First Anniversary Celebrations for Shenzhen-Edinburgh Creative Industries Incubation Center Was Held in Edinburgh

On 7 September, Mr. Xu Qin, Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal Government, Rt Hon Donald Wilson, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Mr. Pan Xinchun, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh attended the celebrations and ceremony for creative competition award held in Edinburgh, marking the first anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen-Edinburgh Creative Industries Incubation Center. The event was participated by over a hundred guests, including delegates from Shenzhen, key figures of Shenzhen and Scottish creative industries as well as students from Confucius Institutes in Scotland.


The Mayor of Shenzhen, Mr. Xu Qin made a speech. He said co-operation between Shenzhen and Edinburgh grows rapidly in the area of culture and creative industries since the establishment of the Creative Industries Incubation Center. He extended warm congratulations on the Center for its positive outcomes. Mr. Xu spoke that Shenzhen is the first Chinese city with the title of "City of Design" recognized by the UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. It is a young, open, innovative and vigorous city. Edinburgh is a city with rich culture and booming creative industry. The two cities enjoy complementary advantages in bilateral collaboration at a good time. He hopes both sides take the opportunity to expand continued exchanges and co-operation in wider fields of education, health care, science and technology, etc.. 


Lord Provost Wilson warmly welcomed Mayor Xu Qin to Edinburgh. He appreciated the first international creative center of culture for Shenzhen was established in Edinburgh, laying solid foundation for deepening co-operation between the two cities. He will present awards to three creative companies from Shenzhen for their contributions in innovation, demonstrating the successful collaboration conducted by the Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Industries Incubation Center. In addition, two agreements of Memorandum of Understanding are going to be signed at this celebrations today. One is about the project of the establishment of the first Scottish International School in Shenzhen, which will enroll one thousand students each year. He said that Edinburgh City Council will offer great support and assistance to enterprises from Shenzhen for their development in Scotland and wished continuous success by the two cities in areas of communications, biological science and more in future. 

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