Chinese trip 'not just a junket'

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 02/11/2012

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A recent trip to the Chinese city of Suqian was definitely not a junket, a member of the delegation who visited China told a public meeting yesterday.

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Richard Hay said the trip was "far from a junket".

The delegation covered a vast area and met with many businesses and government officials, he said.

"There was only one night for the delegation to unwind."

The Southland Chamber of Commerce, along with representatives from the Invercargill City Council, Southland Institute of Technology and Venture Southland hosted a presentation to discuss their visit to Suqian.

Mr Hay said it was clear from the delegation's trip that Suqian was a place of "opportunity, opportunity, opportunity."

The Chinese were interested in the region's fish, eels and timber industries among other opportunities, he said.

"There is a demand for these products and Southland can meet this demand."

Mr Hay and chamber president Dave Rohan said it was important for Southland to establish trading relationships with China.

SIT and Venture Southland chief executives Penny Simmonds and Paul Casson also spoke on the impressions, possibilities and opportunities a relationship with Suqian would bring to Southland.

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- The Southland Times

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