Ivy Tsang, director of business development of Macau Yeng Kee Bakery, was surprised that the sales of the 91-year-old company on the Chinese mainland tripled in the past year, thanks to an agent they found at the 1st China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai last year.
This year, Yeng Kee brought Macau treats like egg rolls, almond cookies and sesame cookies to the second expo. “The expo is a super platform to develop our market on the mainland,” Tsang told Xinhua.
More than 40 companies from Macau attended the expo, covering food, trade, finance and other areas. Many visitors stopped for a taste of the Macau snacks at the Macau exhibition area, which covered an area of more than 600 square meters, an increase of 200 square meters from the first CIIE. The six-day expo ended on Sunday.
Nam Kwong, a Macau-based state-owned trading company with long-established relations with several Portuguese-speaking countries, showcased a variety of Portugal-imported wines.
“We believe there will be unlimited business opportunities in the future,” said Liu Zesi, sales manager of the company’s wine department, who was eager to learn more about the mainland market via the expo.
According to the Macau Post Daily, Macau has the advantage of combining Chinese and Western culture in its cultural and creative industry, said Bela Leong, project manager of Macao Mango International Media Co. Ltd., calling the expo a valuable chance to promote their products in the mainland.
“Macau enterprises have shown great enthusiasm for the CIIE, which reflects the remarkable achievements they made at the expo last year,” said Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac, adding he hoped that Macao enterprises will seize opportunities presented by the mainland through the expo.
Leong visited the expo as a member of a Macau government delegation headed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On last week.