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    Ningxia and Mendoza Hold Online Meeting

    On March?31, Ningxia Foreign Affairs Office (NXFAO) held an online meeting with officials from Mendoza Province of Argentina, so as to deepen?Ningxia’s exchanges and cooperation with the new world wine regions and promote?the high-quality development of its wine industry. Fan Huafeng, Deputy Director-General of NXFAO,?and Mario Lazzáro, General Manager of ProMendoza, attended the meeting and delivered remarks respectively.

    Fan Huafeng noted?that in recent years, through senior officials?visits as well as economic and cultural promotions, Ningxia and Mendoza?maintained?close?contact and reached?consensus on carrying out?practical cooperation in?wine, education, culture and tourism.?He said that Mendoza, as the most representative province in Argentina’s wine industry, has a time-honored?winemaking?history and culture. With a?well-developed?system consisting of advanced technologies?and?equipment, professionals, established brands and favorable marketing?strategies, Mendoza?boasts a distinctive competitive?edge and would be?complementary to Ningxia’s wine?industry?with broad?cooperation prospects. The two?sides could take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Argentina?as an opportunity to accelerate the establishment?of international friendship city relations?and create?favorable conditions?for more friendly?ties between?wine regions and wineries, thus expanding our cooperation in the wine industry?and?other fields.

    Speaking?highly of the fruitful outcomes?resulted from?friendly exchanges?between Mendoza?and Ningxia, Lazzáro?expressed his willingness to make joint efforts with?NXFAO to play a better role as a?bridge. He said vigorous efforts should be made to establish a contact?mechanism for?the government departments, organizations and?enterprises in the wine industry of the two sides, so as to advance?cooperation?concerning?wine technologies, professionals, products and markets, and enrich people-to-people exchanges.

    The two sides agreed that?the signing of the MOU on?the Establishment of?International Friendship City Relations Between?Ningxia and Mendoza?should be initiated at an early date, creating platforms?for further cooperation between?wine regions, enterprises?and universities. Going forward, NXFAO?will maintain?close contact?with ProMendoza?to facilitate relevant work in a?prudent and orderly manner.