EW’s managing editor was one of the remote participants joining over 1,300 live attendees at the 10th Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation in Nanjing (EPFIC 2020) recently. The event was held at the Nanjing Air-hub International Expo Center, 19-21 August, and was co-organised by the government of Lishui District of Nanjing City, China International Conference and Exhibition Magazine Agency.
The record visitor numbers included 300 trade visitors for the three-day event.
Nanjing, Changsha, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Yiwu, were among the key Chinese exhibition cities that brought groups to the event.
Chu Xiangyin, executive vice-president of China Convention and Exhibition Society, moderated the opening ceremony and Zhang Decai, vice-governor of Lishui District People's Government of Nanjing City, and Zhao Wei, president of New Expo International Media Co., Ltd., delivered opening speeches.
The live audience also watched greeting videos from foreign exhibition industry representatives including UFI president Mary Larkin, international marketing director of AUMA Marco Springer; president of AIPC Aloysius Arlando and EW editor Paul Colston.
Ms Zhang Dongyun of China Foreign Trade Center, on behalf of Xu Bing, vice-president of China Foreign Trade Center (Group), delivered a keynote speech on ‘Daring to take the lead in leading the innovation and development of China’s exhibition industry’. Wu Zhijian, director of the convention and exhibition office of Lishui District People's Government of Nanjing; David Dubois, president and CEO of IAEE; Song Kexin, vice-president of Tencent Cloud Exhibition, and Wan Tao, CEO of the 31 conference, also delivered keynote presentations, covering topics such as the crisis and opportunities of the exhibition industry, smart exhibition reform after the epidemic, and online exhibitions under the new normal.
EPFIC 2020 also featured nine parallel forums.
There was plenty of networking and a golden five-star awards ceremony, with 1,000 attendees.