Derbyshire leaders welcome diplomat to strengthen China opportunities

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Derbyshire County Council Chairman INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Councillor George Wharmby welcomes Pan Yundong, Consul General of China, to County Hall, Matlock.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Derbyshire County Council Chairman INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Councillor George Wharmby welcomes Pan Yundong, Consul General of China, to County Hall, Matlock.

International trade opportunities were discussed when Derbyshire business leaders welcomed a visiting Chinese diplomat to the county.

Derbyshire County Council hosted Pan Yundong, the Consul General of China, at its County Hall headquarters in Matlock.

Also in attendance were representatives from Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce and the Derbyshire Economic Partnership.

The visit of Mr Yundong, who is China’s diplomatic representative based in Manchester, was aimed at finding ways to further develop Derbyshire’s links with its twin Chinese province of Shanxi as well as forging closer ties with the rest of China.

Councillor George Wharmby, Derbyshire County Council Chairman, said: “We are committed to our strong international links and it was a pleasure to welcome Mr Yundong to Derbyshire.

“We are keen to develop opportunities for the future with China, our twin province of Shanxi in particular, and it was good to have so many influential people around the table.”

Derbyshire County Council formalised its links with Shanxi Province in July last year when the two authorities signed a memorandum of understanding.

They are now working to learn from each other to develop business, tourism, culture and education benefits.

The county council signed the agreement in partnership with the Derbyshire Destination Management Partnership, which works to create awareness of the county and boost tourism.

Mr Yundong toured Rolls Royce’s Derby factory following his visit to County Hall.