Amadou Toumany Toure, president of Mali, has invited the cotton textile enterprises in South China's Guangdong Province to run business in his country. Toure made this remark in a meeting with Guangdong Provincial Governor Huang Huahua on July 18.
While pointing out that the Mali and China has good potential in economic and trade cooperation, Toure suggested that Chinese enterprises are welcome to Mali for cotton purchase, and to provide help for the local cotton planting industry. Toure also expressed his hope that enterprises from Mali and China will enhance cooperation, and that cotton can be directly exported from Mali to China.
The two sides should seek new methods to further promote the economic and trade exchanges, he said.
Huang Huahua briefed the guests on Guangdong's economic and social situation, noting that Guangdong and Mali have witnessed a rapid development in economic and trade cooperation in recent years, with trade volume between the two sides reaching over US$16 million in the first five months of this year, up 220 percent year-on-year.
Guangdong and Mali complement each other in economy, Huang said, adding that Mali's cotton, cowskin and natural resources are needed by Guangdong, and Guangdong's motorcycle, electric appliance, and textile goods satisfy Malian consumers' demand.
Toure's visit will inject new vitality into the economic cooperation between the two sides, Huang said. Guangzhou is the third leg of Toure's China visit at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao, following Beijing and Shanghai. Toure is scheduled to leave China for home on July 20.
July 19, 2004