Nanfang Media Group Releases "Guangdong Through the Eyes of Southeast Asian Media"

Video Clip from the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road China (Guangdong) International Communication Forum Captures Participants' Views on the Belt and Road Initiative and Guangdong's Position in the Greater Bay Area Development
Nanfang Media Group
2018-09-24 14:04 906

ZHUHAI, China, Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- From September 19 to 21, Nanfang Media Group attended the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road China (Guangdong) International Communication Forum in Zhuhai. During the forum, local and foreign media had the chance to approach the world reknowned scholars and entrepreneurs, gaining insight into the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as Guangdong's place in the project. 


Among the foreign media participants was Ong Wei Woon, journalist from Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao. "When I exchanged contact details with a staff member from the Zhuhai Port, I scanned and added his WeChat. It was then, I realized that soft marketing like this will be an effective way for Guangdong enterprises to go global as it's close to people's lives," said Ong.

Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister of France, said countries have joined this discussion. "Right now, France has some projects, and some with Guangdong as well, in such fields as nuclear power and auto manufacturing," he said.

The forum also highlighted the most topical issues in Guangdong, such as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, advanced technology and "Made in Guangdong" brands.

Huang Jingyi, journalist from the Straits Times, said one of her focal points was "how the Greater Bay Area plays a role in the Belt and Road Initiative and how these projects could contribute to the economy of countries that are participating in it".

Being the starting point for the Maritime Silk Road (an important component of the BRI), Guangdong does see closer links to an increased number of joint projects along the Belt and Road.

According to a report released at the forum, Guangdong's import and export volume with BRI countries hit 1503.69 billion RMB in 2017, up 14.9 percent year on year. Guangdong's trade with ASEAN, EU and emerging markets has been growing vigorously. ASEAN for example, became the biggest import market and Guangdong's fourth biggest export market in 2017.

Lee Huay Leng, Head of the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, said Guangdong brands such as WeChat, Canton Fair and Sun Yat-sen University are familiar to people in Singapore. But they also face challenges, and need to gain more knowledge about the local markets and adopt localized strategies.

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Source: Nanfang Media Group