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Bisaya-Intsik tandem! Cebu seals ties with Fujian

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Cebu and Fujian province of China expect healthy investment and tourism opportunities after sealing a sister-province agreement this month.

Officials of both provinces formalized the pact in a ceremony at the Cebu Capitol Social Hall last Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The Cebu provincial government also said Nan’an and Putian Cities are establish friendship city relationships with Mandaue and Danao Cities, respectively (Cebu seals sisterhood ties with Fujian, China).

Signing the agreement were Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and Fujian Gov. Tang Dengjie, who arrived in Cebu with a delegation including other officials of the province.

Tang’s delegation included mayors of Nan’an, Putian, and Quanzhou cities.

“I am pleased that we have finally formalized our sisterhood through this Signing Ceremony of the Agreement between Cebu Province and Fujian Province on the Establishment of Friendship Province Relationship. I am confident that this friendship will propel us forward into sharing knowledge and resources to further spur economic growth in our respective provinces,” he said.

For his part, Tang said the agreement and the letters of intent between the cities will open a new chapter for both provinces.

“Since 2013, under the leadership of Gov. Davide, Cebu has made remarkable progress in various programs, improving infrastructure and industrial structure, and the wellbeing of the people. We believe that with our joint efforts, we will deliver tangible benefits to our people and make even larger progress,” Tang said.

Meanwhile, Mandaue City Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna signed a letter of mutual intent to establish friendship-city relationship with Mayor Rongzhong Lin of Nan’an City.

Danao City Mayor Ramonito Durano III signed a similar pact with Putian Mayor Li Jianhui.

Last weekend, a Cebu delegation led by Davide and First Lady Jobel Davide, went to China for the 20th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT).

They were welcomed in Fujian, where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also signed between the Cebu Provincial Investment and Promotions Office (CPIPO) and the Fujian provincial government for the Joint Promotion of the building of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road between the two provinces.

Signing the MOU were CPIPO head Floreza Duque-Alpuerto and Mr. Wang Tianming, director general of Fujian Foreign Affairs Office. Governors of both provinces witnessed the MOU signing.

Also, Tang hopes to strengthen people-to-people relations between the two provinces by offering scholarships to 10 young officials or students from Cebu.

They will be offered bachelor’s degrees in Fujian universities to further promote people-to-people exchanges and pragmatic cooperation.