Negotiations are underway for Luganville Municipal Council (LMC) to develop a sister-city relationship with Beijing, China’s Capital and the world’s third most populous city.

Mayor for Luganville, Onen Gaviga said the council is considering the importance of enhancing the mutual understanding and friendship between Ni-Vans particularly the citizens of Luganville and Chinese people.

One of the objectives of developing this relationship is to promote bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit for Luganville by increasing information sharing and exchanging of ideas to develop Luganville.

“Once the sister-city relations between our two cities are established, we should be expecting further discussions on how Beijing could support Luganville in our programs,” Gaviga stated.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, Zhao Huimin conveyed in a letter to Municipal council that Beijing would be pleased to increase bilateral exchanges and pragmatic cooperation with Luganville.

Gaviga met with the Chinese Ambassador last week where they discussed the sister-city initiative including the mayor’s trip to Beijing.

The Mayor thanked Chinese business houses in Luganville for backing up the initiative and Richard, the owner of LCM in Luganville for agreeing to fund his (mayor) trip to China.

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