Three Day Charity Fair Opens in Shenzhen
The first national charity fair opened last Thursday which showcase charitable projects from 544 exhibitors. Dubbed as the highest level charity fair in China, the three day China Charitable Projects Exchange Fair will be divided into six areas at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center.
The six areas will feature seminars, project competitions, charity festival celebrations and online charity projects. The fair also serves as a platform for NGOs enterprises and governmental groups to communicate and do cooperation in several charitable occasions and efforts. Several exhibitors also said that the government should revise the rules regarding NGO registrations and should assist a NGOs development through financial support.
Shenzhen is one of the cities in China that lifted the cap on NGO registrations and since 2008, the city have allowed these non government organizations to directly register at the city civil affairs bureau. In some cities these NGOs are not allowed to register directly with the local civil affairs bureau. They first must be affiliated with an institute or organization before they can get an approval for registration.
Shenzhen is one of China’s most generous cities. In 2011 the city generated more than 1.9 billion yuan in donations.