15 November 2017
Mayor to attend Chinese economic forums
Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks left this week for China to attend a series of business investment forums.
Mr Hicks will attend the 2017 Chinese Enterprises Outbound Investment Conference, in Changsha, organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. Following the conference, he will attend investment summits/business forums in Wuhan and Beijing.
This will be Mr Hicks’ first trip to China and he acknowledges it is a bit of a journey into the unknown.
However, he is no stranger to hosting delegations from China, in particular the China Animal Husbandry Group. The company is a major stakeholder in the Mataura Valley Milk nutritional plant being built just north of Gore.
Mr Hicks said he was looking forward to showcasing what the Gore District has to offer.
“The main reason I decided to go was to look for opportunities and make contact with companies interested in investing and connecting with this part of the world.”
The Council has made no secret of its commitment to proactively encouraging economic development and tourism. One of the more recent initiatives was the successful Gore Summit, attended by over 90 business and community leaders.
This reaffirmed residents were looking to the Council to play a leadership role in making the Gore District a place people want to live and do business, Mr Hicks said.
“We need to make sure we are as ready as possible for business opportunities because we are not the only rural local authority in New Zealand looking for external investment to help build a future for our children.”
Mr Hicks plans to meet with representatives from the China Animal Husbandry Group during his visit.