By Chito Chavez
Outgoing Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista asserted the city’s ties with its foreign counterparts will create new economic opportunities for the locality.
Bautista issued the statement after Quezon City and Shenyang Municipal People’s Government in China renewed their sister-city ties in a ceremony hosted by Bautista on Monday.
“Today, as we revisit and re-sign the fruitful relationship of our sister-cities, I’d like to believe this is a signal of elevating the sister cityhood of Quezon City and your city [Shenyang] from cultural exchanges to economic opportunities,” Bautista said.
Bautista’s Shenyang counterpart Pan Liguo and his delegation expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded to them.
The outgoing mayor emphasized his administration’s efforts in enhancing the structures and system of business that made Quezon City the benchmark local government unit in the country.
“We can not only cooperate in areas like the economy and trade, but we can also expand our future development potential in areas like education, technology, human resources, culture, and tourism,” Liguo for his part said.
Liguo also invited QC dignitaries to visit Shenyang and learn more about the city’s thriving heavy equipment, technology, and automotive industries.
Shenyang is known as a transportation and commercial hub in northeast China.
Quezon City and Shenyang City first signed the Memorandum of Understanding of Sister City Cooperation in 1993.