Pangasinan inks sisterhood ties with China city

September 3, 2009 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

PhotobucketLINGAYEN — The provincial government of Pangasinan entered into a sisterhood agreement with Sichuan province of China in a bid to enrich cultural ties and hasten exchange of commerce and trade, particularly agriculture-based endeavors using new technological methods and trends.

Gov. Amado Espino Jr. and Sichuan Executive Vice Governor Wei Hong signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of friendly cooperation relation last August 21 at Chengdu, capital of Sichuan.

Espino said that the undertaking will open doors to Pangasinan for the possible investments as Sichuan investors signified their interests to invest in the province.

“In fact some technicians will be arriving in the province soon to see how they can invest specifically in farming or agriculture,” he said.

Mutual understanding and friendship will be enhanced to consolidate and develop friendly relations and cooperation between the two provinces as indicated in the MOU.

The governor expressed his appreciation to Sichuan Province for adopting Pangasinan as their sister province considering the vast population of the province of 87 million as compared to Pangasinan’s 2.7 million people.

“Nakakainggit sila doon. Napakaganda at napakalinis ng kanilang environment. Ang kanilang tourism ay napakalakas,” he disclosed.

The governor also said that Sichuan agriculture is highly modernized and they are very much willing to share their technology in farming and fishing to Pangasinan.

“Titignan daw nila ang ating mga produkto lalo na ang mangga. Nagdala kami ng dried mango doon at nagustuhan nila,” the governor added as he bared that they have received another invitation for a trade fair in one of the cities of Sichuan in October.

Sichuan is the financial center of West China with some 20 world renowned financial institutions that include Citigroup, Standard Chartered, HSBC, Paris and Groupama. It is also one of China ’s three hydropower bases.

Except for the climate and population, Pangasinan and Sichuan have almost similar topographic characteristics suitable mainly for agricultural production. Pangasinan contributes nearly 68 percent of the Ilocos region’s demand for rice, corn, root crops and other agriculture products, while Sichuan is the prime agri-product supplier in mainland China.

Other members of the Pangasinan delegates who came to China with the governor for a week-long working visit include SP Member Danilo Uy, SP Member Amadeo Espino, Pozzorubio Mayor Emma Zosima Chan, officials of the Philippine-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Pangasinan Chapter headed by Allan Apaga, Engr. Rosendo So, Abono Party List chairman, Ramon Morden, the governor’s executive assistant and Pangasinan First Lady Priscilla I. Espino. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

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