Yesterday, as one of the important events of the 2018 Shanghai-Dalian Economic and Trade Cooperation Shanghai-Dalian Week, the China-UK (Dalian) Advanced Manufacturing Industry Demonstration Park Special Promotion Conference was held at the Global Hyatt Hotel. Tan Chengxu, mayor of Dalian city, and Bi Wei, acting minister counsellor of the Department of International Trade of the British embassy in China, attended the ceremony and delivered speeches. Nearly 100 entrepreneurs from the Yangtze River Delta region attended the promotion meeting.
In order to implement the results of the 8th China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue, Dalian Municipal Government signed a memorandum of understanding with the British Ministry of International Trade to establish a Sino-British (Dalian) Advanced Manufacturing Industry Demonstration Park in the Huayuankou Economic Zone, aiming to build a China-UK Smart Eco-city, a green development pioneer area, a financial reform pilot area and an international cooperation demonstration area.
Tan Chengxu welcomed the distinguished guests at home and abroad during his speech. He said that the friendly exchanges and economic and trade cooperation between Dalian and Britain have a long history. In 1987, Dalian and Glasgow became friendly cities. A month ago, Dalian established friendly cooperative relations with Trieste, UK. As a result of the pragmatic cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative framework, the successful settlement of the Sino-British advanced manufacturing industry demonstration park in Dalian promoted jointly by the two sides opened a new chapter of deeper, broader and higher level cooperation between Dalian and Britain. Dalian sincerely invites all entrepreneurs to actively participate in the development, construction and operation of the China-UK Advanced Manufacturing Industry Demonstration Park and will provide more favorable policies, better environment and the best service for enterprises in the park with the goal of building a new highland for the Northern Yellow Sea region to open up cooperation with the UK, and building a world-class park.
Tan Chengxu stated that this year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up. Dalian City will uphold the development philosophy of innovation, opening, and cooperation, seize the opportunity of the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, and give full play to its advantages in location, industry, transportation, and free trade zone construction, and take the development and construction of china-UK advanced manufacturing industry demonstration park as a major opportunity to expand the new space and realize new development of china-UK cooperation in many fields such as investment, commerce and trade, and cultural tourism.
Bi Wei congratulated on the success of the thematic promotion. He said that the British government and enterprises are highly concerned about this project and hope that both sides will take this opportunity to carry out exchanges and cooperation in more fields.
At the signing ceremony, the management committee of Huayuankou Economic Zone signed a strategic partnership agreement with China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Limited. Dalian Sino-UK Industrial Park Development Co., Ltd. and Weilong (Shanghai) Investment Management Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement and signed a cooperation agreement with DTZ China Greater China and China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Limited for the preparation of the Sino-British industrial park planning.