After the bilateral agreement’s signature, Secretary Albinyana accompanied Vice Governor Yunfeng to meet the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, at the Palau de la Generalitat. As part of the official trip, the Chinese delegation also held meetings with different Government entities such as the Catalan Tourist Board (CTB), Catalonia’s Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIÓ) of the Ministry of Business and Labour, the Directorate General of Youth of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Family, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture and the Promotora d'Exportacions Catalanes, SA (PRODECA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food.
The Chinese province of Jiangsu
Jiangsu represents one of China’s main industrial hubs. Its history, its proximity to Shanghai and its geographical location between the East coast of China and the Yangtze River Delta, have made into a centre of trade and commercial exchanges. Despite the crisis, it is still one of the pioneer regions in China’s industrial development. This position as a driving force in the territory led to the arrival of the first Catalan firms to Mainland China, many of which also began to establish themselves in the more southern province of Guangdong.
Jiangsu is China’s second smallest province but the fifth in terms of population density. It is one of the economic and commercial centres of the country. The province is home to the main exporting electronic, chemical and textile firms’ head-offices and is also one of the principle Foreign Direct Investment receivers. Moreover, its GDP is among the highest in the whole country while its GDP per capita is well above the national average. Its main economic sectors include renewable energies, agriculture and its related industries, mining, textiles, machinery as well as the chemical and car industries. Furthermore, it is an important tourist destination and the income generated from the tourism industry represents an important source of the province’s wealth.
With this agreement, the Catalan Government further consolidates its institutional ties with China, as it complements the Catalonia-Guangdong Partnership Agreement signed in 2003 and the good relationship held with with the government of Hong Kong.