Ilocos Norte, Shandong sign action plan for friendly coop
LAOAG CITY – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos and Shandong Vice Governor Wang Junmin signed the Action Plan for Friendly Cooperation between their provinces on April 3, ensuring continuity of their partnership for developmental growth.
The action plan, signed and presented at a press conference, is formulated to deepen cooperation and to strengthen exchanges and communication between Ilocos Norte and Shandong Province.
Vice Governor Wang said he is looking at this cooperation as a new chapter towards a fruitful development between their provinces.
Key areas include industrial, economic and trade, and agricultural development; mutual promotion of tourism resources; promotion of research institutes to establish and enhance maritime technology and professional training, and enhancement to the people’s livelihood through education and personnel training and cultural exchanges.
During the press conference, Wang also donated three rice millers valued at Php 1.5 million, each with a capacity to process one ton of rice per hour for the Chinese Rice Hybrid Plantation in San Nicolas town.
Meanwhile, Governor Marcos said that the province is grateful for the opportunity to establish an action plan with Shandong, a province on the west coast of China that is known as an industry leader in food, equipment, and renewable energy and which has shared sister-province relations with Ilocos Norte since 2002.
A match-making conference on business and agriculture concerns preceded the signing and exchange of official documents which served as a platform for discussion and investment deals among the Chinese business owners and managers and their local counterparts in the areas of fertilizers and pesticides, water treatment in poultry and livestock, food processing, e-commerce, food machineries and agri-tourism.
Wang also announced additional deals agreed upon by the Chinese delegates and local counterparts in tourism, including an order of 2,000 boxes of mangoes from the country’s “Mango King,” Mr. Ricardo “Carding” Tolentino.
“We are happy to share our expertise in agriculture, particularly in the production of tropical fruits such as mango, dragon fruit, and coconuts; as well as in the field of tourism and service industry,” Marcos said. (From the report of Mizpah Grace G. Castro and Ma. Christian A. Ramos, PGIN-CMO)