The Agricultural Trade Promotion Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (ATPC), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China was established in 2003. The major functions of ATPC include:
- Participating in the World Trade Organization’s agricultural negotiations, free trade zones’ negotiations and other foreign agricultural trade negotiations, as well as providing technical support;
- Engaging in settling international agricultural trade disputes and reviewing trade policies;
- Providing aid for agricultural trade and initiation related measures;
- Organising and implementing agricultural safety monitoring, assessments and early warnings;
- Carrying out research in domestic and international agriculture and agricultural trade policies;
- Gathering and analysing domestic and foreign agricultural trade information and providing public services;
- Encouraging agricultural trade and organising trade promotion activities such as agricultural trade exhibitions and conventions at home and abroad, as well as promoting agricultural products to international markets; and
- Managing the day-to-day functioning of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Specialized Sub-council of Agriculture and China International Chamber of Commerce, Agricultural Chamber of Commerce
About China International Food Ingredients Expo 2020
Organised by the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) (an agricultural industry sub-council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade), the China International Food Ingredients Expo 2020 (CIFIE) was successfully held on 16 October 2020 in Dongguan, Guangdong Province in China. The theme for this year’s event was “Infinite Heart, Unlimited Food” as it aimed to deepen the supply-side structural reforms of the agricultural sector and facilitate the integrated industrial development in rural areas. As an international platform for promoting information and technology exchange and strengthening trade co-operation, CIFIE strives to help industry members cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event took an integrated online and offline approach for greater reach. In addition to the physical exhibition held on the opening day, there were five virtual ones, which attracted more than 1,500 companies to participate in total. Among the 500 companies participating in the physical exhibition, more than 400 were domestic firms from 30 provinces. Companies and organisations from 17 Central and Eastern European nations and another 25 countries including Norway, Denmark, Germany, UAE and Japan also joined the online and offline activities.