The Mayor of Shanghai touched down in Cork yesterday, taking a trip to City Hall to meet the new Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald and a 13-person strong welcome delegation.
While there, Mr Ying Yong signed a Memorandum of Understanding - deepening the already close ties between Cork and Shanghai in the fields of local government, education, business, innovation, health, culture and tourism.
The Memorandum states that over the next five years, from 2017 to 2022, the twinned cities will continue their exchange programme for local government staff and visits to either city to examine local government issues.
It states that both cities will explore the potential of Cork as an investment location for Chinese business and will develop contacts between indigenous Cork-based companies and similar companies in China.
Both cities will also support their research institutes to undertake joint research and development and promote co-operation between start-ups, incubators and science parks.
In the education sector, closer ties will be developed between educational authorities so they can build better understanding and share information.
Teaching and research relationships will also be fostered as will exchange programmes between teachers and students in the higher education institutions.
Both local governments also pledged to explore “opportunity for work placement for undergraduate and postgraduate students in companies in both cities”.
“Since the Shanghai-Cork Sister City Agreement was signed in 2005, numerous productive activities have taken place between both cities including the Officials Exchange Programme which has been especially useful in building contacts with officials of the Shanghai Municipal and District Governments, thus ensuring the relationship between our two cities has deepened over the years," said Lord Mayor Cllr Fitzgerald.