In­tent to forge ties

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

A co-op­er­a­tive part­ner­ship be­tween the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton and Lin­fen City in China will open up “big and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties” for the Mid West, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Shane Van Styn.

Mr Van Styn and the Mayor of Lin­fen City, Liu Yuqiang, signed a let­ter of in­tent dur­ing a del­e­ga­tion trip to China last week.

The let­ter pro­motes cross-bor­der co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the cities through a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to ar­eas such as trade, tourism, min­eral de­vel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Van Styn said it was a his­toric mo­ment for Ger­ald­ton’s fu­ture.

“The let­ter of in­tent so­lid­i­fies Lin­fen City’s com­mit­ment to do­ing busi­ness with Ger­ald­ton, and we know it means growth for our city and re­gion,” he said. “We’re al­ready see­ing promis­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties born from our col­lab­o­ra­tion with China, in­clud­ing the prospects in min­ing, suc­cess­ful ed­u­ca­tion ex­change pro­grams and op­por­tu­ni­ties for freight trade.”

Dur­ing the 11-day mis­sion to China, Mr Van Styn and City rep­re­sen­ta­tives vis­ited Zhan­jiang, Zhoushan and Lin­fen, the City’s strate­gic part­ner.

The trip also co­in­cided with the Tourism De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence of Shanxi Province, to which the City was in­vited to.

Pic­ture: City of Greater Ger­ald­ton

City of Greater Ger­ald­ton Mayor Shane Van Styn and Lin­fen City Mayor Liu Yuqiang signed a let­ter of in­tent which pro­motes cross-bor­der co-op­er­a­tion be­tween both cities.

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