In late April, Barbara Woodward paid her first visit to Chongqing as the British Ambassador to China. During her visit, she met Mayor Huang Qifan and exchanged views on U.K.-Chongqing bilateral relations.
In the meeting, the Ambassador said that 2015 was a golden year for U.K.-China relations—the Duke of Cambridge already visited China in March, and later this year the U.K. will welcome President Xi for a state visit. 2015 is also a Year of Cultural Exchange and marks the 15th anniversary of the Consulate-General in Chongqing.
The Ambassador said she looks forward to further co-operation in training, education, and trade and investment between the U.K. and Chongqing. She also met with the staff of the Consulate-General in Chongqing and exchanged views with business and education contacts to better understand the ongoing collaboration in trade and investment, training, and education. She hoped for more educational and business exchanges that would benefit both Chongqing and the U.K.
The Ambassador also delivered a speech on Employability in the 21st Century to hundreds of students at Chongqing University and shared the U.K.’s experience in increasing employability for graduates.
Over 30 British companies have a presence in Chongqing, and there is great potential for even more business collaboration in the fields of urban planning, architectural design, environmental protection, and energy, especially shale gas.
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