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International Urban Cooperation 15th March 2017, Beijing

MarkSchneider from WMIS attended the launch event for the new EU project “International Urban Cooperation: Sustainable and Innovative Cities and Regions – Regional Action Asia (IUC Asia) in Beijing. The key note addresses were given by Hans-Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador of the European Union to China, Ronnie Hall, principal adviser of the European Commission’s DG REGIO and Mr. Liu Sushe, Director General of Department of Regional Economy of NDRC. Mark presented an overview of the West Midlands involvement in the forerunner of the IUC programme, the World Cities, and the WM collaboration with the city of Tianjin.

China-EU Regional Economic Cooperation Event 12th – 16th October 2016, Beijing and Tianjin

Mark Schneider from W5ac736a3-8373-4807-8c8d-7d998dd92a39est Midlands International Service attended the visit organised by China-EU Regional Economic Cooperation Center (CERECO).  The programme included participation in the Global Innovation Summit of Zhongguancun Science Park, a meeting with the Vice Mayor of Tianjin and President of DRC Tianjin (Development and Reform Commission) and a visit to Binhai New District. The EU delegation also visited the Jixian District of Tianjin for a discussion on potential pilot projects between European companies and innovation centres in Tianjin.

West Midlands Inte58434025-766c-4e01-b24f-1313894430bbrnational Service attends the EU-China Low Carbon Cities Conference in Wuhan, 28th 29th June 2016

After the successful outcome of the COP21 in Paris, the European Union and the People’s Republic of China held the EU-China Low Carbon Cities Conference,in Wuhan, China. The Conference will be hosted by the European Union Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, and vice-Chairman Zhang Yong of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China.

Vice Governor of Shanxi Province visits Stafford 24th May 2016

Mr Zhang Fuming, Vice Govenor of Shanxi Province and Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council

Mr Zhang Fuming, Vice Govenor of Shanxi Province and Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council

A delegation headed up by the Vice Governor of Shanxi Province, Mr Zhang Fuming, visited Stafford on 24th May. Shanxi Province covers an area of 156,000sqkm and has a population of 36 million. Shanxi is one of China’s key suppliers of coal, and produces around ¼ of the country’s coal, and 1/5 of its coking coal.

The delegation were keen to hear how Staffordshire and Stoke are dealing with the legacy of their coal industry and looking at new clean energy generation. They were also interested to hear about Staffordshire’s cultural offer. More information can be found here along with the presentations.