May 21 marked the second International Tea Day as well as the opening of the 4th China International Tea Expo. The Expo, held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, was cohosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province. Tang Renjian, Minister of MARA, and Zheng Shanjie, Governor of Zhejiang Province, attended the event and delivered remarks. Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and Zhao Yide, Governor of Shaanxi Province, sent video remarks. Mu Degui, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Guizhou Provincial People's Congress, delivered remarks.
Minister Tang pointed out that since the first tea expo was held, people have witnessed more and more innovative activities of tea expos with increased exhibition scale, diversified exchange events and greater momentum in tea industry development. Looking forward, we should continue to hold tea expos to promote exchanges among different tea cultures, and encourage tea industry development as well as tea technology innovation.
He reiterated that we should improve our work in the following areas: 1) Promote tea culture, and strengthen the inheritance, protection and exchanges of intangible cultural heritage of tea; 2) Revitalize tea industry, continue to improve the pattern of tea production, encourage green production, and develop new consumption models; 3) Further boost tea technologies, step up efforts in independent innovation, improve tea varieties and quality, and increase efficiency of tea industry.
Minister Tang put forth three proposals for propelling sustainable and healthy development of global tea industry, and for furthering exchanges and mutual learning among different tea cultures. First, work together to expand tea trade cooperation and facilitate common prosperity for all. Second, work together to deepen the integration of tea cultures, promote the role of tea as a beverage to serve guests and friends, and help build a community with a shared future for mankind. Third, share the experience of poverty alleviation through tea industry development, support developing countries in rejuvenating their tea industries, transform more barren mountains into tea plantations, and bring wealth and benefit to the people of all countries.
In light of the theme “Tea and the World Share Development,” this year’s Tea Expo aimed at fully advancing rural vitalization, with building tea brands and boosting tea consumption at its core. The Expo fully showcased the achievements of China’s tea industry, including new varieties, new technologies, and new business models. It attracted more than 1,500 exhibitors and over 4,000 professional buyers. A series of events were held during the Tea Expo, including the China Tea & Poetry Appreciation and Exchange Meeting; Dialogue on Tea by the West Lake - The 4th China Summit Forum on the International Tea Industry and China’s Celebration of International Tea Day; the 4th China Contemporary Tea Culture Forum; the 2021 Tea Town Tourism Development Conference.
MARA Vice Minister Ma Youxiang chaired the opening ceremony. Liu Xiaotao, Deputy Governor of Zhejiang Province, and Wei Baigang, Chief Economist and Director of the General Office of MARA, attended the event. Liu Xin, Mayor of Hangzhou Municipality, also delivered remarks. In addition, representatives of 19 embassies and a number of international organizations in China participated in the event.