Led by Hu Chunhua, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, the Guangdong delegation paid a visit to Ireland from June 8 to 11.
The delegation met Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the parties concerned for the cooperation between Guangdong Free Trade Zone (FTZ) and Irish Shannon Group.
"Guangdong and Ireland see a promising sign for future cooperation as we both emphasize the export-oriented economy as well as innovative and high-tech enterprises," said Hu Chunhua, "We hope Guangdong and Ireland could work together under the Belt and Road Initiative, to deepen cooperation in such fields as technology, education, agriculture, culture and tourism.”
Enda Kenny said Ireland has maintained a long-term friendly relationship with China, and wants to deepen cooperation with China as well as Guangdong.
“We are willing to offer convenience and favorable policies to Chinese as well as Guangdong’s enterprises for investing in Ireland,” said Enda Kenny.
The Guangdong delegation attended the China (Guangdong)-Ireland Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference on June 9, and organized a research tour to the Shannon FTZ on June 10. They presented in a forum on the Irish Shannon Group and FTZ development, during which they signed the MoU for cooperation between Guangdong FTZ and Irish Shanon Group.
During the visit, the Guangdong delegation also visited the Trinity College Dublin, the University College Dublin and companies as the Kerry Group, to conduct research for cooperation in fields such as fundamental research, software development and application, biotechnology, and finance lease.
Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Yue Xiaoyong and Guangzhou Mayor Wen Guohui also attended the meetings.