Fortune 500 Boss Visits Liverpool Pavilion

July 27th, 2010

Image: Liverpool PavilionOne of the world’s most powerful business women has visited Liverpool’s pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai and found out all about the city’s world class business credentials.

Ms. Sun Yafang, Chairwoman of Huawei Technologies Company, regularly appears in the Fortune 500 as one of the top 50 women in business on the planet.

Huawei Technologies, with its European HQ in Basingstoke, is a leading provider of telecom solutions and is China’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, serving 45 of the top 50 global operators.

Ms Sun, who has held her position since 1999, spoke of her interest in visiting Liverpool having seen the business offer displayed in the Liverpool pavilion.

Oliver Hayakawa, director of the Liverpool Shanghai Partnership, said: “Ms Sun seemed to be genuinely interested in Liverpool and it was a delight to show her the pavilion. It is fantastic to engage with such high value and powerful individuals who have now gone away knowing so much more about the opportunities in Liverpool.

“These are exactly the sort of people that we want to enthuse about the city and to consider us in the future for investment and business. The word has got around that Liverpool is not just exciting and fun, but also a city that is serious about doing business with a fantastic offer.”

Her visit is just one of several recent high profile visits from Chinese business leaders and politicians.

Mr Sun Xue Yu, Head of the Training and Education Department for the Organisation Department of the CPC Central Committee led a delegation of 20 government officials from across the country on a study tour of Expo.

His delegation was given a briefing on Liverpool’s heritage regeneration excellence before learning about Liverpool as a business and education destination from the interactive touch screen films.

Pavilion staff also welcomed a delegation from Hangzhou led by Mr Wang Guo Ping, former Party Secretary of Hangzhou and the current Head of the Hangzhou Standing Committee of the NPC.

The Liverpool Pavilion at World Expo has welcomed a series of visits from high profile Chinese politicians and business leaders who have been seeking information on the city, including the head of one of the largest Chinese investors in the UK.

And On behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Richard Pascoe, Director of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University organised a Chevening Young Chinese Leaders Training Programme for Summer 2010 for the All China Youth Federation.

As part of the programme the 20 Chevening fellows, highly successful professionals from across China, visited Liverpool Pavilion ahead of an 11-week trip to the UK.

As of July 20, the Liverpool Pavilion has received now received more than 300,000 visitors.

Liverpool’s presence at World Expo 2010 is being led by Liverpool Vision in partnership with the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), Liverpool City Council, and the Liverpool Shanghai Partnership.

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