Press Release

Premier's Office
Release Date:
Monday, 22 May 2017 - 4:46pm

BVI House Asia Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Heather Tang, attended the Liaisons Conference for the International Department of Friendship Cities, as efforts to foster a stronger relationship with Shenzhen continue.

Ms. Tang attended the conference held on May 12, at the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government.

In remarks at the session, Ms. Tang said the BVI looks forward to continued strong friendship with Shenzhen and with other friendship cities partnering with Shenzhen, as well as continued growth and prosperity for all.  32 delegates from 16 of Shenzhen’s friendship cities also attended this year’s conference.

Director General of Foreign Affairs of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, Ms. Tang Lixia said the event marked the first time representatives from 16 of Shenzhen’s friendship cities had gathered together to learn about the rapid development of modern Shenzhen.

The director also said Shenzhen will put more efforts into the organisation of the “Hi-Tech and Cultural Fair” as well as implementation of the “The Belt and Road”, “Go Global” and “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Zone” strategy, to enhance the valuable trade relationship with the BVI and other sister/friendship cities.

The British Virgin Islands Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2014 with the Shenzhen Government to promote the exchange of information and cooperation in a number of sectors including financial services, tourism, the economy and culture.

The Government of the Virgin Islands has affirmed its commitment to strengthening international relationships, in positioning the Territory for the future.

Photographs are attached:

1. A group photo at the Liaisons Conference for International Departments of Friendship Cities. (Photo credit: Provided)

2. Ms. Heather Tang, COO of BVI House Asia, speaks at the conference (Photo credit: Provided)


April Glasgow

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations
Phone: (284) 468-2730