Hannover Milano Fairs China Attended the Roundtable of Convention & Exhibition Industry Held in Shanghai

On June 21st the 17th roundtable for the dialogue between the government and convention & exhibition companies was presided over by Zong Ming, Deputy Mayor of Shanghai, to discuss a way of helping businesses to overcome difficulties in preventing the pandemic and resuming work and production. This event aims at boosting confidence in the convention & exhibition industry (C&EI) and supporting its quality development. Wen Daxiang, Deputy Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, briefed on the COVID prevention campaign and shared with companies tips about restoring order in work and production. Gu Jun, Director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, laid out policies to support of Shanghai’s economic recovery. Officials and representatives from government departments and the Qingpu District also made their presence.


Representatives of the C&EI - Shanghai International Exhibition (Group), GL Events China, Hannover Milano Fairs China, Shanghai New International Expo Center, and Parket, shared how companies have been adapting to the pandemic and what progress in resuming work and production has been recorded. They asked questions and made recommendations on covering preferential territorial policies, fast channels and measures to facilitate the invitation of domestic and foreign merchants, COVID prevention requirements for important online and offline events, compensation for the requisition of venues amid the pandemic, and the delayed contributions to social securities as well as the application for vacancy subsidies. Representatives from government departments and the Qingpu District responded to their questions on site.


According to Zong Ming, the C&EI in Shanghai has strictly fulfilled disease prevention requirements and consolidated the defense line while contributing to the whole COVID prevention campaign without being intimidated. She expressed appreciation to all supportive and cooperative market players of the C&EI for their efforts responding to the pandemic.


Zong Ming pointed out that the C&EI in Shanghai, one of the most prominent cities for this industry in the world, is featured by globalized and diversified development based on market rules. The pandemic has delivered unprecedented shocks to Shanghai’s economy and plunged companies from the C&EI into difficulties. The Shanghai Municipality will execute policies and introduce measures at a faster pace to stabilize the economy and support companies as much as it can to weather through the crisis. It will properly promote the recovery of C&EI according to the national and municipal disease prevention policies as long as the pandemic is generally put under control. Efforts will also be made to organize and prepare for the 5th China International Import Expo so as to generate the spill-over effect and driving forces. It is for sure that CIIE will register more successes. She encouraged convention & exhibition companies to be fully prepared for an orderly reset and restoration at the right time as well as the quality development of the industry. Furthermore, she called on participants to contribute to Shanghai’s economic recovery and building “an international center of convention & exhibition”.


The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce is required to take the lead in coordinating relevant departments to collect and respond to business concerns. Companies should be informed of progress as fast as possible. Besides, the competent authority is expected to better communicate with companies and support business operation of the C&EI by providing better and more thoughtful services.