Timor-Leste Infrastructure Minister Pedro Lay called on Guangdong from January 28 to February 1, 2008.
Lay¡¯s visit is aimed to review Guangdong¡¯s infrastructure such as power supply and transport facilities, learn from Guangdong¡¯s infrastructure construction experiences, explore possibility to purchase power generation facilities, and seek mutual cooperation opportunity.
Entrusted by provincial leader, GDFAO Deputy Director Wang Shitong met with the visiting guests and hosted a banquet in Lay¡¯s honor.
After extending his warm welcome, Wang made an introduction regarding Guangdong-Timor-Leste trade ties and Guangdong¡¯s social and economic development in recent years.
Guangdong wishes to import more products from Timor-Lester which fits in well in Guangdong market and meets its consumer demand better to realize trade balance as Guangdong still has a large trade surplus with Timor-Leste, Wang said.
There are great potentials for Guangdong-Timor-Leste cooperation in infrastructure area, Wang said, adding mutually beneficial cooperation would be further expanded based on the present cooperation.
After expressing his admiration for Guangdong¡¯s social and economic achievements, Lay said Timor-Leste is facing some issues which need to be addressed urgently such as extremely out-dated power supply facilities and transport facilities as well as monopolized telecommunication industry.
Timor-Leste Government actively encourages foreign investment in infrastructure and energy development area, Lay said.
Timor-Leste intends to purchase some second-hand diesel or heavy oil generating sets to address power supply shortage immediately, Lay said, adding he wishes Guangdong enterprises would take this opportunity to actively cooperate with Timor-Leste.
Lay also expressed his compassion for the heavy damage caused by the sleet which severely hit central and southern China recently.
Lay called on Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park, Yantian Port, ZTE Corporation, Guangzhou Development District, Conbo Electric Power Development Co. Ltd., and Guangzhou Port Group Xinsha Stevedoring Co. Ltd. in his Guangdong tour.