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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-11-14 16:06


> Expo expands biz for developing nations

Russian companies hold business talks with Chinese partners at the sixth CIIE. [Photo/China Daily]


The China International Import Expo has given companies from Least Developed Countries a premier platform to showcase their products and expand businesses, helping create more local jobs and improve their quality of life, said exhibitors to at the ongoing sixth CIIE.


Dada Bangla, a Bangladeshi jute handicraft company launched in 2017 and one of the exhibitors, said it has been well rewarded for participating in the expo since its debut at the first CIIE in 2018.


"The CIIE is a big platform and has offered us a lot of opportunities. We are really grateful to the Chinese government for arranging such a unique business platform. It is a very big business platform for the whole world," said Tahera Akter, the company's co-founder.


"Notably, about 95 percent of our workers are women who used to be jobless and without an identity but (that of) a housewife. They are now doing a good job in my company. Their lifestyles have changed and their living standards improved, as they can earn money, buy things and improve their children's education. This is a big achievement, and it would not be possible without the CIIE," Akter, whose company is expanding its presence in Europe, the Middle East and North America, added.


There is a similar story on the African continent. Mpundu Wild Honey, a Chinese-owned company based in Zambia and a five-time CIIE participant, is guiding local bee farmers from the forests into international markets.


The CIIE has continued to make efforts to support firms from LDCs to share opportunities in the Chinese market, with free booths, subsidies for setting up booths and favorable tax policies.


As of March this year, 46 countries were listed as LDCs by the United Nations.


Over the past five editions of the CIIE, companies from 43 LDCs have showcased their products at the expo.


At the ongoing sixth CIIE, 16 LDCs joined the Country Exhibition, while firms from 29 LDCs are featuring their products in the Business Exhibition.


> Iceland declares state of emergency, evacuates residents over threat of volcanic eruption


Iceland has declared a state of emergency, with police officials urging residents to evacuate the coastal town of Grindavík following an intense wave of earthquakes in the southwest of the country linked to a possible volcanic eruption.


Nearly 800 quakes were recorded between midnight and 2 p.m. on Friday, with the shallowest at a depth of 3-3.5 kilometers, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office.


In statements Friday, Iceland’s Civil Protection Agency said a magma tunnel that is forming could reach Grindavík. But as of Friday evening, the Icelandic authority said it has been impossible to tell if and where the magma might break through to the surface.


“Earthquakes may become bigger than those that have already occurred, and this sequence of events could lead to an eruption. However, there are still no signs that the magma is nearing the surface. Its progress is being closely monitored,” the Civil Protection Agency said.


Magma is a mixture of molten and semi-molten rock found beneath the surface of the Earth that can cause an eruption when it finds its way to the surface, becoming lava.


Authorities urged residents to evacuate calmly and emphasized that there is no imminent danger. 当局敦促居民冷静撤离,并强调没有迫在眉睫的危险。

The US Embassy in Iceland issued a volcano alert, warning about the increased signs of volcanic activity.

“If an eruption occurs, follow the instructions of Icelandic authorities. Volcanic hazards may include lava, toxic gases and heavy smoke from fires ignited by lava,” it said.


The world-famous Blue Lagoon thermal pool in the area has already closed due to the ongoing seismic activity.


Since 2021, there has been an eruption almost every 12 months and the latest one took place in July south of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.


Iceland sits on a tectonic plate boundary that continually splits apart, pushing North America and Eurasia away from each other along the line of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.


It is home to 32 active volcanoes.


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