Derbyshire and Shanxi 2011-07-31 20:03:12

Derbyshire’s international trade links have been strengthened further through a new agreement with a region of China.
 Derbyshire County Council is already working alongside the Shanxi Province of China and has now formalised the partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding for economic and cultural benefit.
The agreement was signed during a visit to Derbyshire by officials from Shanxi and the two regions are planning further work to explore opportunities in construction, tourism, culture and education.
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We already have excellent international relationships in Derbyshire and this latest link is good news for residents and business in the county.
“We’re looking forward to continuing work with our colleagues in Shanxi to further develop business, tourism, culture and education benefits.
“Around 20 million people live in the Shanxi Province – way more than the 770,000 residents of Derbyshire. But Derbyshire is surrounded by a number of major cities and our Chinese visitors were very impressed with the work done to attract tourists.”
Derbyshire and Shanxi are both working to develop former mining areas, both have World Heritage Sites and have growing tourism industries.
Derbyshire County Council signed the agreement in partnership with the Derbyshire Destination Management Partnership, which works to create awareness of the county to boost tourism.

Editor:Hao Junwen
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