Provincial Chinese investors evince interest in islands


<p style="text-align: justify;">A group of potential Chinese investors from Shandong Province visited PT&amp;I NZ last week seeking avenues for investment in the Pacific Islands region.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The group comprised private and public officials of Licheng District, with business interests in medical, garment and chemical industries. The public officials included mayors of the district’s cities and the head of the chamber of commerce. Li Shengli, Secretary of the CPC Jinan Licheng District Committee of the Shandong Province headed the delegation.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Licheng District, with a population of 1.2 million people, is an important component of Jinan East City Area with a long history dating back 2100 years to the West Han Dynasty. A network of expressways cross the district and Jinan International Airport, which services 100 airlines and has a passenger-handling capacity of 10 million people connects more than 40 cities. The district is rich in natural resources and historic relics. Its natural beauty is a unique advantage for the development of its tourism industry.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Manuel Valdez, COO and Head of Investments of PT&amp;I New Zealand met with the delegation and discussed some possible investment opportunities in the Pacific Islands. Also present was Sabrina Tian, representative of Reef Shipping, who on invitation from PT&amp;I made a brief presentation of the company’s Noni with Kiwi juice products to the Chinese delegation. The Chinese delegates tasted the product right after the brief presentation.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The visitors, who were appreciative of PT&amp;I’s efforts to specially open the offices to receive them despite the Labour holiday weekend, will continue to communicate with PT&amp;I over the coming months. This is a second time that a Chinese delegation has visited New Zealand and met with PT&amp;I staff. Last year a delegation from Guilin City met Adam Denniss, Trade Commissioner PT&amp;I NZ and Michael Greenslade, Trade Commissioner for the Pacific, New Zealand Trade &amp; Enterprise and Mr Valdez.</p>

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