The MI Executive Director made an official visit to Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from March 19 - 21, 2023. The trip was kindly arranged by the Chinese Consulate General in Khon Kaen and the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (FAOGX).
Kicking off the official mission on March 20, 2023, Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, MI Executive Director, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Wei Ran, Director General (DG) of the Foreign Affairs office of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (FAOGX) to discuss potential cooperation between MI and the Guangxi region. During the meeting, the DG gave a presentation on the background of Guangxi region and its latest developments which bring both prosperity and challenges. He is keen to work closely with MI on capacity building development in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Lancang-Mekong Cooperation region.
The lively discussion led to the DG’s acceptance to co-host MI’s next business forum which is part of “Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Business Forum” project funded by the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Fund.
Later, Ms. Wei Yu, Deputy Director General of FAOGX, hosted a dinner for the MI Executive Director and MI delegates.
Other meetings also took place, including an official visit to the Guangxi Federation of Industry and Commerce, Beibu Gulf Port Exhibition Hall of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, the China-Singapore Nanning International Logistic Park and China-ASEAN Mercantile Exchange, Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences (GASS), the Department of Agriculture of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Nanning Zhongguancun Science and Technology Park.
On concluding the successful official visits to Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the MI Executive Director commented, "The itinerary was quite packed because we wanted to maximize the time we had while we were in Guangxi. However, each meeting was valuable and productive, as each organization complements MI and its programs in many ways. We look forward to working with Guangxi Government, the academic institutes, and business groups in the region."