Shandong delegates to revisit Laoag

LAOAG CITY—Representatives from Shandong, China, a sister province of Ilocos Norte, will revisit Laoag next month to finalize discussion on strengthening friendly and bilateral relations.

Set on Nov. 6, Provincial Board member Domingo Ambrocio, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture, reported Tuesday that at least five delegates would arrive at the Laoag International Airport on the said day to review an action plan meant to promote stronger cooperation between the provinces of Shandong, an economic powerhouse of China and Ilocos Norte, the northern gateway of Luzon.

Last April, there were 32 provincial officials and businessmen from Shandong, who came to Ilocos Norte as they sat along with Ilocos Norte mayors and provincial legislators to formulate a four-page action plan written in English and Chinese.

The action plan is one of the major highlights of the Shandong delegates visit to Ilocos Norte.

As this developed, another meeting is set early November specifically to discuss the implementation of the memorandum of agreement signed by Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos, representing Ilocos Norte government, and Wang Jungmin, Deputy Head of the Rural Work Leading Group of Shandong province.

According to Ambrocio, the discussion will cover areas of common interest such as economics, trade, maritime and fisheries development, tourism, agriculture, livelihood development, education and cultural exchange.

Over a decade ago, Ilocos Norte and Shandong province agreed to cooperate with each other but it is only this time under the Duterte administration that the seemingly pragmatic cooperation is falling back into place.

Prior to the arrival of the Shandong delegates, Ilocos Norte provincial officials and department heads will hold a meeting on Friday to identify specific projects among the proposed key areas of cooperation.

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