2019 China-South Asia Exposition

2019 China-South Asia Exposition

Brief Introduction

Yunnan is a border province in southwest China and a gateway to Southeast Asia and South Asia. As the Belt and Road Initiative progresses, Yunnan is building itself into a frontier in China’s new round of opening up, according to the expo organizer. The 2019 South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF) was held in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on June 12, 2019.

According to the Executive Committee of the SSACEIF, exhibitors from 74 countries, regions and international organizations were featured in the exposition. A total of 3,348 enterprises from home and abroad attended the SSACEIF, in which nearly half of them are overseas companies. Themed “A Better Gateway and Powerhouse for Shared Development and Prosperity”, Sri Lanka was the theme country of 2019 SSACEIF, and the country of honor was Cambodia.

With 17 pavilions covering an area of approximately 170,000 square meters, six major exhibition zones were also established specifically to highlight attractions and events of featured themesincluding South Asia, Southeast Asia, overseas, domestic and China-South Asia Expo.

Date: 12-18 June, 2019
Venue:  Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Kunming, Yunnan, China


With the approval of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, the China-South Asia Expo is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province of China, and the competent commercial authorities of South Asian countries are invited to co-sponsor it.

In order to adapt to the changing situation and promote win-win cooperation, the South Asian Trade Fair has been upgraded to China-South Asia Fair with the approval of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China in October 2012. Since 2013, it has been held annually in Kunming, China.


The China-South Asia Exposition originated from the South Asian Trade Exposition held for five consecutive years. After several years of cultivation and development, the trade fairs of South Asian countries have been expanding, playing an important role in promoting economic and trade exchanges between China and South Asian countries. 

In 2013 and 2014, the Expo was widely joined by exhibitors from South and Southeast Asia countries. Since 2013, the China-South Asia Expo was held in Kunming, coinciding with Kunming Import and Export Fair. In 2013 and 2014, the expo was widely joined by businesses from more than 40 countries, and provinces and regions of China including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, The foreign trade volume of the expo in the past two years hit over 38 bln USD, and the number of cooperative projects signed at the expo reached at least 900, involving 1,246 bln RMB (appr. 200 bln USD). 

In 2015, the third China-South Asia Expo is expected to become a win-win platform of bilateral diplomacy, economics and trade cooperation, and culture exchange for China and other parts of the world besides South Asia and Southeast Asia countries. The 4th China-South Asia Expo have been held from June 12 to 17, 2016. The expo covered an area of 170,000 square meters and attracted 89 countries and regions from five continents. It witnessed $23.8 billion foreign investment projects signed for Yunnan and $129.7 billion projects signed with other provinces in China.

The 2017 South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair was held in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, from June 12 to 18. The expo aims to deepen the relationship between China and South and Southeast Asia. The fifth China-South Asia Expo opened  in 12 June, 2018 in Kunming, themed “Integrating into the Belt and Road Initiative, Promoting Win-Win Cooperation.” More than 3,800 companies from 87 countries and regions are attending the week-long exposition, with over 40 percent attending enterprises from overseas. 

Related Activities

Compared to the previous SSACEIF, pavilions focusing on the Belt and Road Investment Cooperation, green energy, and natural forest products were set up for the first time. Digital technologies from the Yunnan province were also on display at a newly opened zone.

From the first day of SSACEIF on Wednesday, the regular China-South Asia Expo Section has been officially operating, and will be opened to the public all year round, where traditional characteristics and commodities from South Asian and Southeast Asian countries that were exhibited on CSA expo will be kept as a regular fair. The section included two major zones of the National pavilion and the Featured Commodity Exchange pavilion, covering an area of 10,000 square meters.

Contracts to be inked during the 2019 SSACEIF were estimated at a total amount of over 600 billion yuan (about US$86.7 billion), according to the Executive Committee of SSACEIF. Another 14 series of events and activities, including the 3rd China-South Asia Business Forum, the 2nd China-South Asia Cooperation Forum, and the 7th China-South Asia Southeast Asia Think Tank Forumwill also be held during the seven-day event.


  • The ticket of China-South Asia Exposition is about CNY30.

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