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Chinese Consul bids farewell to Inverness (19/12/06)
The Chinese Consul General Mme Guo Guifang recently paid a farewell visit to Inverness when she was received by Provost William Smith and Councillor Kathleen Matheson at Inverness Town House.
This visit marks the end of her term as Consul General in Edinburgh. She was attended by her husband Mr Bian Jainghua, Mr Alan Chow, Chair of the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Moray Chinese Association and colleagues. Area Manager Mr Chris Claridge and Area Development Manager Mr Graham Strachan were also present.
Mme Guo reflected on the good relationship which has been developed over the past few years and the warm welcome she had always received when visiting Inverness and The Highland Council. Mme Guo explained that she felt Inverness and the Highlands had much to offer in terms of business and tourism links with China.
Provost William Smith said: “We are very pleased that Mme Guo chose to visit Inverness on her final tour of office and would like to wish her all success in her new post in London. She has helped improve the links between Inverness and China and we have enjoyed her visits immensely.”
Graham Strachan, Area Development Manager added: “Earlier this year we hosted an officer from China to work alongside development agencies in Inverness and the Highlands. This was a concrete example of working together and gave business, social and educational interests a chance to identify and take forward opportunities. A delegation from China visited and set up links with local schools and health establishments. We look forward to even closer relationships in the future.”