A delegation from the Republic of Guinea-Bissau visits Jinhua, East China's Zhejiang province, on July 20. [Photo/WeChat account: jhfabu]
A delegation led by Antonio Serifo Embalo, the ambassador of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau to China, visited Jinhua, East China's Zhejiang province, on July 20.
Ling Zhifeng, Party secretary of Jinhua, welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the economic and social development of Jinhua, as well as distinctive features of the city's culture, transportation, market, and opening-up.
According to Ling, Jinhua and Africa have continued to strengthen cooperation in recent years. The city has established sister-city relationships with 10 cities in seven African countries, including Buffalo in South Africa, Musanze in Rwanda, and Awasa in Ethiopia. It has established trade relations with 60 African countries and regions, accounting for 10 percent of China's total trade with Africa.
From January to May this year, despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the city's trade with African countries and regions saw an uptick of 7.5 percent year-on-year, of which imports and exports to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau increased by 65.8 percent annually.
Ling expressed hope that the delegation enjoys its tour of Jinhua in the following days, and said he expected more cooperation with Guinea-Bissau in culture, economy and education.
Antonio Serifo Embalo thanked China for long-term support for Guinea-Bissau in the fields of public health and agricultural science and technology. As the world's main producer of cashew nuts with an annual output of 200,000 metric tons, Guinea-Bissau will carry out further cooperation with Chinese cities.