On the 23rd of April, Governor Ma Xingrui met with David Parker, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth.
Ma Xingrui said that Minster Parker’s special visit to Guangdong ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing demonstrates that New Zealand highly values its cooperation with Guangdong. While New Zealand, as a developed country, has distinct advantages in husbandry and tourism, Guangdong boasts a strong manufacturing industry with superior geographic location and market volume. The two sides are complementary economically with great potential for cooperation. Guangdong is currently mobilizing the resources of the whole province to promote the construction of Guangzhou-Hong Kong -Macao Greater Bay Area, conscientiously implementing the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China and formulating and improving polices on expanding market access for foreign investment. The aim of our endeavor is to create an open and transparent business environment which can protect the interests of all foreign businesses in China including those from New Zealand. He said that the two sides should further enhance economic ties, improve connectivity, increase cultural and people-to-people exchanges so as to push the cooperation between the two sides to a higher level.
Minister Parker said that New Zealand and Guangdong enjoy a long history of exchanges and a sound foundation for cooperation. The two economies are complementary, which offers opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, medical and health care, environmental protection, new energy and other areas.