Chinese officials to visit Lincolnshire next week to discuss potential business opportunities

A delegation of industry leaders and government officials from China’s Hunan province will be visiting the county next week to discuss potential business opportunities.

On Thursday, April 19, around 70 representatives from the province will meet with local business leaders to explore the benefits to both regions of collaboration on areas including new technology, innovation and productivity, as well as strengthening ties within sectors such as food, engineering and education.

During the day, the delegation will visit Holbeach Technology Park, Stokes, Imperial Tea, Immingham Docks, the University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University and Lincoln College.

Hunan is home to more than 68 million people, and its economy is worth around £385 billion per year.

Traditionally a rice and cotton growing area, Hunan has been developing its machinery, steel, tobacco and food processing, and electronics sectors, as well as new creative industries, such as broadcasting and motion pictures.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place, said: “There’s enormous potential for our local businesses to do more with China, and Hunan in particular.

“China has become one of the largest and most important export markets in the world. Many county firms already have strong ties there, and we want to build on that foundation.

“We have a lot in common with Hunan, and, with our formal relationship with the province recently being given the official seal of approval by Beijing, it’s the ideal time for us start taking things forward.

“I look forward to welcoming our friends to the county and showing them some of the best we have to offer during what I’m sure will be another fruitful visit.”