IN A bid to strengthen local economy and attract legacy projects that bear direct impact on living standards, Anambra will continue to exploit more Chinese economic development models as the State keeps fait with cementing existing strategic partnerships with Republic of China.
Gov. Willie Obiano disclosed this while addressing newsmen after receiving Chinese Consular-general in Nigeria, Mr. Chu Maoming, who paid him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Lodge Amawbia, stating that prospects of setting up a consular office in Onitsha or Awka to ease stress which Anambra business people encounter while processing Chinese visa was top among items that featured in his roundtable with Maoming.
Another crucial item deliberated on was how some of goods bought from China would be manufactured or replicated in Anambra State as well as how cottage industries can be established in partnership with Chinese government to provide jobs, adding that Anambra State has been doing business with China for over 66 years with almost 70percent of things imported into Anambra State coming from China.
According to Gov. Obiano, Anambra will continue to enjoy these bilateral trade relations with China, assuring that their benefits will be reaped beyond his administration.
Earlier while speaking, Maoming commended Anambra State for remaining a strong partner of China under the Obiano administration, noting that the enabling environment which the government created was instrumental to the partnership.
He pledged China’s commitment to investing more in Anambra and also teaching Chinese language to interested people from the State.