A delegation of 20 senior officials from Guangdong Province in China visited Tewkesbury Borough Council on Tuesday 20 December 2016.
The delegation was led by Mr. Zhang Yongping the Associate Counsel, Guangdong Provincial Commission Office for Public Sectors Reform. The meeting was jointly organised by Tewkesbury Borough Council and Join in China, a Gloucestershire based business which helps businesses wishing to export to China. This is the second visit to Gloucestershire by officials from Guangdong since formal links were established between the County and the Chinese Province in 2014 with the help of Join in China.
The Guangdong officials were keen to understand more about UK local government structures and systems and learn more about good practice in public service within the UK. Discussions also centered around potential export opportunities for Tewkesbury Borough based businesses and ongoing economic development links between Tewkesbury Borough Council and Guangdong Province Government.
Mike Dawson, Chief Executive Tewkesbury Borough Council said “economic development and local business growth is a high priority for the council and we are always looking to support local business success. Therefore we seek out opportunities to improve links to new export markets and work hard to help our businesses to maximise their export potential. Guangdong Province is an important economic area in China with a population of over 100 million, over 60,000 factories and has the highest gross domestic product of all China’s provinces. The potential export market for Tewkesbury Borough businesses is huge and we are pleased to do all we can to help our businesses to benefit from the export opportunities offered through links to such a successful area of China.”
Qing Lin of Join in China said “we are delighted to have the support of Tewkesbury Borough Council and Guangdong Province Government to ensure local businesses benefit from such a strong link which is established and maintained by us. We are working closely with our partners to create a sustainable plan to promote exports for local businesses to Guangdong.”
The visit was a great success and Tewkesbury Borough Council looks forward to maintaining links with Guangdong Province to develop trade relationships for Tewkesbury Borough businesses in the future.