China is one of the countries which produce and consume a large quantity of alcohol and Guizhou is the hometown of Moutai , a national liquor of China. The opening ceremony of China (Guizhou) International Alcoholic Beverages Expo & China Guiyang Fair for Investment and Trade 2011 (Alcoholic Beverages Expo for short) was held on August 18 in Guiyang, Guizhou Province. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan attended and declared the opening of the Alcoholic Beverages Expo. Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei attended and addressed the opening ceremony. Governor of Guizhou Province Zhao Kezhi presided over the opening ceremony. Leaders of 15 departments under the State Council including the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, 28 provinces (cities and autonomous regions), and 4 mutual-assistance cities, and representatives of overseas enterprises attended the opening ceremony.
Alcoholic Beverages Expo was approved by the State Council and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and the People’s Government of Guizhou Province. The theme of this Alcoholic Beverages Expo is to “display global wonderful wines, promote industrial transformation and opening up & development”. The Alcoholic Beverages Expo set up 8 exhibition halls, covering 72 thousand square meters. The Expo attracted 1,854 enterprises to exhibit, and the number of exhibitors and purchasers reached 11,948. Top ten international enterprises of strong liquor, grape wine and beer and top ten domestic enterprises of spirit, grape wine and beer all exhibited at the Alcoholic Beverages Expo.
Source: Ministry of Commerce Website; http://english.mofcom.gov.cn/aarticle/newsrelease/significantnews/201108/20110807704660.html