GIZ’s 37th annual Mayor’s Tour successfully started off last weekend, welcoming a delegation of high-level Mayors from Chinese cities. Until now, the Mayor’s Programme has already trained more than 800 Chinese mayors and provided them with relevant insights on Germany’s efforts to promote sustainable urbanisation and development.
On 9 July, the delegation visited Duisburg, an essential transportation and processing hub for Chinese trains in Europe. The Port of Duisburg is the world’s largest inland port and the leading logistics hub in Central Europe. In order to promote trade relations with China, the train connection Chongqing-Duisburg was officially launched in 2014. Since then, the city has become the gateway realizing trade exchange between China and Europe. Now every week, about 30 Chinese trains arrive at a vast terminal in Duisburg’s inland port, introducing Chinese goods to the German and European market.
The delegation was welcomed by Mr. Pflug from the City of Duisburg. Delegates visited the city hall and the Port of Duisburg, as well as the LogPort company, Duisburg's logistic center for navigating incoming goods.