China-LAC International Expo
During November 8th to 12th, 2017, China-Latin American and Caribbean Countries International Expo was held in Zhuhai.
Ambassador Denis Antoine attended the opening ceremony and various forums. On The unveiling ceremony of china-lac economic and trade Cooperation Park, he delivered the following speech:
On behalf of the government and people of Grenada and Embassy of Grenada in China, I am pleased to express my gratitude to Zhuhai city leaders for the invitation and hospitality provided since our arrival for the unveiling ceremony of China-LAC economic and trade Cooperation Park.
For Grenada and LAC, Zhuhai, being a special economic zone, is the ideal jurisdiction for the launch and unveiling ceremony of China-LAC economic and trade Cooperation Park, Hengqin new district, thus creating modern routes from the belt and road to LAC. The strength of the relationship between the states of the Caribbean community and China diminishes all distance; and today, our climatic similarities make Zhuhai feel like home, and good business begins at home in the Caribbean and here in Zhuhai.
The prospects of developing more effective communication to strengthen our partnerships, the movement of goods and service must also include movement of people through air routes and stronger satellite communication and Science Park to the Caribbean region.
With cooperation in education, language is becoming a lesser communication barrier, access to the huge wealth in big date can also help to deepen our economic capacity.
With China-LAC economic and trade cooperation park, we can build partnerships that become global a model between large and small Countries. The park must help to strengthen our connection, and enhance our bilateral cooperation to make us become stronger and more reliable partners.
The priority must be given to trade in services which play an increasingly prominent role in the economies of LAC, contributing to our GDP and national employment. As services become increasingly tradable, it has become easier to supply services across borders, and services input now form an integral part of the manufacturing value chains within the Caribbean Community and Latin America.
Backbone services, such as transportation, finance, and telecommunications are well positioned to facilitate the investment for growth of other industries, including of course inter-sectorial linkages in tourism and agriculture. Services cannot be overstated for the achievement of the UN SDGS, which aim to eliminate poverty and protect the environment.
The park provides a new frontier for the most dynamic sectors that can diversify our exports in Grenada and Caribbean Community, which enables us to be included in the new global concept of international trade.
Advances in Information Technology, and Information Technology Enabled Services, have profoundly altered the business landscape and opened a new dimension of globalization, and cross- border trade, which makes this unveiling ceremony very momentous in the relationship between China and LAC.
In closing, this pilot free trade zone, Hengqin area, brings together business voices with policy makers, academia and international organizations, so that together we can create an environment for China-LAC economic and trade cooperation park, Hengqin new district, to flourish with win-win benefits. Now recognizing China’s enabling role in our engagement, Grenada stands ready to work together as a willing partner to promote stronger and lasting China- LAC cooperation.”
Besides, the Embassy of Grenada in Beijing also set up a booth, which attracted people to visit and take pictures.