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We are keen to get involved with Greater Bay Area development: Premier of NSW

2017-December-28       Source: Newsgd.com

Before the interview, Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales, asked about our Chinese names and their special meanings, and said she keeps learning Mandarin both because of its convenience and the huge Chinese community living near where she works in New South Wales. “I can count in Cantonese as well. I had a friend from Guangzhou when I was a little girl,” she said.
Newsgd.com: as you have been here for a few days and visited both Guangzhou and Shenzhen during this trip, how did these cities impress you? Could you highlight some opportunities for cooperation in the technology and smart city sectors?

Gladys Berejiklian: Guangzhou and Shenzhen are both amazing growth stories. In Shenzhen, for example, we saw how they developed a smart city in a very short period of time.

Shenzhen is leading the world now in technology, especially IT and AI while it’s a great incubator for new jobs and new industries. On the other hand, I saw a large number of electronic buses and cars on streets, making the city very livable and developed in balance.

Crew members of the new regular flight from Shenzhen to Australia's Sydney attend the launch ceremony for the flight in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 27, 2016. (Xinhua/Mao Siqian)

And Shenzhen Airport is growing really fast. I was happy to hear there will be direct flights between Shenzhen and Sydney soon in the future. So I definitely got some ideas during the trip. I can take these ideas back to New South Wales because both Guangzhou and Shenzhen are great examples of how to develop smart cities.

In terms of cooperation, we want to encourage companies and organizations to participate in building our second airport in Western Sydney and the city around it. The program will run from 2018 to 2026. This will be a great opportunity for our Guangdong partners because I’ve seen their excellent experience in building Guangzhou and Shenzhen as smart cities from the ground up.

Editor: Will

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