Interview: Argentine president highlights China's important role in int'l services trade

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-12 13:45:53|Editor: huaxia

by Xinhua writer Ni Ruijie, Victoria Arguello

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Argentine President Alberto Fernandez spoke highly of the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), hailing China's role "as a driver of demand and motorization" in trade connected to technology and knowledge.

In a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua, the Argentine president said that the fair is an excellent opportunity for participating countries to strengthen competitiveness in the knowledge-driven economy.

Fernandez was recently invited by the Chinese government to give a speech online in the CIFTIS opening session on Sept. 4, during which he said the event will bring opportunities for Argentina in the fields of technology, industry and e-commerce.

"Participation in this fair is a proof of my government's commitment to the sector, and our conviction of the importance of the knowledge-based economy" for the economic well-being of both countries, he said.

The Argentine government attaches great importance to trade in knowledge-based services and their derivatives, viewing them as a pillar of national growth as well as an important part of global trade, said Fernandez.

"We bet on the knowledge-based economy as a sector that drives the development of our countries, and for this reason, we highlight the importance of platforms such as this fair," said the president.

Noting that Argentina is the second biggest exporter of knowledge-based services in Latin America, Fernandez hopes to deepen ties with China, saying cooperation with China has benefited the industries of both countries.

Bilateral cooperation in different fields are signs of their strengthening relationship, he said.

The Argentine head of state took the close collaboration between the two countries in aerospace as an example, saying that the Argentine company Satellogic has used Chinese investment and services to send its satellites into orbit.

As to the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the president expressed his confidence in a "speedy recovery" based on the solid and potential-enriched "bilateral trade with China," taking into account the complementarity of both economies. Enditem