The Eighth Russian-Chinese Expo Concludes in Harbin

May 23, 2024
The 8th Russian-Chinese EXPO was held in China on May 17-21, 2024, with support from the Russian Ministries of Industry and Trade, and Economic Development, China's Ministry of Commerce and the People's Government of Heilongjiang Province. The event was managed by Business Event, an international expo operator and a subsidiary of the Formica Group.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Vice President of the People's Republic of China Han Zheng graced the opening ceremony and toured the exhibition together.
The Russian exposition showcased 36 booths, occupying over 3,500 square meters. In five days, 300,000 visitors attended the Expo, including 2,000+ from Russia.

16 Russian regions, alongside industry leaders such as Rostec, Rosatom, Rusal MC, and Delo Group, showcased their advanced projects and collaboration proposals. Other Russian exhibitors included Russian Export Center, Russian Direct Investment Fund, MSP Corporation, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, and Alfa-Bank. Over 50 small and medium businesses from diverse industries, spanning from IT to agriculture, were also featured. Several were acknowledged by the Russian Quality System for their exceptional product quality.

Such leading Russian universities as St. Petersburg State University and Ural Federal University, presented their educational programs. Shenzhen MSU-BIT University is a joint project by Lomonosov Moscow State University, Beijing Polytechnic Institute and the Shenzhen administration. The school showcased their AI technologies.

The welcome area of the Russian exposition commemorated the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and China. Visitors were immersed in the rich history and current status of trade, economic, industrial, technological, scientific, educational, cultural, and humanitarian cooperation between the two nations. Throughout the expo, the welcome area hosted engaging master classes and captivating performances by Russian artists.

For the first the Russian-Chinese EXPO featured a joint display of folk arts and crafts with over 100 unique items. Gzhel Porcelain Factory and Imperial Porcelain Manufactory showcased their exquisite products at a dedicated booth

The EXPO's business agenda included 16 events, such as the Russian-Chinese forum on interregional cooperation, round tables, and seminars covering industries like high technology, metrology, standardization, transport, logistics, and urban economy.

Alexey Gruzdev, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, attended the Industrial Cooperation between Russia and China: Present and Future round table. In his address, the deputy minister outlined the key lines of activities to address the tasks set by the leaders of the two countries: expanding industrial cooperation and constructing new value chains.

Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, emphasized, "In dialogue with our Chinese partners, we prioritize promising projects involving consistent manufacturing localization in Russia, fostering sustainable cooperation, and facilitating technology transfer.

"Russian companies have already achieved some success in the Chinese market, and new achievements await them in the future, given the high quality of products and the ability to adapt manufacturers from the Russian Federation to new conditions," said INNOPROM program director Anton Atrashkin.

The Russian-Chinese EXPO is an annual event, alternately hosted by both countries since 2014. The Russian venue is the INNOPROM International Industrial Trade Fair in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Region, while the Chinese venue is the Harbin International Trade and Economic Fair in Heilongjiang Province.

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