Halifax Celebrates Strengthened Ties with Zhuhai, China

Halifax, NS – December 3, 2018 – The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the city of Zhuhai, China are celebrating their strengthened ties today at a reception at Saint Mary’s University. Deputy Mayor Tony Mancini and guests from the business community are welcoming international delegates with the launch of a photo exhibit from Zhuhai on display this month at the university.


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Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and Zhuhai Mayor Yao Yiesheng signed the partnership agreement during the Mayor’s most recent visit to China in June 2018. This aligns with the province’s Nova Scotia – China Engagement Strategy and friendship agreement with Guangdong province, where Zhuhai is located.

“As a city, province and country we are strengthening our international ties, including our relationship with China,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. “This partnership between our two cities allows us to build upon existing connections and explore new cultural and economic opportunities.”


The two cities already have many strong academic and industry connections, including between Beijing Normal University - Zhuhai and Saint Mary’s University, and the Port of Halifax and the Port of Shenzhen (which is near Zhuhai). Working more closely with this globally connected region further benefits the key transportation assets of the Halifax Gateway. Zhuhai also offers many complementary sectors to Halifax, including logistics, information technology, bio-pharmaceuticals, and tourism.


“As we work towards the ambitious vision of Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan to reach a population of 550,000 and GDP of $30B, we remain focused on developing relationships internationally to increase investment, trade, and global connectivity,” said John Rogers, Interim President & CEO, Halifax Partnership. “With China being one of the world’s fastest-growing markets and Nova Scotia’s second-largest trading partner, this is a strategic priority market for business, government and academic organizations.”




Currently, Halifax also has economic partnership agreements with Norfolk, Virginia and Aberdeen, Scotland. Nova Scotia has signed friendship agreements with Shandong and Guangdong provinces, and a letter of intent with Fujian province.



Media Contact: 

Alison Gillan

VP Marketing, Public Relations & Communications 

Halifax Partnership



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