JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Global Sources (Nasdaq : GSOL ) today opened its 1st Annual China Sourcing Fairs in Johannesburg, the largest Greater China-products exhibitions ever to be held in Africa. The exhibitions, which feature 640 exhibitor booths, are to be held December 1-3, 2010, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
"The response to this event has been overwhelming," said Tommy Wong, President of Global Sources Exhibitions. "Continental Africa and South Africa specifically are markets in which Greater China manufacturers are very interested. China trade with Africa expanded 39.5 percent to US$27.92 billion in the first seven months of 2009, reflecting growing demand for China-made products."
"With such an expansive array of suppliers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as from India and the Philippines, the China Sourcing Fairs offer importers and volume buyers throughout the region a wide selection of products from the world's most attractive sourcing markets," said Wong.
Joining Mr. Wong to officially open the events were: -- Mr. Chen Yong, Deputy Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in Johannesburg, South Africa -- Mr. Li Yuan, Commercial Counselor, Economic & Commercial Section, Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Johannesburg, South Africa
The China Sourcing Fairs feature manufacturers of consumer electronics, fashion accessories, garments and textiles, gifts and premiums, home products, and hardware and building materials.
The Fairs are exclusively for importers, traders, and other volume buyers who purchase consumer products for resale to markets throughout Africa. Nearly 35,000 qualified buyers had registered to attend the events in Johannesburg, with about a third coming from South Africa and continental Africa.
More details about the China Sourcing Fair in South Africa are available at http://www.chinasourcingfair.com/southafrica .
About Global Sources
Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China. The core business uses English-language media to facilitate trade from Greater China to the world. The other business segment utilizes Chinese-language media to enable companies to sell to, and within Greater China.
The company provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. It helps a community of over 967,000 active buyers source more profitably from complex overseas supply markets. With the goal of providing the most effective ways possible to advertise, market and sell, Global Sources enables suppliers to sell to hard-to-reach buyers in over 240 countries.
The company offers the most extensive range of media and export marketing services in the industries it serves. It delivers information on over 4.7 million products and more than 262,000 suppliers annually through 14 online marketplaces, 13 monthly print and 18 digital magazines, over 80 sourcing research reports and 20 specialized trade shows which run 57 times a year across 9 cities.
Suppliers receive more than 192 million sales leads annually from buyers through Global Sources Online (http://www.globalsources.com ) alone.
Global Sources has been facilitating global trade for 40 years. Global Sources' network covers more than 60 cities worldwide. In mainland China, Global Sources has about 2,700 team members in more than 40 locations, and a community of over 2 million registered online users and magazine readers for its Chinese-language media.
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