On 20th November, Mr. PAN Xinchun, Chinese Consul General, paid a visit to Angus County. During his very first visit, Consul General visited “Journeycall”, a local company specialising in customer contact services, and Arbikie Distillery in Arbroath, the largest town in Angus which is well known by its high historical and cultural value. Mr. Pan is warmly welcomed and accompanied during the tour by the Provost of Angus, Councillor Helen Oswald, and had a meeting with her in Hospitalfield House, which is believed to be Scotland's first school of fine art and the first art college in Britain. Councillor Iain Gaul, Leader of the Council, Councillor Paul Valentine, Depute Leader of the Council, Mr. Richard Stiff, Chief Executive and Ms. Alison Smith, Service Manager of Economic Development attended.
Consul General Pan expressed sincere gratitude to being invited, appreciated the importance of friendly relations with China attached by Angus Council in the long term, and felt gratified to the healthy development of the sister-cities relationship between Yantai and Angus. He said that enjoying superior natural endowments, local industries like animal husbandry and fishery have been well developed in a long history, and Aberdeen-Angus beef has been top ranked for decades. Meanwhile, the local modern industries, such as oil, textile and tourism, are also highly competitive. Consul General encouraged Angus to seize the perfect opportunity brought by China's rapid economic development, continue to strengthen mutual beneficial cooperation with Chinese partners in areas of expertise and to further promote the deepening of bilateral friendly relations.
On behalf of Angus Council, Provost Oswald warmly welcomed Mr. Pan. She said, long-term smooth relations between Angus and Chinese counterparts, especially Yantai, have been exerting far-reaching positive influence on local development. Since the current government took office in 2012, it has already set the promotion of development of friendly relations with China as a priority. In addition to the food, oil, textile and other traditional industries, Angus also has great potential in developing its rich tourism resources. Arbroath Abbey is famous for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath, which is "Declaration of Independence" of Scotland, therefore Angus is widely known as “birthplace of Scotland”. Angus will continue to strengthen its publicity in China, attracting more Chinese tourists to visit and explore Angus.
Provost Oswald also expressed high interest in the prospect of establishing a brand new Confucius Institute Hub in Angus, and the proposal was appreciated by Consul General Pan, who promised to actively push forward the meaningful case and wished for its early implementations.