With the invitation of the People's Government of Shandong Province and Chinese Consulate in Laoag, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc led a delegation to attend the Cooperation and Development of Shandong International Sister Cities Conference and a friendly visit to Shandong Province from October 15-20, 2019.
The Governor of Shandong Province Gong Zheng met with the Governor Manotoc and the other delegates. The two parties agreed to actively build a platform for exchanges,further strengthen their cooperation in agriculture, economy and trade, logistics, information technology, cultural tourism and other fields, and to encourage enterprises of the two provinces to carry out two-way investment and jointly push the cooperation to a new level.
Governor Manotoc also attended and delivered a keynote speech in the 'Shandong International Friendship Cities Conference'. He said that Ilocos Norte's business, innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities have significantly improved through years of cooperation with Shandong province starting when the province established a sister city relationship in 2002.
During the conference, the governor personally promoted the tourism industry and specialty products of Ilocos Norte. Provincial Tourism Director Raquel also delivered a speech at the tourism sub-forum.
After the meeting, the delegation visited Jinan and Qingdao, and communicated with many enterprises to discuss business opportunities.