,200 hotel rooms within 10 minutes of the CNCC.

 This investment by BNS ensures the CNCC will be supported in delivering a high standard of excellence embodied in its facility, its management and its operations.  CNCC is set to start a new era of international standard venues in China.

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