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GD, AUSSIE STATE TO BOOST HEALTH CARE COOPERATION
    2017-December-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE partnership between Guangdong Province and the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) was further strengthened Thursday, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NSW Health and the Guangdong Health and Family Planning Commission.

On the final day of their three-day trade mission to China, NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, inked the agreement with Guangdong to bolster innovation and cultural ties in the health care sector.

“This year marks the 38th anniversary of NSW’s sister-state relationship with Guangdong, and this agreement once again shows just how important Guangdong is to our state,” Berejiklian said in a statement.

The MOU will provide greater opportunity for two-way trade and professional health care development for many NSW organizations and businesses in the future, the statement said.

Among those organizations attempting to establish a presence in China through the agreement is the nonprofit early parenting service, Tresillian, which had representatives traveling with the delegation during the visit.

“Our universal goal is helping children and families, which we will look to also now do in China,” Tresillian CEO Robert Mills said. “Our second goal will be to generate additional revenue so we can help more families back in NSW.”

In the financial year of 2017, NSW goods and service exports to China totaled more than US$5.4 billion.

Berejiklian believes the new agreement in health care will enhance that figure even further.

Guangdong Party chief Li Xi and Governor Ma Xingrui welcomed Berejiklian before attending the 26th Guangdong-NSW Joint Economic Meeting in Guangzhou on Tuesday.

Li said the sister-state relationship between Guangdong and NSW, the first such relationship between Guangdong and a foreign state, has established a model for the province’s international exchanges and the province will strengthen cooperation with NSW in trade, education, science, culture and tourism in the future.

Ma urged both parties to deepen collaboration in the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Belt and Road Initiative development, implementation of innovation-driven strategic development, and the improvement of people’s well-being.

At the meeting, both parties agreed to conduct in-depth cooperation in education, financial services and technology, as well as smart city and urban renovation.

The next Guangdong-NSW Joint Economic Meeting, a biennial event, will be held in Sydney in 2019.

On Sept. 1, 1979, Xi Zhongxun, then governor of Guangdong, and the Hon. Neville Wran, then premier of NSW, signed an agreement to establish the Guangdong-NSW Sister Province Relationship.

The economy of Guangdong is one of the most prosperous in China, rising by 7.5 percent from 2015 to 7.95 trillion yuan (US$1.17 trillion) in 2016, according to data released by the province’s statistics bureau in February.

This is the 28th consecutive year that Guangdong has led China in GDP volume, and if the province were a country, its economy would be the 15th-largest in the world, just behind Mexico, domestic news portal yicai.com reported.

New South Wales remains at the top of the economic rankings in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics earlier this year.

(SD-Xinhua)

 

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