ICC team seeks business from China

CHINA-BOUND: Invercargill city councillor Carolyn Dean and senior council staffers Cameron McIntosh, left, and Dean Johnston at Invercargill Airport before flying to China yesterday
CHINA-BOUND: Invercargill city councillor Carolyn Dean and senior council staffers Cameron McIntosh, left, and Dean Johnston at Invercargill Airport before flying to China yesterday

A four-strong Invercargill City Council contingent flew to China yesterday for a week-long trip aimed at finding business opportunities for the city.

The council already has a long-standing sister-city relationship with Kumagaya in Japan, which reaps cultural benefits for Invercargill, but it also wants the financial benefits of a relationship with a Chinese city.

The team consists of city councillors Carolyn Dean and Graham Sycamore, city finance director Dean Johnston and works and services director Cameron McIntosh.

The trip will cost about $24,000. The team represents both the council and its holding company, Holdco, which wants to increase its log sales in China.

Cr Dean said the Chinese market offered four major areas of opportunity: education, tourism, food and beverages and technology.

Of these, education, in the form of foreign students coming to Invercargill, seemed the best, she said.

The council contingent will visit the Yangtze River Delta, which is one of the wealthiest areas in China.

The Southland Times