Western Australia, Zhejiang celebrate 30 years of friendship as Premier's international mission begins

by WA Government News | Nov 10, 2017
  • Premier and Ministers mark 30 years of Sister State relationship in Hangzhou
  • New memorandum expands relationship into new areas
  • Premier leading an education and tourism-focused delegation to China and Japan
  • The international mission is designed to strengthen WA economy and create jobs

Western Australia and China's Zhejiang province will celebrate 30 years of their Sister State relationship today in Hangzhou, as the Premier's first international mission gets underway.

Premier Mark McGowan, along with Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston, will meet the Governor of Zhejiang Yuan Jiajun and sign a memorandum of understanding to expand the Sister State relationship further.

They will also take part in the opening of the 7th Biennial Western Australia-Zhejiang Exchange Committee meeting - the group which guides the ongoing activities of the Sister State relationship.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery will also join the Premier at events designed to highlight the many successful partnerships between WA's education sector and counterparts in Zhejiang.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia will join the Premier in Shanghai, before they both head to Japan next week to meet with senior business and government figures to explore opportunities for greater collaboration in tourism.

The Premier and Ministers are leading a delegation of invited representatives from the tourism and education sectors, aimed at helping diversifying the State's economy and creating jobs.

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