President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has stated his belief that trade and commerce were at the center of economic prosperity, political stability and social harmony. The President made this remark while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 3rd China – South Asia Exposition, and the 23rd Kunming Import and Export Commodities Fair.
Speaking at the ceremony, the President noted that the partnerships between South Asia and China were extremely prosperous. He said that South Asia’s dream of becoming a global bloc of influence in commerce, as well as international goals for future prosperity, could be achieved through good diplomacy and development cooperation between and among the South Asian countries.
President Yameen expressed his confidence that the China-South Asia Expo and the Kunming Import Export Commodities Fair would contribute towards the collective efforts underway to construct of the 21st Century Maritime Economic Silk Route. He praised those behind the successful endeavor, noting that the annual Kunming Expo and Fair served as important platforms for buyers and sellers, while showcasing the range of products and services that would form the bulk of import-export volume between China and the South Asian region.