GBA is an even greater opportunity to enhance NZ-GD cooperation
As for Guangdong Province, New Zealand sees it as a key business destination, as well as a vital transfer hub giving access to the rest of the world. Statistics show that about 14% of New Zealand products were imported via Guangdong ports last year. Furthermore Guangdong is the largest source of Chinese tourists visiting New Zealand and Chinese students living in the country.
That’s one of the reasons why Parker chose to drop by Guangzhou before his visit to Beijing for the Belt and Road Forum.
When describing his impression of Guangdong, Parker. volunteered three words: “dynamic, innovative and huge”. He drew attention to growth in both traditional and new areas, particularly in the creative science and innovation sectors, as well as of course, tourism.
Also thanks to the Tripartite Economic Alliance, Guangdong’s capital city Guangzhou now enjoys even closer connections with New Zealand. In the five years since the formation of the Alliance, Guangdong and New Zealand have had frequent exchanges. Cooperative agreements in tourism, culture, innovation and education signed, the two places have developed a significant relationship.
Meanwhile, Parker thought the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) a great opportunity to enhance cooperation between New Zealand and Guangdong.
“Key areas where we see opportunities for New Zealand businesses include plans to build smart city clusters, create synergies in tourism and hospitality, adopting a green and low carbon development model, and focus on science and technology.”
Reported by Nan & Monica
Edited by Olivia & Simon