Cook Islands Ambassadors are back from China

Cook Islands Ambassadors are back from China

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Cook Islands Ambassadors Angelia Williams, Kate Ngatokorua, Sandee Cook, Shaun Teaurima and Tayla Beddoes have recently returned from attending a three week ‘Young Leaders from Pacific Islands Countries’ programme held in Guangdong province, China. The training programme for Civil Servants and Young Leaders from Pacific Island Countries, was organised by the Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Guangdong and aims to sustain and facilitate the practical collaboration between our two countries.

The Ambassadors described the programme as “eye opening”.  They attended seminars and lectures, explored Shenzhen, Dongguan, Pearl River Delta and Foshan cities, and  participated in the Chinese cultural events.   “Taylor Beddos, Digital Coordinator from the Cook Islands Tourism Cooperation stated that the genuine friendliness and hospitality they received from the people of China was as “warm and enduring as the Pacific Island sun.” Additionally, having an insight into Chinese culture, economic development, trade, education, technology and health care the Ambassadors noted that “our goals and vision for our countries are very similar” and look forward to continued partnership. The Ambassadors would like to thank the Foreign Affairs Office of the Peoples Government of Guangdong and Guangdong University for this opportunity.

The Public Service Commissioner Russell stated that “this training is in line with the Government’s Public Sector Strategy 2016-2025 as these opportunities help to grow our people to strive and achieve excellence through learning, innovating and continuously improving” Thomas says “the Ambassadors have done the Cook Islands proud”