On November 9th, the first China Latin local government cooperation forum was held in Chongqing, 65 foreign representatives from 20 cities of 16 countries and 15 international and regional organizations such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and more than 180 people exploring the experience of Urban Cooperative Development together.
It is understood that the forum is led by the Chinese people¡¯s association for friendship with foreign countries according to China¡¯s cooperation with Latin American and Caribbean countries planning (2015-2019), in order to promote complementary advantages of the two sides, and to promote interactivity of trade, industry, tourism and humanities, achieving mutual benefit and achievement.
Vice mayor Liu Guiping, the rotating presidency of the Dominican representative in China Wu Meigui, the Chinese government special representative for Latin American affairs Yin Hengmin, development minister Edgar Candy of Suriname region, vice president of the national friendship association Xie Yuan delivered speech at the opening ceremony.
Liu Guiping said the Chongqing municipal government attaches great importance to the cooperation with Latin American countries between local governments, respectively established sister-city relationships with many Latin American countries and cities. Chongqing gets complementary advantages of Latin America and broad prospects of cooperation; through "government guiding, participating, interacting together", further strengthening communication with Latin American countries, expanding areas of cooperation and enriching cooperation.
Wu Meigui said in regional development, there are many successful experiences in China, the communication and sharing will be of great benefits to state and city development.
Yin Hengmin said, China is the second largest trading partner in Latin American countries and regions. The next step is to promote more visits by local governments, and continue to deepen co-operations in economic£¬trade, culture and other fields.
Edgar candy said, they hope that through the cooperation with China, it can bring more complete infrastructure facilities, advanced education and technology to Suriname, promoting the construction of a more sustainable city.
Xie Yuan said the local government cooperation forum will further promote bilateral trade, industry, tourism and cultural exchanges, realizing common development.
Prior to the opening ceremony of the forum, vice mayor Liu Guiping met with minister Edgar Candy of development department of Suriname region.
(from: Chongqing daily)