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.