The Mayor of Shenzhen visits Edinburgh Creative Exchange
Creative business links between China and Edinburgh were strengthened last week during a visit by Shenzhen Mayor Mr XU Qin.
XU Qin’s mayoral visit marked the one-year anniversary of the Shenzhen Creative Industries Project at Edinburgh’s Creative Exchange, which is designed to enhance investment, growth and new market opportunities in both cities.
The Mayor was given a tour of the Creative Exchange incubator space before visiting Creative Scotland at Waverley Gate, where he was welcomed by Confucius School pupils from Leith Academy.
His visit marked new partnerships between Informatics Ventures at the University of Edinburgh and the Shenzhen Creative Investment Group, which promotes collaboration in the Edinburgh and Shenzhen tech sectors.
Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, said: “Welcoming Mayor XU Qin has provided an excellent opportunity for us to showcase all that the Scottish Capital has to offer and to enhance business and cultural relations with Shenzhen.
“The visit marks the first anniversary of the Creative Exchange Incubator space which is already supporting local companies and Chinese businesses looking to expand in Edinburgh.”
The Mayor was also met by Councillor Gavin Barrie, Convener of the Economy Committee. Cllr Barrie added: “Shenzhen is home to many of the same sectors as Edinburgh and the cities have great potential in the creative, design and technology industries.
“The Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Exchange is based on encouraging and supporting investment and opportunities for both cities and is already shaping into a promising partnership. The city’s new venture with the University of Edinburgh will further strengthen our links to Shenzhen and showcase Edinburgh tech companies in China.”
According to the City of Edinburgh Council, the visit has allowed the Mayor to meet with companies working in the creative and technology sectors, including firms which have been exploring business opportunities in Shenzhen, and will help to promote Edinburgh as an international creative centre and support interest in the growth of local businesses into Chinese markets.