Port Vila Lord Mayor Ulrich Sumptoh and the Mayor of Foshan City, Mr Zhu Wei in the People’s Republic of China had a candid and pragmatic meeting on the enhancement of mutual exchanges

and cooperation between the two cities.

Lord Mayor Sumptoh and Social Affairs Department head, Mr Willie Saksak were invited to China earlier this month, where the Port Vila Mayor signed the agreement with the government of Foshan.

They agreed that regular contacts and reciprocal visits shall be maintained between relevant departments, to facilitate consultations on major projects, in order to promote mutual exchanges and cooperation in the fields of culture, tourism, education and economy.

Both the Port Vila Municipal Council and Foshan City support cultural exchanges in a variety of areas including the investigation of opportunities for performance teams or artistic delegations from other city being invited to participate in the local cultural events, to promote mutual understandings.

Both Foshan and Port Vila support their citizens to sightsee the other city for better mutual understandings.

The MOU the two mayors signed, supports educational exchanges and cooperation. Foshan encourages Vanuatu students to come and learn Chinese, for better understanding of Chinese culture.

And to establish closer economic ties focusing on trade exchange and cooperation of local enterprises.

“There are great prospects for cooperation between Foshan and Port Vila, and that they shall continue to push forward friendly exchanges and cooperation in wider areas between the two sides,” both leaders of the two cities said in a joint statement.

After the signing in Foshan, the Lord Mayor and Mr Saksak visited Shanghai and then Port Vila Lord Mayor Sumptoh left for the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco.

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