Beijing Mayor begins official visit to Dublin

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Dublin’s Lord Mayor Andrew Montague and the Mayor of Beijing Guo Jinlong will sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the cities of Dublin and Beijing at a reception in the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street on Friday 9th September at 11.20am.

The signing is the highlight of a three-day official visit by Mayor Guo to Dublin – the first such visit to Dublin by a Beijing Mayor. Dublin City Council will officially host Mayor Guo during his visit. The signing of the Memorandum will give practical effect to the twinning of Dublin and Beijing which took place in Beijing on 2nd June this year.

Lord Mayor Montague says “The signing of this Memorandum is very important in that it will allow our two cities to benefit from their twinning. It will make it far easier for Beijing students to come to Dublin and study and this will enhance our position as an international student city. It will make Dublin more attractive to investment from Chinese companies. We have a  well-established Chinese community in Dublin and this confirms how much we value their contribution.

Beijing is also famous for its bicycles and as a cycling enthusiast I look forward to showing Mayor Guo the dublinbikes scheme. This is just one example of how our cities can come together and share knowledge that will improve the quality of life our people enjoy.”

The Beijing Mayor and his delegation will meet the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste during the Visit, reflecting national government support for the Twinning of the two capitals. These meetings emphasis the growth of economic, political and cultural ties between Ireland and China. The Mayor will speak to a gathering of over 200 Irish Business and Education leaders interested in doing business in China and Asia. This business event in the National Convention Centre will also be attended by 12 business leaders in the delegation.

The Mayor will also give Dublin a boost as a tourist destination with Chinese speakers throughout the world. The Mayor will visit Wicklow, Newgrange and the Guinness Storehouse. The visit is being documented by Hong Kong – based Phoenix TV and will be broadcast as news features and a short documentary on Dublin.  During the visit the Dublin Airport Authority will present the case for Dublin being a Hub airport into Europe and America for Chinese Airlines. Direct flights between Dublin and Beijing would enhance trade and tourism. The Beijing Mayor will also visit the Confucius Institute in UCD where he will be presented by the Minister for Education with a special commemorative medal to celebrate the fifth birthday of this institute that promotes Chinese Culture and Language.

The Mayor and his delegation leave on Sunday for Barcelona which is twinned with both Beijing and Dublin.