01 Nov 2017 Chinese delegates find out more about ARCH partnership & Swansea Bay City Region city deal
A vision of the region’s future was shared with key Chinese decision-makers during their visit to Swansea. The visit was part of Swansea Council’s meetings to help attract major international investment to the city from the Far East.
The visitors from Nantong were invited to Swansea University’s School of Management to hear more about the ethos of the ARCH partnership and were also very interested in ARCH projects such as the health campus development at Morriston and Singleton hospitals, the plans for health and wellness centres across the region and also Llanelli Wellness & Life Science Village in Carmarthenshire.
Steve Poole, Head of Commercial Innovation & Business Development at the School of Management welcomed the visitors. He said: “The delegates were made up of government and life science experts. They were impressed with the philosophy of the ARCH partnership and wanted to find out more about how three big organisations are able to collaborate for the greater good.
“They were particularly interested in fusion of health and science to help boost the region’s economy and how we are building on the success of Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science (ILS) through innovation projects such as AgorIP - which is based at the School of Management.”
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, also visited the Chinese cities of Beijing and Wuhan for a series of meetings with high-level Chinese officials. Cllr Stewart shared a conceptual fly-through video with audiences from the Chinese governmental and business sectors as part of in-depth presentations about Swansea's forthcoming regeneration. The fly-though video includes planned Swansea City Deal projects like the digital indoor arena and Kingsway's transformation into an employment district.
Swansea University’s School of Management will be opening a Centre for Regional Innovation at Swansea’s Civic Centre which which will allow the School to grow their academic excellence outside of their Bay Campus home.
Mr Poole added: “The Centre for Regional Innovation will put us right in the heart of the city centre and close to Swansea Council’s digital district and digital indoor arena. The University, through the City Deal and the ARCH partnership, is committed to helping this region establish itself as a leader in innovation, testing new concepts and then being able to commercialise them for a global market.”
Cllr Stewart added: "Post-Brexit, it's important Swansea stays ahead of the curve to develop fruitful economic, trade and business partnerships with major Chinese cities because China is fast becoming the world's premier economic superpower.
"By showing key decision-makers in China the exciting future Swansea has in store, it will help attract Chinese investment because major companies there will want to be part of an unfolding regeneration story that also includes the £1.3bn City Deal. Their potential investment is important because it will lead to even more jobs and opportunities for Swansea people, helping improve standards of living here.
"With a sister city relationship already in place with Nantong, we're keen for our friendship agreement with Wuhan to be elevated to that status, too. This would lead to an even stronger partnership with Wuhan that can only benefit Swansea in coming years."
Cllr Philip Downing, Lord Mayor of Swansea, also visited Nantong to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Swansea's sister relationship with the city.