Positive talks: Chinese delegates met with representatives from local councils and the Cradle Coast Authority on Wednesday. Picture: Patrick Fahy The first steps have been taken to establish a relationship between the North-West and the Chinese city of Shenyang.
Delegates from Shenyang Municipal Government and Foreign Affairs Office met with the Cradle Coast authority and representatives from the North-West council’s on Wednesday morning to discuss future opportunities.
International Trade Adviser Sally Chandler, from the Australian Trade Commission said the delegates visit would allow the Shenyang government to get a better understanding of the North-West region.
“They’re extremely interested in this region and the opportunities it provides and they’re looking to make a closer relationship with the Cradle Coast Authority and the council’s within this region,” she said.
Cradle Coast Authority regional tourism manager Ian Waller said the meeting was a great opportunity to identify industries of mutual importance.
“Everything from dairy, manufacturing to agriculture, aquaculture, there’s some real synergies from what we can do with them,” Mr Waller said.
“So if we can build on those relationships, we can build almost that sister region type relationship, where their will be mutual benefits for both of us.”
Shenyang has apopulation of about 8 million,andMr Waller said being able to tap into that size would be very positive for the North-West.
“It’s rare to have thisopportunity to say can we create a genuine relationship between our region and their community.”
“We’ve got to deal with that negative undertone occasionally(whether)we want to be onselling our state to international investors, but Ithink we’ve got to get past that, they are our friends, our colleagues, we can work with them for the benefit of our state.”
On behalf of the nine council’s in the North-West, Circular Head mayor, Daryl Quilliam said only good would come out of the meetingand they would look forward to hearing from themin the future.
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