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CAL and Air China discuss alliance
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley held talks in Shanghai yesterday with a group of young Chinese businessmen involved in robotics, artificial intelligence, real estate development, investment financing, ICT and tours and travel. He thanked them for their interest in investing in T&T and encouraged them to explore the opportunities available.
On day four of his visit to China, Dr Rowley also met with officials Shanghai Construction Engineering Corporation which has been operating in T&T for more than a decade. Among the company’s recent projects is the Couva Children’s Hospital. China’s President Xi Jinping attended the ceremonial opening of the hospital in 2013, on his first visit to this country and participated in the ceremonial laying of the cornerstone.
The hospital was built in part with a government concession loan from the Peoples Republic of China valued at just over $1,003,000,000 which has to be repaid in 31 instalments starting this year at an interest rate of two per cent per annum.
The delegation also visited the Yangshan Deepwater Port, operated by the Shanghai International Port Group Co Ltd and located in Hangzhou Bay. It is the largest automated port in the world. Dr Rowley was given a guided tour of the facility by Yan Jun, president of the company.
The Prime Minister was later hosted to a banquet by Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Jiang Ping.
CAL Chairman Ronnie Mohammed, who is part of the TT delegation in China, met with senior officials from Air China, the Vice Chairman, of the Commercial Committee, Rao Xinyu and Deputy Director Bilateral and Government Affairs, International Affairs and Co-operation, Zhang Baoru. The meeting explored the possibility of code sharing and interlining opportunities between the two air carriers.
Air China is China’s sole flag carrier and is a member of the world’s largest airline organisation, the Star Alliance. CAL officials are optimistic these preliminary discussions will develop into a productive partnership between the two airlines.
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