Wales - Chongqing relationship
Chongqing and Wales enjoy an unparalleled relationship which owes its conception to the personal recommendation of Premier Wen Jiabao during his visit to Wales in 2000, the same year as the establishment of the British Consulate in Chongqing. The first Memorandum of Understanding between Chongqing and Wales was signed in 2006 during the visit to Chongqing of Rhodri Morgan, First Minister for Wales, and identified a number of areas for potential collaboration. The success of the relationship, built on openness, pragmatism and trust, led to the signing of a formal Co-operation Agreement in 2008, again during a visit to Chongqing by the First Minister for Wales.
The relationship has continued to go from strength to strength and now embraces collaboration in an extensive range of areas for the mutual benefit of Chongqing and Wales and their citizens: economic development, environment and climate change, science and technology, forestry and agriculture, education, health, art and culture.
Wales Week 2010 (8-12 March, Chongqing)
In order to celebrate the remarkable progress of the Wales-Chongqing link, and as one of the components of the series of events marking the 10th Anniversary of the British Consulate-General in Chongqing, the 4th annual Wales Week will be held in Chongqing from 8th to 12th March 2010. The Wales Week will highlight the progress of exchange and co-operation between Wales and Chongqing in the past four years in a range of sectors, and to explore more collaborative opportunities in the fields of low carbon – renewable energy research, international commercial activities, education, arts and culture. A series of activities are proposed for Wales Week 2010 and these include: Wales Week Reception – Launch of www.wales.cn mandarin website; Low Carbon Research Institute Event; MoU signing on Education between Wales and Chongqing; an education delegation led by British Council Wales; a trade mission led by International Business Wales; Capacity Building Training for Arts Practitioners in Southwest China (organised by British Council); and School Link Seminar (organised by British Council).
6 - 8 March
Capacity Building – Training for Arts Practitioners in Southwest China
Working in partnership with Chongqing Cultural Exchange Centre，Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate General Chongqing will organise the ‘Capacity Building – Training for Arts Practitioners in Southwest China’ from 6th to 8th March, 2010. Trainers from the Wales Millennium Centre will provide 3 days systematic training to arts managers, artistic directors & arts practitioners from various arts organizations in Southwest China. Through facilitating the communication among artists in the two countries, this training will cover the key aspects of arts management in order to build capacity within Southwest China.
Wales-Chongqing Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) Forum
After discussions and reciprocal visits between Wales LCRI and Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology (CAST) in 2009, it is intended to establish the Chongqing Low Carbon Research centre in CAST aiming to identify more international research projects on low carbon technology and renewable energy. The 1st Wales-Chongqing Low Carbon Research Forum is to be held on 9th March. Project leaders from six Welsh institutions of LCRI will be visiting Chongqing to bring the Chongqing audience up to date on the research projects LCRI currently undertakes and to explore possibilities for future collaboration.
Trade Mission, 7-12 March (XGEN Presentation)
A multi-sector trade delegation led by International Business Wales will be visiting Chongqing from 7th to 12th March. One-to-one meetings will be set up for Welsh companies to meet up with local stakeholders and companies to develop possible business links and partnership.
A separate presentation will be given by XGEN (Next Generation Engineering) on 10th March on their expertise and services in Nanotechnology/advanced engineering.
Higher Education Delegation
Following the visit by universities from Chongqing in 2009, a Welsh education academic delegation organised by British Council Wales will pay a return visit to partners in Chongqing in March 2010. During the visit, Welsh representatives will witness the signing of the MoU between Department of Education, Children and Lifelong Learning, Welsh Assembly Government and Chongqing Education Commission.
Wales Week Reception & Launch of www.wales.cn
The Wales Week Reception is a ceremonial event to acknowledge the core contacts and key interlocutors from fields including government, business, education, science and innovation, cultural and arts. This year’s reception will take place on 11th March. www.wales.cn, the newly developed mandarin website will be launched at the reception. This website serves as the official gateway for Chinese citizens to get to know Wales better.
Chongqing-Wales School Partnership Workshop
Working in partnership with Chongqing Municipal Education Association for International Exchange, the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate General Chongqing will organize a Chongqing-Wales School Partnership Workshop on 12 March, 2010. This workshop aims to involve over 50 Chongqing schools which have twinning partnerships with schools in Wales to share experiences and best practice on school international work and sustainable school partnership development.
The way ahead
The Chongqing - Wales relationship is built on a firm foundation. The events of Wales Week 2010 will bring together key partners and provide further impetus to the relationship. It will provide a platform for more activity leading to business opportunities, collaboration and exciting projects in the Year of the Tiger. We invite the people of Chongqing to join us in celebrating the success of the relationship.