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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.

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