On Friday 29th March 2019, a significant event was hosted by the CEDP at the BMECP centre in Brighton. The event saw numerous contributions from the Confucius institute headquarters that has had considerable experience in conducting projects related to China. Contributions included a brand new TV promotion set which has been donated to the CEDP Chinese centre based in the Black and Minority Ethic Partnership (BMEC) Centre. The mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councilor Dee Simson attended, the opening launch alongside the CEDP Chinese Centre chairman Dr. Hong Lu OBE, BMECP Chairman Chandrakant Mehta and trustee Farah Mohebati. Several project leaders also joined the opening ceremony followed by a bring a dish dinner party for local community led by Adam. At the event, Councilor Simson said “it is amazing to see the support from China and I did meet the visiting group from China. We hope to have more opportunities to work together for travel, tourism and business development”.
The Chairman of CEDP Chinese centre said “we will do our best to provide a bigger platform for language and culture training and support the culture visit and business opportunities for people from both China and the UK”.
Tom Harper, a PhD candidate specializing in China’s international relations, has been working for CEDP as a volunteer for a long time. He had previously studied in Xian, but has never been to Shandong and Confucius’s hometown. After watching the promotional video, he hopes to visit there in the near future once he has completed his studies.
The chairman of BMECP said “it is good to have the promotional machine here in the BMECP and Chinese centre for the general public so that they know what kind of services that BMECP and CEDP provide for local communities and any forthcoming events run by council and organizations locally. The information from Confucius hometown provides interesting information to help people understand China but also helps Chinese community to understand the services provided by the city council and BMECP”.
We appreciate the contribution from China and hope to have many more opportunities to implement further business development with China.