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Zhanjiang's GDP registered a gain of 183.54 billion yuan ($27.14 billion), a 7.8 percent increase year-on-year for three consecutive quarters, Zhanjiang Daily reported.
The meeting, with themes of cooperation, win-win solutions, inclusion and development, is being held outside Zhanjiang for the first time.
Since the establishment of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) in 2010, trade volume between Zhanjiang in Guangdong province and ASEAN member states have seen a considerable jump.
The export of plastic shoes made in Wuchuan county net $22.88 million in revenue, an increase of 106 percent compared to the same period last year.
The GDP of Zhanjiang's Lianjiang county rose to $1.07 billion in the first quarter, increasing by 10.5 percent year on year, according to the local government on May 9.
The import value during the first three months this year rose by 19 percent compared to the same period last year, adding up to $390 million.