Eliza Goetze

Council delegation to visit China for trade and economy

A BUNDABERG Regional Council delegation led by Mayor Jack Dempsey will visit Bundaberg's Sister City Nanning in September.

At yesterday's ordinary meeting, Council supported a motion for the delegation to attend Nanning as part of a trade and economic mission.

Mayor Dempsey said an invitation had been extended by Nanning's Mayor, Zhou Hongbo, for the delegation to visit during the annual China-ASEAN Expo and the Nanning International Sister Cities Forum.

"The ties between Nanning and Bundaberg have been steadily evolving over the 18 years of the relationship and have progressed to a point where there are genuine advantages for the Bundaberg Region to continue to nurture the economic and trade benefits that have emerged.

"This economic benefit is particularly evident in the areas of agriculture, aviation, education and tourism and the forthcoming visit will again target these areas for discussion."

"The Nanning Municipal People's Government has been very generous to Bundaberg and this is evidenced by their offer to fund the first stage of refurbishment to the Chinese Pavilion and surrounds in the Botanic Gardens.

"This will be a significant contribution and during this visit the delegation will examine design concepts associated with the work.

"In conjunction with both the State and Federal governments, Council is working towards establishing a trade office here in Bundaberg in the near future and forming links with Nanning that could prove valuable in long term trade opportunities will also feature as a part of the delegation's role.

"This is a delegation that is business driven as much as it is relationship driven and our very busy itinerary clearly indicates a Chinese desire for productive talks."

The delegation will comprise of Councillors Dempsey, Batt, Heuser and Sommerfeld and Haiyi Wu, Council's Senior Development Officer International Relations.

Council will fund travel to Nanning through its Sister Cities Program budget. All other expenses associated with the visit including accommodation, meals and internal transport will be met by the Nanning Government.

Council will provide a community report on the outcomes of the visit upon the delegation's return.

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