China ties grow stronger

Business, education, and cultural links have been forged and strengthened between the City of Karratha and China on a recent Council delegation.

Promising investment opportunities in mining, industry and ports were discussed with a plan to develop a China Australia Business Park in Karratha’s Sister City of Lanshan District Rizhao agreed upon.

Plans for school exchanges were also discussed with the first programs likely to roll out next year.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the delegation was a very valuable opportunity to sell Karratha in the Chinese market and develop important business and investment links.

“China is an extremely important customer for our resources and a key source of capital for future projects. On this visit we met with senior executives from Baosteel Resources, Landbridge Group and BYD to discuss potential investments in our city,” Cr Long said.

“Investments like these will be the future of our City so we need to make sure that we are proactive at enticing companies to invest in projects in our region,” he said.

“I’m also pleased that we have made progress on starting school student exchanges, as well as sports and cultural exchanges which will be a great experience for young people in our City, especially those who are learning Mandarin.”

Discussions will continue with Chinese companies about their potential investment projects with the City providing relevant economic information and assistance to aid decision making.

A reciprocal delegation from Landshan District, Rizhao is expected in the next twelve months to further discuss plans for the China Australia Business Park.

Plans for school exchanges with the Qingdao Experimental Middle School will be finalised in the coming months with a view to commencing in the 2017 school year.