Economic Development Assistant Minister and representatives of Locate Jersey will celebrate strengthening ties with China later this month as Jersey is awarded ‘Friendship Status’ by Hangzhou, a prosperous city in Eastern China.
This significant development in Jersey’s relationship with China will be marked by a traditional tree planting ceremony in Hangzhou and comes as Locate Jersey, the body responsible for developing inward investment and international trade, continues to raise Jersey’s profile in China.
The Friendship Status Ceremony forms part of a ten-day programme, partially facilitated by the China-Britain Business Council, and follows an initial successful visit in May of this year as a result of which the Mayor of Hangzhou extended a personal invitation to Economic Development to attend a popular City and Leisure Event.
The visit, which will take place from 8th to 17th October, will see a delegation from the Island fly first to Hong Kong for meetings focused on e-commerce with major businesses in the sector including eBay and PayPal. Led by Locate Jersey, the delegation will include representatives from the Economic Development Department of the States of Jersey, Jersey Post, Basel E-Business Limited, and the Indigo Lighthouse Group, promoting the many benefits of Jersey as a centre for e-commerce.
Assistant Minister, James Baker and Director of Jersey Tourism, David de Carteret, will join the group in Hangzhou for the International Sister City Conference at the invitation of the Mayor of Hangzhou. This important event will provide the opportunity to show a video of Jersey to many hundreds of delegates from across China. In addition, a presentation by Deputy Baker will position Jersey as an attractive inward investment location for Chinese businesses whilst promoting the Island as a destination for the rapidly increasing numbers of Chinese tourists visiting Europe. Whilst in Hangzhou, the delegation will follow up with contacts in the e-commerce sector made on the last visit to the City in May.
The programme will conclude with a conference in Beijing where Mr Gallichan will give a presentation to the Beijing E-Commerce Association on Jersey’s potential as an inward investment location. In addition, Michael McNally, Head of International Development at Jersey Post and Grant Twine, Managing Director of Basel E-Business Limited will speak on Jersey’s e-commerce and logistics industry.
Senator Alan Maclean, Minister for Economic Development, said of the visit, ‘It is encouraging to see that the investment we have made in developing relations with China is achieving such positive results. We are very proud to have been awarded Friendship Status by Hangzhou. It demonstrates the progress Jersey is making in the Chinese market.’
Senator Maclean added, ‘By continuing to forge these close ties with China, we are opening the way for an exchange of ideas and business opportunities for both countries in sectors such as e-commerce and tourism. The Locate Jersey team are already following up a number of leads that have resulted from previous visits, which we hope will bring investment to the Island.’