Vice President Yosiwo P. George Visits Guangdong,
Press Release #1611-01
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
November 16, 2016
The Honorable Vice President Yosiwo P. George
visited China’s Guangdong Province from October 26-31, 2016 to attend
the 2016 Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road
International Expo in Dongguan on October 27 and the Production Capacity
Cooperation and Innovative Development Forum in Guangzhou on October 28.
events are part of the Central Government’s Belt and Road initiative
aimed to revitalize and integrate China’s economy with economies abroad.
This is the third year that the Maritime
Silk Road Expo has been hosted in Guangdong province.
has become an effective platform in enhancing cooperation and exchanges
between Guangdong province and countries along the Maritime Silk road.
The 2016 Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road
International Expo received strong support from 73 participating
countries and regions, of which 39 national pavilions were set up in the
The 2016 Expo attracted 1,500 enterprises
from China and abroad, and has contributed to the strengthening of the
economic and trade ties with Guangdong Province.
to the opening of the Production Capacity Cooperation and Innovative
Development Forum that was held in Guangzhou on October 28, Vice
President George spoke on behalf of the delegations of foreign
dignitaries in the meeting with the Honorable Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of
President George extended congratulations to Guangdong province for the
hosting of the Expo and Forum.
He also acknowledged
the opportunities that exist through the Maritime Silk Road initiative
and looked forward to the benefits for win-win situations for all.
At the regional level, Vice President George
thanked Governor Zhu for the role that his province has played in the
engagements of China with the Pacific Islands.
noted the success from the second China-Pacific Island Countries
Economic Development and Cooperation Forum held in Guangzhou in November
of 2013 and encouraged Guangdong and the Pacific Islands to continue to
build on that momentum to further enhance cooperation in the areas of
investment, trade, and tourism.
Vice President George assured Governor Zhu
that the Pacific was eager to work with Guangdong province to ensure
that the 21st century Maritime Silk Road can benefit and
conveniently connect China to the Pacific region.
Also present at the meeting was Deputy
Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Honorable Joe Natuman.
In addition to the Expo in
Dongguan and the Forum in Guangzhou, Vice President George also visited
The Zhongshan municipality is famous for
its thriving private sector and for being the home of
Doctor Sun Yat-sen.
Zhongshan is highly regarded for its
lights industry, rosewood furniture industry, and metal hardware
On top of these key industries, Zhongshan
is also noted for its education, health, fisheries, and tourism sectors.
In Zhongshan, Vice President George was hosted by
Mayor Jiao Lansheng.
A meeting took place between the two
leaders where both sides reaffirmed their hopes for more cooperation.
Zhongshan has already been engaging the
FSM states of Yap and Pohnpei through high level technical and cultural
Both Governors of Yap and Pohnpei have
lead delegations to Zhongshan and vice versa.
The Vice Mayor of Zhongshan visited Yap
and Pohnpei in May 2016.
During the meeting with Vice President George,
Mayor Jiao noted his Government’s interest to cooperate with the FSM in
the area of education, health, tourism and sports.
The Mayor also reported on the previous
visits of his Vice Mayor to the FSM and further stated that he will also
dispatch officials from his key departments to visit the FSM to further
identify potential areas that the two sides can cooperate on.
Vice President George expressed his
appreciation to Mayor Jiao for all the support and interest to cooperate
with the FSM.
In addition to the potential areas of
cooperation that Mayor Jiao identified, the Vice President also
recommended that fisheries and aquaculture be considered too since both
the FSM and Zhongshan attach high value to marine resources.
Vice President George’s
visit to China has further enhanced the strong relationship that exist
between FSM and China.
The Christian administration values its
relationship with China and encourages more high level exchanges, as
well as people-to-people exchanges to further contribute to the
enhancement of the overall bilateral relationship between FSM and China.
The members of the Vice
President’s delegation included
Second Lady Mrs.
Antilise W. George,
Ambassador Carlson D. Apis, Special Assistant Herman Semes, Jr. and
further information, contact the FSM Embassy in Beijing at Ph:
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