Construction of the venue for the 6th China International Gardening and Flower Expo started at Zhongzhou Island in Xiamen yesterday.
    The expo, a top event in the gardening and flower industry, will be jointly held by the Ministry of Construction of China and local governments of China.
    The first five sessions have been successfully organized in Dalian, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen respectively.
    The 6th expo will be held in Xiamen from September 2007 to March 2008.
    Zhongzhou Island covers a total area of around 6.76 square kilometres, with a land area of 3.03 square kilometres, and the remaining area as water.
    "The designers will divide the expo park into nine islands and two peninsulas," Pan Shijie, vice-mayor of Xiamen, said during a promotional conference of the expo yesterday, "The nine islands are five exhibition islands and four ecological scenic islands."
    The nine islands and the two peninsulas will be connected by an avenue, according to the blueprint.
    "The avenue will not only function as a through-way for traffic, it will also serve as another important landscape feature of the park," Pan said. "We will decorate the road as a long garden."
    The road will be 30 to 50 metres wide and 2,300 metres in length.
    The park is also expected to be built into a permanent seaside park.
    "After the expo is over, all the decorative features will be kept and maintained," Pan said. "People can enjoy the same beautiful sights whenever they arrive at the island."
    The core of the island is the Expo Island The island which covers an area of 76 hectares, and is divided into three gardens of different styles, including Chinese traditional styles and Western styles.
    The exhibitors of the expo from China and other countries and regions will display their own horticultural works on the Expo Island.
    Min Tai Garden is a another key landscape of Expo Park. Min Tai means Fujian Province and Taiwan in Chinese.
    The garden covers an area of 17.27 hectares, and comprises of an horticultural area, an entertainment area and a Minnan Culture Village.
    Lots of dancers and musicians will be invited to give performances to visitors in the entertainment area,
and a raft of activities on local culture will be held in the Minnan Culture Village.
    "We will hold some cross-Straits communication activities and academic studies at that time," Pan said.
    As the 11th China International Fair for Investment and Trade will be held during the session of the expo, Pan said more foreign visitors will be drawn to the expo then.
     As the only software company from East China's Fujian Province to participate in the Ninth China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), Rongji Software Developing Co Ltd expects to seek more foreign investment while exhibiting its innovative products.
    Lu Feng, chairman of the company, said yesterday that his company will mainly promote its newly developed "Discerning Eye" National Anti-Counterfeiting Information System Project at the ninth CIFIT, which opens today in the coastal city of Xiamen.
    By installing a special-purpose IC chip in mobile phones, the "Discerning Eye" project provides a new concept and application of digital anti-counterfeiting.
    By building the project, it enables customers to detect counterfeiting goods through a mobile phone, which can collect the commodities' key information and send to Rongji's anti-counterfeiting information centre for verification.
    "The project will greatly drive the development of the anti-counterfeiting technique in China," said Lu.
     As a new technique in the IC industry, Lu added that it will bring benefits for customers and help protect China's renowned brands by fighting against counterfeit goods.
    "Chinese customers and enterprises have always been easy victims of counterfeit commodities," said Lu.
    According to a report released by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, the output value of counterfeit goods in China stands at 130 billion yuan

(US$16 billion) every year and causes an annual economic loss of about 200 billion yuan (US$24.6 billion).
    Lu said that the initial investment for the project is estimated at US$200 million to US$300 million. The company has earmarked about 200 million yuan (US$24.6 million) to develop a testing facility for the project.
    "Besides foreign investment, we still have to negotiate with some mobile phone producers to further develop the project," said Lu.
     The basic objective of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) is to attract foreign investments, assist foreign companies in establishing their businesses in Poland and thus work in favour of improving the country's image on the international arena.
     The mission of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency is to support the economic growth of Poland through activities aimed at increasing the inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) and building a positive image of Poland abroad.
     By 2003 Poland had attracted over US$72.7 billion in FDI and thus became the largest beneficiary of this type of investment in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
     Up to now the largest amounts of FDI were flowing from France, the Netherlands, the United States, Germany, Italy and UK.
     Poland currently ranks fourth among the most attractive locations for foreign investment in the world, behind China which occupies the top spot.
     However, thanks to participation in the Ninth China International Fair for Investment and Trade, PAIiIZ hopes to raise the awareness of Poland among companies from the People's Republic of China and thus encourage them to locate their capital in the country, particularly now it has entered the European Union.
     PAIiIZ offers investors quick access to complex information regarding the economic and legal investment environment and help in finding attractive locations for investment. It also assists in interpreting regulations and legal procedures connected with carrying out investment, advising on each phase of the investment process.
     The main elements of the agency's strategic plan are:
* to increase the inflow of foreign direct investment to Poland,
* to raise awareness of Poland as preferred investment location,
* to improve the local environment for foreign investments, and ensure that potential investors have access to the key players in the Polish market,
* to provide information to foreign investors and their advisers, as well as to foreign chambers of commerce and economic and trade divisions of Poland's embassies and consulates worldwide.
     In order to carry out the strategy properly and effectively,the agency has recently launched its new website in the form of an economic Internet portal -- The portal aims at familiarizing readers in the best possible way with economic, political, legal and social factors influencing decisions of foreign investors to locate their business in a particular economy and thus proving that Poland is the most suitable place for their investment.
     For more information, please contact:
Polska Agencja Informacji i Inwestycji Zagranicznych S.A. Or Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency
    Add: ul.. Bagatela 12, 00-585 Warsaw, Poland
    Tel. (+48 22) 334 98 00
    Fax: (+48 22) 334 99 99
    Poland and China have a lot to offer each other. China has one of the most dynamic economies in the world and great human resources. Through its reforms and opening-up policy, the country offers even more chances for foreign investment and trade.     China's WTO membership will certainly speed up the process of liberalization and opening.
Poland has a liberal market economy and foreign trade regime. Practically anyone can start their own business, even in foreign trade.
    Foreigners can establish companies on practically the same conditions as Polish citizens. The State sticks to the policy of not interfering in private business.
    Poland was the first country in central Europe to introduce market-oriented reforms. The country has created an effective economic system that will secure economic stability and the people's welfare. After introducing the market system in the early 1990s, more and more sectors of the economy have been reformed and modernized.
    In the late 1990s Poland enjoyed one of the highest growth rates among European countries, amounting to 4.1 per cent in 1999 and 4 per cent in 2000. In recent years, Poland has experienced a minor slowdown but the nation expects that the economy will grow in the near future.
    Inflation has also been successfully controlled in the country, with a rate of just 1 per cent last year.
    This is even more extraordinary in that it was accomplished while implementing economic reforms across various sectors.
    Poland aims to develop trade and investment relations with Asian countries and with China in particular, as its priority target.
    Poland and China have long traditional economic relations, but in the early 1990s bilateral trade decreased. From that time Poland has had a negative balance of trade with China.
    Both Chinese and Polish governments are now looking for ways to reduce the deficit.
    It hoped that Chinese companies will increase their imports from Poland, which is strong in environmental protection, coal mining, machine building, transportation and chemical industries.
    The government is also encouraging more Polish companies to invest in China and welcomes an increase in Chinese enterprises investing in Poland.
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