Agriculture Press Release

November 24, 1999

Chinese Delegation Visits Florida

TALLAHASSEE A 32-member delegation from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) visited Florida last week during a tour of the United States to review facilities and processes relating to economic reform and development, land-use management and food safety.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services assisted the delegation by arranging a tour of North Florida Holsteins and Alliance dairies in Gilchrist County.

"This is another example of our continuing efforts to develop significant relationships with officials throughout China that will help create opportunities for increased trade in the future," Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford said.

The delegation was led by Ms. Yang Zhaodi, Deputy Director-General of the Federal China Center for Town Reform and Development in the National Office for Restructuring Economic Systems. The group included mayors and city managers from many of the largest cities in the PRC, including Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, and Lhasa (capital of Tibet), as well as from the medium-sized capitals of 15 other Chinese provinces. Also included in the delegation were officials from Chinas National Finance and Agriculture Ministries, and a few members of the Shanghai Police Department.

In addition to visiting Florida, the delegation stopped in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The delegation was sponsored under a United Nations development program, as well as by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. Jeffrey Long, of the Universal Trading Group of New York, organized the trip.


For more information:

Liz Gablehouse
(850) 488-4366

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