A DELEGATION OF GOVERNORS FROM URUGUAY VISITS CHINA
Recently, governors from the Artigas, Flores and Soriano departments of Uruguay visited China and held a tourism conference at the Embassy of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in Beijing. They introduced resources, specialty products and other aspects about their departments.
Artigas Department is the northernmost department of Uruguay. It borders Brazil to the north and east and Argentina to the west. The department is rich in amethysts and olives. Its annual fair is a highlight of the region, and people look forward to it every year. Both Uruguayan and foreign tourists are interested in its abundant, natural bathing springs. Artigas produces quality wool and bee products, and its people enjoy a relatively high standard of living.
Flores Department is located in the southwest part of central Uruguay and is a good access point to the nation for the Southern Common Market (South American trade bloc). The department and its capital of Trinidad are strategic communications hubs for Uruguay.
Soriano Department is situated on the Uruguay River, has access to abundant water resources and makes use of water transportation. Its sophisticated road network connects the department with the rest of the country as well as Argentina and other parts of South America.
All three governors indicated that they had many opportunities to learn from China and its rapid growth and are eager to participate in more trade and cooperation. They hoped to improve relations with China and attract more Chinese investors to Uruguay.
The Flores Department governor signed cooperative agreements with Shennongjia Global Geopark in Hunan Province and Fangshan Global Geopark in Beijing during his stay in China. The agreements will improve exchanges between Flores Department and two geoparks with regard to science, technology, environmental information and materials, promote public relation events, encourage exchange trips and the sharing of administrators and experts, and help create and implement cooperative plans and projects.