On the morning of October 16, President Zhang Xiaomei visited the British Consulate-General in Wuhan, and held a work meeting with Consul-General Mr. Gareth Hoar, Trade and Investment Consul Mr. Chris Hay, Senior Trade and Investment Officer Ms. Linda Lin, Trade and Investment Officer Ms. Chloe Lin, and Chief Representative of China British Business Council Wuhan Office Ms. Amber Jiao.
Consul-General Mr. Gareth Hoar expressed his sincere welcome and appreciation to President Zhang Xiaomei and her colleagues’ visit. He said it is admirable that the economy and society of Hubei Province have fully recovered by now, though it has just gone through a very difficult time this year. Mr. John Edwards, British Trade Commissioner for China and Ms. Caroline Wilson, British Ambassador to China, have respectively assumed their new offices in May and September this year, which will definitely promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation between China and the UK. As China is the important market source for the UK, and Hubei is the most important province in central China, it is hoped that we can further strengthen cooperation in the fields of high-tech, environmental protection, infrastructure, education and medical care under the joint effort of the Consulate-General and CCPIT Hubei. The Trade and Investment Consul Mr. Chris Hay and relevant officials introduced the UK's advantages, activity plans and cooperation opportunities in sectors of education, infrastructure, sports, maritime services, medical care, health care, life sciences, and high-end manufacturing.
President Zhang Xiaomei said that Hubei and the United Kingdom helped and supported each other in the global fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, which not only left a warm memory in the friendly exchanges between the people, also laid a solid foundation for deepening practical cooperation in various fields between the two sides. At present, Hubei province is making every effort to implement the central government's package of support policies for Hubei, to promote post-epidemic recovery and high-quality development in Hubei. Under the current complicated and changeable international situation, it is all the more necessary for Hubei Province and UK to further intensify exchange,to seek opportunities, and to promote bilateral all-round and closer cooperation. President Zhang Xiaomei invited Consul-General Mr. Gareth Hoar to present in Hubei special activities during the China International Import Expo in Shanghai and the promotion activities of "Hubei Products Going Global" amid the Conference on Overseas Chinese Pioneering and Developing in China which is held in Wuhan in November. The two sides also had thorough discussion on member visit of CBBC, boutique shopping festivals and related activities of the coming year.
Ms. Li Xiaoyan, director of the Foreign Liaison Department of our council, and relevant staffs accompanied the discussion.