Civil ser­vice chief leads ma­jor mis­sion to Far East

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY MAR­GARET CAN­NING

CHINA con­tin­ues to be a land of op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses and ed­u­ca­tion providers in North­ern Ire­land, it’s been claimed.

David Ster­ling, the head of the North­ern Ire­land Civil Ser­vice, has ar­rived in the coun­try where he is lead­ing a del­e­ga­tion to the fourth UK- China Re­gional Lead­ers Sum­mit in Dalian, the cap­i­tal city of Liaon­ing.

His trip con­tin­ues un­til to­mor­row and fol­lows an in­vi­ta­tion to visit Dalian fol­low­ing the Re­gional Lead­ers Sum­mit held in Belfast last De­cem­ber.

Dalian is North­ern Ire­land’s part­ner prov­ince in China.

Mr Ster­ling said: “I am proud to lead the North­ern Ire­land del­e­ga­tion to China. The North­ern Ire­land Bu­reau in China has been work­ing with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, the For­eign Of­fice and the coun­cils on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a num­ber of out­comes from the Sum­mit last year and to ne­go­ti­ate new part­ner­ships that will open up busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, create jobs, at­tract more Chi­nese vis­i­tors and stu­dent ex­changes.

“The Sum­mit in Dalian will look at co­op­er­a­tion in health­care, small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment in knowl­edge and green economies and ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing. Busi­nesses will have the op­por­tu­nity to meet po­ten­tial cus­tomers and busi­ness part­ners as well dis­cuss sup­port from Liaon­ing and Dalian to do busi­ness with China.”

A spokes­woman for the Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice said: “David Ster­ling will un­der­take a pro­gramme of events and en­gage­ments in Liaon­ing un­til Wed­nes­day.

“This will in­clude ad­dress­ing del­e­gates from 31 Chi­nese provin- cial and mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments on op­por­tu­ni­ties to part­ner and col­lab­o­rate with North­ern Ire­land, and meet­ings with key Chi­nese re­gional lead­ers in­clud­ing Vice Gover­nor Chen of Liaon­ing and the Mayor of Dalian.”

Tim Losty, di­rec­tor of the Bu­reau in China, said: “China con­tin­ues to hold great op­por­tu­ni­ties in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, pol­icy ex­change, and re­search and youth ex­change.”

David Ster­ling, head of the NI Civil Ser­vice, is in China

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