Xiamen counts down to BRICS summit

Added On August 11, 2017

It's less than a month to go ahead before the ninth BRICS Summit to be held in the Chinese city of Xiamen.
Preparations are in full swing in the coastal city, with thousands of representatives expected from abroad.
To see how things are going, CNC talked with the city's deputy mayor.
In Xiamen, it's all systems go.
A total of 2,000 volunteers are undergoing two months of training, while construction crews race against the clock to complete facilities.
Renovation work on the city's arterial roads and some parks is also under way.
SOUNDBITE: HAN JINGYI, Deputy Mayor of Xiamen
"Every aspect of the BRICS preparation is going well. Xiamen is well experienced in international events hosting. The works will be organized and smooth."
The deputy mayor said that Xiamen has a long history of trade and economic cooperation with the other four BRICS countries.
SOUNDBITE: HAN JINGYI, Deputy Mayor of Xiamen
"The city of Xiamen has many natural areas of cooperation with the other four BRICS countries, such as complementary resources and its geographic location. During 2011 to 2015, trade volume between Xiamen and BRICS countries increased nearly 10 percent every year. The four countries have  all entered the top 20 trade destinations for Xiamen. Especially in the first half of this year, BRICS-Xiamen trade volume increased rapidly, exports rose more than 60 percent and imports 82 percent."
For Xiamen, which was established as one of China's earliest special economic zones in the early 1980s, the BRICS Summit is a golden opportunity for the world to rediscover the city's glory.
SOUNDBITE: HAN JINGYI, Deputy Mayor of Xiamen
"Currently there are 43 investment projects of the four BRICS countries in Xiamen. Meanwhile, Xiamen has 11 overseas investments in the four countries. We have a huge potential in ICT and biopharmacy industry cooperation with them. Xiamen has also established trade offices in India's Mumbai and South Africa's Johannesburg during past years to boost the bilateral trade and economic cooperation."
The 9th annual BRICS summit takes place between the 3rd and the 5th of Sepember, and also includes Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa.