On 13th – 14th April, 2018, the Consul Generals and Officials from 19 countries came to Zhongshan city to attend the 4th Tour of Consular Corps in Zhongshan. On the evening of 13th April, the deputy mayor of Zhongshan city, Mr. Lei Yuelong warmly received the Consular Corps delegation group.
During the opening speech by deputy mayor Mr. Lei Yuelong, he highlighted Zhongshan as a city where entrepreneurs make their dreams come true. The construction of a series of major transportation infrastructures such as the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Tunnel, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Shenzhen-Maoming High Speed Rail will bring more development dividends to the city of Zhongshan. Zhongshan will pay close attention to the historic development opportunities in the construction of the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Greater Bay Area, and strive to build itself as a support point for the integration of the two sides of the Pearl River, a hub city for the coastal economic zone, and an important pole city for the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area. He hoped that through this event, he will further strengthen exchanges between Zhongshan city and consulate generals in Guangdong, to deepen cooperation, and conduct more extensive exchanges in economy, trade, education, and culture.
The head of the delegation, Mr. Bounpan Kongnhinsayaseng, Consul General of the Republic of Laos, mentioned in his speech that this was his third time participating in the activities of Consular Corps in Zhongshan with each time a new experience. He was very grateful to the Zhongshan Municiple Government and the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Bureau of Zhongshan City for their meticulous arrangements and let him deeply feel the beauty of the city of Zhongshan.
During the tour, the consul generals visited the town of DiYin Lake, inspected sites of the Sino-German Vocational Training Center and the Zhongshan Project by the Lausanne Hotel Management Institute, and went to Guzhen Town to learn more about the development of the Zhongshan lighting industry.
At the Sino-German Vocational Training Center, Mr. Martin Fleischer, Consul General of Germany in Guangzhou, praised the construction efficiency of the Center. “The Center is built so well in such a short time. I would like to come back with my colleagues from consulate next time to inspect and show them the Sino-German cooperation projects and the urban construction in Zhongshan city.”
The Zhongshan project by the Lausanne Hotel Management Institute on the shores of DiYin Lake was successfully cooperation between Zhongshan city and the Swiss Consulate General in Guangzhou on “China-Switzerland Friendship Day” last year. Consular officials admired that such an excellent project can be settled at the picturesque DiYin Lake, which reflects the superior position of Zhongshan city in the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area.
At the Star Alliance Global Brand Lighting Center in Guzhen Town, Mr. Malek Alwazzan, Consul General of Kuwait, proudly explained that the lighting in his Kuwaiti home and the consular offices in Guangzhou were all purchased from Guzhen Town. The Kuwaiti business delegations are also often introduced to buy lights in Guzhen town. Mr. Alwazzan is a true fan of Guzhen lighting.
The Tour of Consular Corps in Zhongshan, is an annual event organized by the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Bureau of Zhongshan City. The tour of this year is the fourth session. Through planning a “spotlight visit” tour route every year, the event has attracted many consular officials in Guangzhou to visit Zhongshan each year to experience Zhongshan city, and to light “sparks of cooperation” with other countries during the event to further promote the exchange and cooperation with Zhongshan.