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Regional governor discusses cooperation with representatives of Chinese Shanxi province

The Moravian-Silesian Region was visited by a seven-member delegation from the Chinese Shanxi (Shan-si) province, led by Vice-Governor Zhang Fuming.

The guests discussed opportunities for cooperation between both regions with Regional Governor Miroslav Novák, and also attended the Brokerage Event – Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Conference, held by the Agency for Regional Development.

This is the second time representatives of Shanxi province have visited the Moravian-Silesian Region. Representatives of the business sector also accompanied political representatives of the People’s Republic of China last year, at the recommendation of Chinese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Mrs J.E. MA Keging. This time, our guests were interested mainly in the development of science and new technologies, the mechanical engineering and heavy industry sectors, and also in culture and heritage preservation. They signed the Record of Talks between the Shanxi Province of the People’s Republic of China and the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic at the close of the meeting. This document expresses the will to work towards the conclusion of a partnership agreement.

Cooperation with the second most powerful economy in the world is important to us. Most companies in the Moravian-Silesian Region are currently active in the automotive industry, in electronics, electrical engineering, and information and communication technologies, while biotechnology also has very good prospects here. We remain very strong in metallurgy and mechanical engineering, we specialise in the development and manufacture of modern materials – steel and composites and other types of surface treatment for materials, including nanotechnology, and I think that this is a very interesting opportunity for a powerful economy like China,” said Moravian-Silesian Governor Miroslav Novák. The Moravian-Silesian governor has been personally involved in developing an economic and cultural partnership between the Moravian-Silesian Region and China for several years now, and last year he was appointed one of two governors of the Association of Governors of Provinces of the People’s Republic of China and Representatives of Central and East European Regional Delegates.

“We want to show investors that if they choose the Czech Republic as an entry point to Europe, the Moravian-Silesian Region is the right place for implementing their plans,” Moravian-Silesian Governor Miroslav Novák added. He also emphasised developing cooperation with China in the fields of education, science, healthcare and culture. In June. The governor will visit the Chinese Hebei province and he is expected to sign a partnership agreement with representatives of this province, which will be linked to a memorandum concluded last year.

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