International organizations eye China procurement
International organizations, including the UN and WHO, are planning to procure more Chinese-made products, officials from the International Sourcing Fair, which opened in Shanghai Tuesday, told the official Xinhua News Agency. The organizations were among many encouraging more Chinese companies to bid for their orders, the officials said. “China isn’t among the largest procurement destinations for the UN right now and that's why we are here for the promotion,” said a sourcing specialist with the UN, whose procurement totalled US$9 billion last year. China has been supplying between US$80 million and US$200 million worth of goods and services to the UN annually over the past few years, mostly plastic products and some IT products. It also provided US$550 million worth of products like medical equipment indirectly through other countries in 2005. More than 200 overseas companies and organizations attended the sourcing fair, calling for a total US$20 billion worth of orders.