Chinese officials enjoy New Year in Stocky

STOCKPORT is hoping to impress Chinese officials who are visiting the Greater Manchester town this week.

Local bosses want to develop closer links with the town of Kaifeng by impressing the Chinese delegates by sharing education and business knowledge and a Chinese New Year celebration.

Civic and local government officials from Kaifeng including the mayor, director of Kaifeng Education Bureau, director of Kaifeng Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Department, and deputy director of Kaifeng International Exchanges Service, are on a three day fact-finding tour of Stockport from 11 to 13 February 2009.

It follows a visit to Kaifeng last year by the leader of Stockport Council Dave Goddard, eight teachers from Stockport secondary and primary schools, and the council’s international liaison officer.

Cllr Goddard said: “Last year’s visit to Kaifeng was very successful and although we are not looking at formal twinning at this stage we hope that this week’s visit brings much stronger links and exchanges at a business, cultural and council levels between us and Kaifeng.

“Education links between the eight schools already linked with Kaifeng will definitely continue.”

The Kaifeng delegation will visit Broadstone Hall Primary School in Heaton Chapel, Stockport College, Adswood company ATB Morley, and meet with local businessmen and women and Stockport councillors to discuss business links between the towns.

Broadstone Primary has already developed links with Kaifeng and introduced Chinese culture into the school while ATB Morley produces motors for coal mining drills for China.

The Kaifeng officials will also attend the Proud of Stockport Awards at Stockport Town Hall and end their visit by attending a Chinese New Year Spectacular at the Plaza on 14 February.


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