Jan to China

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil last week unan­i­mously ap­proved mayor Jan Barnes be­ing part of a trade del­e­ga­tion to China.

‘‘The del­e­ga­tion will be made up of may­ors from around the coun­try,’’ Barnes ex­plained of the trip or­gan­ised by Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment New Zealand.

‘‘ Coun­cils were given the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press an in­ter­est in the trip, then were se­lected by Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment New Zealand to en­sure the del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sents New Zealand’s wide range of in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

May­ors are re­garded as key in es­tab­lish­ing con­tact with pos­si­ble in­vestors in China. Each mayor is also al­lowed to in­vite a small num­ber of busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the dis­trict to join the del­e­ga­tion.

‘‘At this stage two lo­cal busi­nesses have com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing their time and money to be part of this del­e­ga­tion. They see it as a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to show­case our dis­trict,’’ Barnes said.

The del­e­ga­tion will meet with Chi­nese may­ors from ma­jor re­gions and cities, who will also visit New Zealand next year as part of this on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘China is a coun­try of enor­mous po­ten­tial for tourism and food pro­cess­ing – both key in­dus­tries in the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict,’’ Barnes said.

‘‘We need to take time to form strong re­la­tion­ships with China for that busi­ness to hap­pen, and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment New Zealand know that may­ors can play a vi­tal role.’’

The del­e­ga­tion will be hosted for three days in Xi­a­men.

Mayor Jan will then travel to Shang­hai, where she will meet in­vestors and be hosted by a busi­ness­man who has been de­vel­op­ing his busi­ness in Wa­haroa.

‘‘This is an ideal op­por­tu­nity to build on our ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ships and to dis­cuss fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ she said.

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