In the afternoon of September 7, the Shandong-Free State Business Forum was held in Jinan. Hon. Elias S Magashule, Premier of Free State, and Mr. Xin Shuren, Deputy Secretary-General of Shandong Provincial Government attended the forum and delivered speeches. Mr. Liu Juntao, Deputy Counsel of Shandong Provincial Foreign Affairs Office hosted the forum.
"At this crucial stage of the advancement of the Belt and Road Initiative, deepening China-Africa Cooperation and BRICS cooperation, the sub-national cooperation between Shandong and South Africa enjoys even more promising future. I hope that the two sides could make full use of this forum to boost mutual understanding, expand trade volume, facilitate production capacity cooperation and elevate the engagement level", said Mr. Xin Shuren.
Premier Magashule said that both China and South Africa were members of the BRICS bloc, so the two provinces enjoyed great cooperation potential and broad future market. He hoped that the two sides could enhance business cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.
Officials from Shandong Provincial Federation of Industry and Commerce. Shandong Provincial Department of Commerce and Shandong SME Bureau also attended the forum. Over 30 Shandong companies in manufacturing and agriculture sectors joined the event and carried out exchanges with the Free State companies.