Delta State Government and the city of Shenzhen in Southern China Guangdon province have pledged to promote close partnership in the development of green economy.
This commitment to work together as reported in the Chinese local media, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, stated that: â€œDr. Tang Jie, Vice Mayor met the delegation of Delta State headed by Mr. Paul Odili with Mr. David Oladiran and Mrs. Felicia Adu on the team.
Jie and Odili expressed their wishes to cooperate in new energy transportation, logistics, port, carbon trade and other areas related to green economy.
Jie introduced to the Nigerian guests Shenzhenâ€™s economic performance, public transportation powered by new energy, laws and regulations on green buildings, carbon trade mechanism and other innovative practices.
He said China was building the maritime Silk Road in earnest. and that Shenzhen is an important transition in China; as Delta State is the gateway to Africa. He expected great prospect in the cooperation between the two sides.
Odili, the Project Manager of Green Economy for the Delta State, said the state is rich in oil, minerals and palm oil.
He said the state was trying to encourage the growth of green economy through international cooperation.
His visit was aimed at learning about the history and present the development of Shenzhen as a special economic zone and Shenzhenâ€™s experience and practice in opening its economy to the world.
Odili also said the state was ready to work with the Shenzhen government and business interest and expressed his appreciation for the warm reception accorded the three-man delegation from Delta State.
Shenzhen, with a population of 10 million people, has per capita income of $20,000 and a Grass Domestic Product (GDP) of $200 billion. It has achieved great success in promoting environmental sustainability by developing its economy on hi-tech, advanced manufacturing and high-end services.