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Shanghai Mayor Visit

The Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Ying Yong visited Cork City Hall  where he signed a memorandum of understanding ( MOU) deepening already close ties in the fields of local government, education, business, innovation, health, culture and tourism between Cork and its twin city, Shanghai.

Shanghai is one of four-direct controlled municipalities in China. It is an economic powerhouse and  has a population of more than 24 million.
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Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “Since the Shanghai-Cork Sister City Agreement was signed in 2005, numerous productive activities have taken place between both cities including the Officials Exchange Programme which has been especially useful in building contacts with officials of the Shanghai Municipal and District Governments, thus ensuring the relationship between our two cities has deepened over the years”.

Mayor Ying described the collaboration between both cities as "a role model" for co-operation between countries of different backgrounds.

The MOU states that over the next five years ( 2017– 2022) both cities will continue their exchange programme for local government staff and visits to either city to examine local government issues.

It states that both cities will explore the potential of Cork as an investment location for Chinese business and will develop contacts between indigenous Cork-based companies and similar companies in China. Both cities will also support their research institutes to undertake joint research and development and promote co-operation between start-ups, incubators and science parks.

In the education sector, closer ties will be developed between educational authorities so they can build better understanding and share information. Teaching and research relationships will also be fostered as will exchange programmes between teachers and students in the higher education institutions.

Both local governments also pledged to explore “opportunity for work placement for undergraduate and postgraduate students in companies in both cities”. Both cities will also encourage visits to either city by primary and secondary school pupils and their teachers so they can cultivate friendship between the youth of both cities and enhance young peoples’ understanding of science and technology, art and sports in either country.

Mayor Ying was accompanied by a 13-strong delegation from Shanghai. After his visit to Cork City Hall, he attended a dinner, hosted by Cork City Council, at the Crawford Art Gallery where the guests enjoyed the best of Taste Cork food.

Last year, Cork City received a prestigious Friendship City Award for Exchanges and Cooperation with China from the Chinese Government. Shanghai has 85 sister cities and was one of three cities nominated for the award.






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