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Zhanjiang's trade office in Germany welcomes representative

By Li Wenfang Updated: 2015-04-15

Launched in June last year, the economic and trade office of Zhanjiang in Germany now has its first full-time representative to strengthen investment and trade promotion for Zhanjiang.

Its representative, Tobias Urban, has a master’s degree in management and economics and explains that he is its eyes, ears, voice, and helping hand in Germany because he used to work at the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Vietnam and at the economic development agency of the German city of Solingen.

Urban made a two-week trip to Zhanjiang and said he was “deeply impression” with it and surprised by the number of construction sites and touched by the picturesque sea and fresh air. He visited various districts and counties, industrial parks, companies, and steel, petrochemical and paper-making projects on Donghai Island, as well as the port and other new mega-projects, new infrastructure, new investment, which, he said, combined with its role in China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road project, make the city a promising one.

He noticed the effort that is being made to improve economic growth and competitiveness of local companies, and to join the global economy and make the city a more attractive investment location, with potential in its supply chain for the new mega projects and a circular economy.

The city has advantage in its strategic location close to Southeast Asia and its deepwater port that is important for Guangdong province and the mainland and thanks to its lower costs, it may attract foreign manufacturers that are already in China and want to relocate, he said, noting, ”If Zhanjiang continues to develop like this, it will offer a lot of potential to German and European companies.”

The city’s German office has access to an extensive business network that includes Germany’s Chamber of Commerce, its Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, its Chamber of Industry and Commerce, industrial associations, and provincial and local development agencies, Urban said.

And, a German business delegation may visit Zhanjiang this June to explore opportunities in green architecture And, in October, an east German group of businesses in various industries will visit Zhanjiang.

In describing his job, Urban explained that they key is to make Zhanjiang better known to investors and, in a meeting with Zhanjiang’s mayor, Wang Zhongbing, the mayor told him that the German office should play a role in developing Zhanjiang’s outward economy and promote bilateral investment.

Wang said the office should increase exchanges and cooperation between Zhanjiang and Germany and other European and American countries and promote the city’s investment environment and he encouraged Urban to promote environmental protection in Zhanjiang and contribute to building circular economic parks, attracting European manufacturers and to building parks with industrial clusters.

By Li Wenfang in Guangzhou, liwenfang@chinadaily.com.cn

 

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