Civil service chief leads major mission to Far East
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