Scottish minister sees Chinese market full of cooperation opportunities

Date : 2013-07-15  | From : Xinhua

Scottish Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf on Thursday expressed his satisfaction with the achievements of his recent trip to China and the cooperation opportunities in the Chinese market.

"This is my first time to China, and I'm impressed with the hospitality and the huge scale of the country. There are many achievements of this trip, which involves sectors of banking, culture, education, energy, life science and technology," Yousaf told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.

He mentioned a contract signed by a Scottish renewable energy consultancy to provide expert support for the development of an offshore wind farm in China's Guangdong Province, a partnership agreement between an online training company and one of China's online training providers, and an agreement on transferring Scotland's low carbon technology expertise to Hong Kong.

The deals are worth up to 2 million pounds (about 3 million U.S. dollars) over three years, and will result in the creation of 25 Scottish jobs, according to the Scottish minister.

He pledged that the Scottish government will do more to attract Chinese investment, noting that 2013 Ernst & Young Attractiveness Survey on foreign direct investment described Scotland's performance in attracting inward investment as "sparkling."

Scotland is also expecting to establish direct air links between Beijing and Edinburgh to bring more Chinese tourists and university students, he added.

Furthermore, Yousaf stressed the importance of cultural relationships, mentioning the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo as one of the symbols of the cultural links between the two sides.

Yousaf's trip to China on June 23-27 took him to Beijing, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.