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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:24am

Mayor Sam Broughton has identified a number of parallels between Selwyn and our sister cities, during his recent trip to China and Japan.

Mayor Broughton, Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall and Councillor Bob Mugford and Malvern Community Board member Karen Meares took part in the 20-day trip to China and Japan.

The trip was part of the Sister Cities Programme, aiming to promote cultural understanding, co-operation and economic development.

Mayor Broughton says while in the Gansu Province, the delegation saw a number of industries local Selwyn businesses could potentially form relationships with.

Selwyn delegation“What we saw in Gansu Province was an area that farmed grain and lamb, as well as producing wine.

“It was fascinating to see so many parallels between some of our key export earners and what one of our sister cities produces,” Mayor Broughton says.

With the identification of potential links Mayor Broughton will now be investigating how to take advantage of the similarities, and look for ways that local businesses can develop relationships with firms in Gansu.

Mayor Broughton and the rest of the delegation were amazed at the hospitality offered to them during their trip to China and Japan, and will be looking to reciprocate when hosting trips in the future.