Ilocos Norte to welcome Chinese delegation, boost industries thru partnership


Mar. 29, 2017 ...

At least 30 Chinese provincial officials and business owners from Shandong Province, China, will arrive in Ilocos Norte on April 2-3, as an agricultural delegation looking to form partnerships for investments in tourism, trade, agriculture and other businesses.

Mr. Edwin Carino, head of the Provincial Sustainable Development Center (SDC), disclosed that the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) is preparing "business matching" for the Chinese delegates and Ilocos Norte leaders, officials and businessmen.

Shandong is the largest agricultural exporter in China. Its economic development focusing on large enterprises with major brands. It ranks first among Chinese provinces in production of cotton and wheat, as well as gold and diamonds.

According to Carino, the upcoming visit of Shandong delegation is expected to create mutual business opportunities.

"Possibly, if agreements will be affirmative and the businesses are matched, it will increase job creation and help Ilocos Norte economy grow and prosper. Moreover, it will also open up big market for us if we are able to sell our products and services to China," said Carino.

The two-day official visit of the Shandong delegates includes the trip to the Mango plantation of Vintar, Chinese Hybrid Rice Production Area of San Nicolas, Mariano Marcos State University's Food Innovation Center, Research Laboratory, Philrice, Paoay Church and Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel.

It may be recalled that Ilocos Norte and Shandong had initially forged the sisterhood ties in 2002.

In the 2016 State of the Province Address (SOPA), Governor Imee R. Marcos assured the continuing support for local officials, farmers and businessmen that would drive sustainable development in Ilocos Norte and building stronger relationship with its sister province - Shandong China.

"We must commit as a province to long term, integrated master planning. Today our provincial economy is in transition, shifting mightily from the agricultural and rural landscape of decades past, to service-directed, diversifying and urbanizing economy" Gov. Marcos said.