Mayor Edna Jackson and members of City Council met today with Xu Erwen, Consul General for the southern United States for the People’s Republic of China.
The local leaders were also joined by Acting City Manager Stephanie Cutter, Brynn Grant of the World Trade Center Savannah, Savannah State University President Cheryl Dozier, and Chinese students involved in an exchange program between SSU and the university in Savannah’s Chinese Sister City of Jiujiang.
The group discussed common issues, such as increasing trade with the ports, supporting educational exchanges, and promoting tourism between China and Savannah.
“This relationship is a good one, and it is beneficial to both countries and both people,” Erwen said. Ms. Erwen was appointed Consul General based in Houston, Texas, in August 2011. She was in Savannah as part of a broader tour through areas of strategic interest to China in the South. During her stay, she was scheduled to tour the Georgia Ports and Gulfstream Aerospace.
Savannah entered into a Sister City relationship with the port city of Jiujiang, China in 2008 as part of a larger exchange effort on the Georgia Coast organized by the State Department of Economic Development.
“We want to bring our countries together for the good of all of our citizens, and this is just another step in this journey,” Mayor Jackson said.