A delegation of Derby and Derbyshire businesses and civic leaders, travelled to China in November, as part of a wider Midlands Engine trade and investment mission.
They visited China with the aims of furthering civic and economic partnerships with the city of Hefei in Anhui province, which could potentially boost trade and tourism. They also furthered university to university partnerships, which could bring Chinese students and visitors to Derby.
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, leader of Derby City Council, said: “This is a big opportunity for the city, China is a superpower and we’ve got the opportunity to do business with them. This is our opportunity to be part of the world stage and to sit alongside the greatest cities in the world.”
Councillor Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Derby City Council, said: “This partnership will open doors to so many opportunities for business, investment, culture and tourism. The visit is a very strong statement of intent and the synergies between the Derby and Derbyshire offer. The opportunities in Hefei and Anhui are very clear.”
The delegation, was received extremely well with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both cities and regions to allow collaboration and innovation between all parties to get underway, whilst the Universities signed agreements of their own as well.
The visit was part of the Midlands Engine mission, co-ordinated by the China-Britain Business Council, which saw delegations from cities across the Midlands meeting with partners across China, before coming together in Shanghai to present a united front to Chinese civic and business leaders and investors.