On 13 and 14 October, Mr. PAN Xinchun, Chinese Consul General and his wife paid a visit to the city of Inverness, and met with representatives of local government, business section and Chinese Community.
On 13 October, Mr. & Mrs. Consul General met with Ms. Jean Slater, Deputy Provost of Inverness in the Town House. Mr. Ian Brown, Leader of the City, Mr. David Haas, City Manager, Mr. Kenny MacInnes, Economic Advisor, Ms. Nicola Douglas, Head of Business Growth & Social Teams of Highlands & Islands Enterprise attended.
Mr. Pan said, as the capital of the Highland and the most northerly transport hub of Scotland and even the UK, Inverness looks like a stunning “Pearl of Highland”, which owns beautiful scenery, advanced education sector and immense vitality. Through this very first visit by himself, he deeply felt the hospitality of the City Council and people of Inverness. He is pleased to see the city maintains long-term relations with China, characterized by Chinese restaurants in the streets and numerous Chinese tourists beside Loch Ness. During the meeting, Mr.Pan introduced current trends of economic development of China and discussed a clearly chartered course to further strengthen pragmatic cooperation between China and the city.
Ms. Slater, Deputy Provost of the city, extended best wishes to the post-assumption of Mr. Pan and heartfelt welcome to his visit to Inverness on behalf of the city. She said, the city treasures the long-term friendly relations with China, and attaches great importance to it. The City Council is always committed to continuously improving the level of bilateral cooperation. In recent years, China has made a series of impressive economic achievements. On the other hand, Inverness enjoys its own characteristics and advantages in food and beverage industry, tourism and education sectors. The city looks forward to continuously broadening the fields of cooperation with Chinese partners through further strengthening interaction with The Chinese Consulate General. Other participants of the meeting also described the current development of their respective areas of responsibility and prospects for cooperation with China.
On 14 October, Consul General Pan also met senior members of China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) in Inverness and local Chinese representatives. Mr. Stewart Nicol, Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce of Inverness, Mr. James Brodie, CBBC Scotland Manager of CBBC, Brodie, Ms. Megan Donnachie, Senior International Trade Executive of Scottish Development International and Ms. Monica Lee, Chairperson of Chinese associations of Highland and Moray attended.
Mr. Pan introduced the latest economic developments of China, and was glad to learn the fruitful cooperation between the participants and their Chinese partners. He said the Consulate General is always willing to work together with the local business community to promote mutual beneficial business cooperation to a higher level.