Premier Helen Zille and MEC Winde to boost China-Western Cape trade ties
Premier Helen Zille and Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde will lead a delegation to China to bolster trade and investment between that region and the Western Cape.
Premier Zille and Minister Winde will depart for the official visit this weekend.
The programme includes meeting with the South African Ambassador to China, Dolana Msimang and the SA Consuls General to Hong Kong and Shanghai. Meetings have also been scheduled with South African businesses based in China, Chinese businesses and trade bodies.
A key focus of the visit will be to strengthen China-Western Cape partnerships in the province’s priority areas, including tourism, agri-processing and renewable energy.
The agenda includes meetings with importers of South African products and China-based tour operators.
Premier Zille and Minister Winde will also attend two of China’s biggest trade shows, Food Hotel China and ProWine China, to support a group of Western Cape companies exhibiting their products to Chinese buyers. As the world’s second largest economy, China is a vital trading partner. Project Khulisa, the Western Cape’s growth strategy, has identified China as a strategic market.