The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt has praised Surrey County Council’s work in building trade and cultural links with China.
The Cabinet Minster made the comments on Friday evening <OCT 14> during the official opening of an art exhibition at the Lightbox in Woking which features 300 pieces from the acclaimed Zibo Ceramics Museum in northern China.
Mr Hunt said: “Everyone says you do business in China when you can develop a relationship of trust and I think this (the exhibition) helps to do this.”
Coinciding with the start of the exhibition has been a visit by a Chinese delegation of business leaders from Zibo City who are seeking to develop trade opportunities with Surrey.
This included a business and ceramics seminar at the Lightbox, on Monday <OCT 17> which was organised by Surrey Economic Partnership and Surrey County Council.
David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “The exhibition provides a strong setting to discuss business and trade links between Surrey and Zibo. We’re living in tough times so it’s imperative we take every opportunity to support the economy.”
Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “A strong relationship with China could lead to enormous economic benefits for Surrey. Zibo City is one of the fastest growing economies in China. The exhibition is not only a chance to see some unique art but also a way of opening up lucrative opportunities for Surrey businesses.”
The exhibition is titled From the Realm of the Dragon: The Ceramic Heritage of Zibo, China. It will run until December 11, 2011.
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