Palmerston North Mayor leads business delegation to Asia
12 July 2017
Palmerston North Mayor leads business
delegation to Asia
Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith is leading a delegation to China, Japan and Singapore to explore a number of business opportunities and sign a new education agreement with Sister City Guiyang.
The 12 strong delegation departed today and includes representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Central Economic Development Agency, Building Clever Companies (BCC), Massey University, UCOL, Helisolutions, BlueSky Group, and Southern Cross International Import & Export.
“International connections are absolutely vital for Palmerston North’s growth, and we’ll be visiting a number of high-value destinations including Chengdu, Shanghai and Tokyo, along with our Sister City Guiyang, our Friendship City Kunshan and Mihara in Japan where another friendship relationship is forming,” says Mayor Grant Smith.
“We’ll be travelling with a
pop-up expo of Palmerston North that promotes our city as a
great place to visit, study, invest, live, and do business.
In Chengdu alone the expo will reach between 60 and 80
potential investors, business and education
The trip also coincides with the 25th anniversary of Palmerston North’s Sister City relationship with Guiyang, China.
“The anniversary provides an
unmissable opportunity to cement our relationship with
Guiyang and to grow cooperation and mutual benefits. The
South West of China is an increasingly rewarding market for
New Zealand businesses, with less international competition
compared to Eastern China, while still benefiting from
strong local brand recognition for safe, quality products.
Manawatu businesses have another advantage with our
long-standing Sister City relationship, and we are looking
to really make the most of this.”
International education will also be a key focus of the visit, with the Mayor signing a new education cooperation agreement with Guiyang. In Japan the delegation will be visiting Okayama, home to IPU founder Mr Hiroshi Ohashi, where the Mayor will be addressing the University open day.
The trip has been planned during a break in Council meetings so the Mayor can get away without impacting Council business.
Council funded participants include the Mayor, the
International Relations Manager and an interpreter. After
his return, the Mayor will host a public seminar to talk
about the outcomes of the delegation visit.