Lord Mayor says formal farewell to Chinese Consul General
10 Dec 2018
Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, said the city was losing a valued friend as the outgoing Chinese Consul General, Madame Wang Shuying, attended a formal farewell event at Belfast City Hall.
Madame Wang, who has been Consul General in Belfast for four years is taking up a new position but will be much missed for her supportive work in boosting relations between Belfast and China said Councillor Hargey. One of her last duties in the city was to present the Lord Mayor with the Chinese National Sister Cities Partnership award for excellence in Sister City collaboration.
“It was during her tenure in office that Belfast signed its Sister City Agreement with Shenyang and just last month the success of that relationship was reflected with our winning the highly acclaimed Chinese National Sister Cities Partnership award for excellence in Sister City collaboration in Wuhan City,” said the Lord Mayor.
“Madame Wang has worked tirelessly to support our initiatives with Shenyang in business, education, tourism and civic developments. She, together with Tim Losty from the Northern Ireland Bureau in China has been instrumental in helping us build relationships in China and on behalf of the city I want to personally thank her for her hard work – it is most appreciated.
“China is the powerhouse of Asia and as we move forward with our Belfast Agenda, seeking investment and creating more opportunities for our people, the relationship with it and our Sister City, Shenyang, is already and will prove even more valuable in the future.
“Madame Wang has laid the groundwork for us and Belfast looks forward to cultivating and building on that with a similarly strong relationship when the new Consul General comes into office, but in the meantime we wish you, Madame Wang, every success in your new role and many happy memories of your time in Belfast,” added the Lord Mayor.
The Lord Mayor presented Madame Wang with a gift of crystal to remind her of her time in Belfast during the farewell in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at the weekend.