Scotland's Trade and Investment Minister Visits China

Published on 2019-07-10

From 2 to 5 July, Trade and Investment Minister of Scotland Ivan McKee visited China to promote the growing economic, cultural and educational links between Scotland and China.

The Minister visited Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, conducting a series of high-level business and government meetings, as well as cultural engagements.  


A short overview of the Minister's visit in China:

Day OneMr McKee met with the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, the State Forestry and China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), and Hainan airlines. The Minister also launched VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 in China.

Day TwoMr McKee met with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China’s largest mobile transportation platform DiDi and the British Chambers of Commerce in China. The Minister also attended a Scotland Food and Drink Showcase and a business networking reception to reinforce Scotland’s commitment to growing Scotland's business and economic relationship with China.

Day Three and FourMr McKee participated in a Social Enterprise Academy roundtable and spoke at a low carbon innovation event with the UK/China Low Carbon College to promote Scotland’s low carbon credentials. He also met with the Office of the Mayor – Shanghai, Lingang, and a range of companies to promote Scottish-Chinese business collaboration – Peak Scientific, Weir Group, FOSUN and Broadex – as well as witnessing the signing of an agreement between Scottish company Sunamp and its Chinese partner Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co. In the evenings, the Minister hosted a business influencers dinner and a Scotland is Now Business Networking Reception.

Day FiveMr McKee hosted a breakfast meeting with GlobalScot Alan Hepburn, CEO of The Hepburn Group and Vice Chair of the British Chamber Shanghai, and then attended a Chinese Overseas Investment Network Roundtable. He also met with companies Ctrip – an existing Chinese investor in Scotland – and Modo – a Scottish technology company that has entered the China market at an early stage. The Minister also met with the Vice Mayor of Shanghai to talk about links between Scotland and Shanghai, particularly cultural relations.