Mr. Zhou Rongguo and Ms. He Miaojuan speak wiith DPM Joe Natuman at Guangzhou Airport VIP lounge after the Vanuatu delegation arrival.

By Jonas Cullwick

A joint Vanuatu Government and Parliament delegation arrived in the southern city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province, Thursday morning for a 10-day visit to China.

The delegation was received by Mr. Zhou Rongguo, Deputy Director General of Bureau VII, ID of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Ms. He Miaojuan, Deputy Director of Dongguan Foreign Affairs Bureau.

The delegation is visiting on the invitation of the Communist Party of China.

The 14-member delegation is headed by Mr. Joe Natuman, the Interim President of Vanua’aku Party (VP), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Commerce, Trades, and ni-Vanuatu Business.

Other members of the delegation are: Johnny Koanapo, a Member of Parliament (MP) for VP and Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister’s Office; Mr. Kenneth Natapei, MP of VP, Chairman of Social Policy Committee; Mr. Gillion William, MP for Graon and Jastis Pati (GJP), Chairman of Standing Orders Review Committee; Mr. Kalo Seule, MP for Vanuatu Greens Confederation (VGC), Vice Chairman of Public Accounts Committee and Committee on Foreign Affairs and External Trade, and Special Envoy on Climate Change issues; Mr. Ian Wilson, MP, Secretary General of Vanuatu Leader’s Party (VLP), and Chairman of Privileges Committee; Mr. Jerry Kanas, MP and Member of Committee on Economic Policies; Mr. Jacob Mata, MP for Nagriamel and Chairman of Committee on Institutions; Mr. Francois Chani, MP of National United Party (NUP), Member of Privileges Committee and Member of Committee on Economic Policy; Mr. Silas Bule Melve; MP of NUP, Parliamentary Secretary to Education Ministry, Member of Committee on Ethics and Integrity; Mr. Rick Mahe, MP of Reunification Movement for Change (RMC), Member of Committee on Members Ethics and Integrity; Mr. Hosea Nevu; MP of People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Chairman of Public Accounts Committee; Mr. Tom Noam, MP of Union of Moderate Parties (UMP), Member of Committee on Institutions; and Mr. Tomker Netvunei, MP of UMP and Member of Committee on Institutions. It is the largest ever joint Vanuatu government and Parliament delegation to visit China.

After arrival, the delegation was whisked to Dongguan City, an hour’s drive away, to attend the opening ceremony of Guangdong 21st Century Silk Road International Expo where the delegation was expected to meet with a Vanuatu Business Delegation and taken on a guided tour around the Expo.

A welcoming luncheon for the delegation was held at the Jiahua Hall of Regal Palace Hotel in Dongguan City before it returned to Guangzhou City for another full two days of engagements.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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