The Mayoral Trade Delegation of Ontario, Canada, organized by the Canada-China Investment Association (CCIA), successfully concluded its visit to the People’s Republic of China from May 15th to 25th, 2013. The ten-day trip added a new chapter to Canada-China trade relations.
According to Ms. Sophia Ming Sun, President of CCIA, this was a high profile visit with a very tight agenda. Below are some highlights of the trip.
On day one, Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s ambassador to China gave the delegation an introduction to China’s current economic development and his well wishes for the trip. The Delegation met with Mr. Zhenming Chang, President of CITIC Group (China International Trust Investment Corporation). Mr. Chang vowed to continue expanding CITIC Group’s business outside of China and believed the Mayoral Trade Mission provided an excellent opportunity for both Canada and China. Day one concluded with a visit to Tiananmen Square.
On Day two, the Delegation attended the China International Economic & Trade Fair in Langfang of Hebei Province. They also met with Mr. Qingwei Zhang (Governor of Hebei), Mr. Boyong Qin (Deputy Governor of Hebei), and a few mayors from the province.
Returning to Beijing, the Delegation was warmly welcomed by Mr. Tan Tianxing, Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China. He spoke to the delegation about the friendly cooperation and projects between the two countries, and China’s willingness to vitalize and strengthen such cooperation.
Mr. Tan also praised the role CCIA played in supporting such cooperation. The delegation visited China Canada International School and Guo’ao Group (the investor and developer for the venues of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games).
In the ancient capital of Xi’an, the mayors toured the Kaidi Rubber Company, met with their counterpart Mayor Weihua Chang, and joined a conference with the provincial Department of Commerce.
In the city of Wuxi, the delegation attended the reception by the city, and toured the Hongdou Group (a leading garments, textiles and accessories producer).
The last stop was Shanghai, where the city’s Huangpu district government held a conference with the delegation on bi-lateral cooperation and exchange.
CCIA’s Sophia Ming Sun believed that the trip was fruitful. Not only did it facilitate the potential for establishing sister cities between Langfang and Waterloo, Cangzhou and St. Catharines, Xianyang and Bellville, but also succeeded in signing the agreement of cooperation between CCIA and the Shaanxi Council for the Promotion of International Economic Cooperation, and having Hongdou Group become an council member of CCIA.
For more information, please click here to download the Brochure of The First Mayors Delegation.