会议由爱尔兰中国科学技术交流协会会长陈文主持。爱尔兰科克市市长、市议员Deirdre Forde 女士为活动作视频致辞。上海市人民政府外事办公室二级巡视员与欧非处处长李春平现场致辞。
To enhance cooperation and exchanges between Cork, Ireland, and Shanghai in the fields of economy, trade, and technology, the Shanghai Foreign Investment Promotion Center and the Ireland China Science and Technology Association jointly organized the “2023 Shanghai-Cork economic & technology exchange conference” on the afternoon of May 25th. The event received strong support from the Cork City Government and the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office and featured specialized presentations from representatives such as the China International Import Expo Bureau, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization Shanghai Investment Promotion Center, and Irish company WrxFlo.
The event attracted nearly 50 attendees, including representatives from the Irish Trade and Technology Bureau, the Shanghai-Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the Shanghai New Materials Association, the Shanghai Pudong Software Park, and Fosun International. Director Xue Feng, Deputy Director Sun Fang, Chief Representative Dong Tao from the Frankfurt Office, and Chief Representative Lu Jian from the London Office of the Shanghai Foreign Investment Promotion Center were also in attendance. During the event, connections were made regarding projects such as the search for Chinese partners for the Irish Science Foundation for Energy, Climate, and Marine Research and the location selection in Shanghai for Irish company Shamrock Green Tech Limited.
The conference was presided over by Chen Wen, the President of the Ireland China Science and Technology Association. Deirdre Forde, the Mayor of Cork City Council, delivered a video speech for the event. Li Chunping, the Second-level Inspector of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government Foreign Affairs Office, and Director of the Europe and Africa Division, delivered speeches at the scene.
In his speech and keynote address, Xue Feng expressed his welcome and gratitude to the Ireland China Science and Technology Association for leading the Irish delegation’s visit to Shanghai after the pandemic. He provided a comprehensive introduction to the unique charm and development prospects of Shanghai from various perspectives and emphasized the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two cities in the fields of information and communication technology, life sciences and health, and cultural creativity. Xue Feng stated that Shanghai and Cork are friendly cities, and he welcomes Irish and Cork companies to invest and establish businesses in Shanghai while also providing assistance and support to local companies seeking investments in Ireland.
During the promotional session, Seamus Coghlan, the representative of the Cork City Government’s Development and Reform Commission, introduced the new round of (2022-2028) urban development plans launched by Cork City. He emphasized that Cork City will accelerate economic, cultural, and technological development, increase the introduction of domestic and foreign talents, and create 35,000 new job positions. In the future, the “Cork 2040 Vision” aims to develop Cork City into an emerging international-scale city.
During the conference, the center renewed the memorandum of cooperation with the Ireland China Science and Technology Association. Both parties will further strengthen cooperation in areas such as information and communication technology, smart environmental protection and energy conservation, life sciences and health, intelligent security, and creative education. They will also utilize international platforms such as the “China International Import Expo” to deepen mutual exchanges.