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Mayor set for China mission

Dessie Blackadder

Reporter:

Dessie Blackadder

MID and East Antrim Council have signed a Friendly Cities ‘Agreement of Co-operation’ with the Mayor of Donghai County in China.

In October, Mayor Councillor Lindsay Millar welcomed a seven party delegation from Donghai, including it's Mayor, Mr Gao to learn more about Donghai and to discuss areas of mutual interest.

At the meeting, Cllr Millar gave a speech formally welcoming the Mayor and the delegation and spoke of how the Council was keen to further develop a relationship with the Government and People of China to mutually increase trade and economic activity.

She also highlighted the important similarities between Mid and East Antrim and Donghai County in areas of agri-food and tourism.

the Mayor of Donghai provided an overview of the Donghai area and it's strategic priorities while Chief Executive Anne Donaghy gave a detailed presentation of the Mid and East Antrim area.

The Mayor of Donghai formally extended an invitation to the Mayor, Chief Executive and Councillor Audrey Wales to visit Donghai in early 2019 in order to develop the relationship further The invitation was formally accepted.

The purpose of the Friendly Cities Agreement of Cooperation is to promote pragatic cooperation and develop the friendship between the peoples of the two countries. It is a precursor to a formal Sister Cities Agreement.

DUP Councillor William McCaughey proposed Council officers proceed with the necessary preparations fro the visit and this was seconded by DUP Alderman John Carson.

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