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Kunming, Yunnan province was the site of a major event organized by the Taetea Think Tank from December 7-10. This was the Second China-ASEAN Entrepreneurs Forum, on the theme “Jointly Progressing on Innovation-Driven Ground”. Sponsors of the event included the China-ASEAN Business Council, Finance Center for South-South Cooperation, Hong Kong Takung & Wenwei Media Group, Alibaba Research and the TAETEA Group. Parallel sessions on the themes of finance, tourism, health, think tank cooperation, ecological villages were held during the forum.

It may be recalled that a delegation from Taetea Think Tank visited APPFI in Manila in July 2017, in part to invite participants to this annual Entrepreneurs Forum The Taetea Group is a group of companies whose main business revolves around tea production in Yunnan province, specializing in pu-erh tea. Among the purposes of the Kunming event is to build contacts between Chinese entrepreneurs and ASEAN counterparts and explore collaboration in a wide range of areas of economic and social activities.

During a panel on tourism cooperation at which APPFI president gave a presentation, the discussions focused on innovation, cutting edge approaches in the travel and tourism industries, the travel habits and preferences of the mostly young, affluent tourists from China, and the role of social media in promoting tourism and people-to-people exchanges. On the sides of the forum, APPFI held brief conversations on prospects for Chinese engagement in Philippine tourism and e-commerce, as well as possible educational exchanges.