Kunming delegation showcases ‘wealth of opportunities’ for Mersey firms in China health sector

Officials from the picturesque Yunnan province of South West China arrived in the city to discuss the wealth of opportunities at the seminar held during the International Business Festival

Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Exhibition Centre Liverpool is hosting the International Business Festival. Picture by Tony McDonough


A Chinese delegation taking part in the International Business Festival have participated in a major trade seminar aimed at Liverpool city region businesses.

Officials from the picturesque Yunnan province of South West China arrived in the city to discuss the wealth of opportunities in the sector at a seminar being held on June 13 during the festival at Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Kunming’s Central Government is planning to make Kunming the Big Health City of China, which has created opportunities for companies in medicine, pharmacy, elderly care and health tourism.

The seminar began with an introduction by Deputy Mayor Gary Millar before an introduction on Kunming by Ms Wang Jianying, Vice Mayor of Kunming, which also sent a delegation to the festival in 2016.

Mr. He Wenming, Deputy Director of Kunming Municipal Commission of Public Health and Family Planning, delivered the seminar on Big Health opportunities before a Q&A session.

Kunming is one of China’s most important tourist areas in South and Southwest Asia and in 2017 the UN listed the city as one of the most liveable in the world. The seminar will provide an insight into the region and how businesses from the Liverpool city region and beyond can seize the rich opportunities emerging in Kunming.

Two years ago, the delegation was led by the Vice Mayor of Kunming and a civic reception, featuring dancers who entertained civic dignitaries at Liverpool Town Hall.

A Friendship Partnership Agreement was signed by Vice Mayor Li and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson to bolster a positive and mutually beneficial relationship and strengthen existing ties.

Vice Mayor Ms Wang from Kunming, said: “In 2016 we began a friendship which has led to developing trade and business networks between our two cities. Liverpool is a wonderful place. Like Kunming it is rich in culture, heritage and business.

There are a wealth of opportunities here for UK businesses and over the last two years we have developed our city to welcome those businesses to Kunming to trade. 

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