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Cooperation between Guangzhou and Auckland is branching out into new areas: Phil Goff

2017-November-21       Source: Newsgd.com

Wrapping up his trip to the Tripartite Economic Guangzhou Summit, Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland, said he had witnessed massive changes in the relations between China and New Zealand, and now, between Guangzhou and Auckland.

“Cooperation between Guangzhou and Auckland is growing into a wide spectrum of areas.”

Wen Guohui, Mayor of Guangzhou (M), Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland (L) and Jeff Gorell, Vice Mayor of Los Angeles (R) signed another MOU to further cooperation at the summit, showcasing the tripartite “brotherhood”. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

The first and most important MoU that Phil Goff signed during the summit was to renew the tripartite alliance. Under this MoU, agreements were signed in a wide range of sectors.

“Trade of food and beverages is a traditional but always important area. We have some delegates dealing in areas like infant formulas and honey,” Goff, stated, “but now cooperation is branching out into new areas, such as, film screening and urban planning.”

This year’s tripartite summit is divided into nine major sub-forums, including innovation and entrepreneurship, tourism, digital and creative fields, education and etc.

Phil Goff introduced successes in the field of urban planning and development. “The three cities are facing similar challenges, providing the infrastructure and enough houses to match the rapid growth in our population. And we’re now tackling these problems together.”

And in just a short space of time, Goff said there had been much that he had learned from Guangzhou. “Auckland is planning to develop a light rail system. Yesterday I had the chance to visit the traffic control system that manages traffic flow around Guangzhou and travel on the Haizhu light rail line. I think it’s great to look at good existing models around the world.”

Editor: Jasmine

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