At the invitation of Provost Joan Sturgeon, Chinese Consul General Pan Xinchun and his wife paid an official visit to North Ayrshire on 2rd June. During the visit, Mr. Pan had a cordial meeting with the Provost and her entourage from the City Council, delivered a speech to the local businesses on relations between China and the UK, China-Scotland relations and China's economy.
Provost Joan Sturgeon warmly welcomed the couple of Consul General and briefed them on the development and vision of North Ayrshire. She said North Ayrshire with its huge potentials for development, is strengthening the infrastructure, so as to improve the business environment, attract new foreign investment and transform the area into the most vibrant local economy in Scotland by 2025. The Provost spoke highly of the achievement China has made in its development, and wished to see more exchanges and co-operation between North Ayrshire and China, saying Chinese investors will be very welcome to North Ayrshire.
Consul General Pan expressed his sincere thanks to the Provost for her cordial invitation and hospitality, saying he is delighted to visit the beautiful city and understand the development of local economy and society. He indicated that China-UK as well as China-Scotland relations maintain a strong momentum of development, providing an important opportunity for the co-operation between China and North Ayrshire. He wished to further enhance understanding of the North Ayrshire through the visit and actively promote practical co-operation between the two sides.
Consul General Pan was also briefed on economic development of North Ayrshire by Karen Yeomans, Executive Director Economy and Communities. The couple of Consul General watched Children's golf demonstration and had a tour of the Museum of Big Idea accompanied by the Provost.
At noon, Consul General Pan delivered a speech to the local businesses on the relations between China and the UK, China-Scotland relations and China's Economy, which was attended by around 40 representatives from the City Council, business, and stakeholders.