The CETREGIO Programme was launched jointly in 2011 by DG REGIO and NDRC to support the development of links and the exchange of good practice between European and Chinese Regions.
- 27th-29th May: WMES first became involved when it hosted a visit by 17 NDRC representatives.The focus on the visit was integrated territorial rural-urban development and the party visited Birmingham city centre, the I54 site and the Flax Mill in Shrewsbury.
- 18th-22nd June: This was followed by a visit to three cities in Guangxi province (Nanning, Beihai and Guilin) to discuss further cooperation possibilities.
- 9th October: Mark Schneider from WMES presented a review of the May visit to the West Midlands and future plans at the Open Days EU-China High Level Seminar on Regional Policy.
- 18th-22nd November: Mark Schneider from WMES and Andrew Evans from Shropshire County Council were part of a party of 10 from across Europe who travelled to China. The party visited the city of Wuhan in Hubei Provence, attended the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership Forum in Beijing and visited the city region of Tianjin.