Leadership in Politics

World Canal Cities Expo & Mayors Forum Yangzhou, China*

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Third from left: Mr Guy Hallet (Representative of Yanghzou) . Fifth from left: Mr Jaak Gabriels (Mayor of Bree)

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Welcoming reception at the Yangzhou State Guesthouse with representatives of cities and organizations including:

  • Zhytomyr, Ukraine
  • Bree, Belgium
  • Hamont-Achel, Belgium
  • Maaseik, Belgium
  • Ismailia, Egypt
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Breda, Holland
  • Morristown, USA
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Offenbach am Main, Germany
  • UN-HABITAT
  • ICOMOS
  • The Wall Street Journal Europe Future Leadership Institute*, Belgium
  • Inland Waterways International
  • Italian Consulate General, Shanghai
  • Ministry of Water Conservancy and Irrigation, Egypt

Date: 25 September 2009
Media partner: The Future Leadership Institute*
(*Between 2007 and 2011 the Institute carried temporarily the name ‘The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute’)

Welcoming party:

  • Mr. Xie Zeng Yi, Acting Mayor of Yangzhou
  • Mr. Wang Rongping, Vice Secretary of CPC Yangzhou Municipal Committee
  • Ms. Sang Guangyu, Executive Vice Chairperson of Yangzhou Municipal People’s Congress
  • Mr. Wen Daicai, Vice Mayor of Yangzhou
  • Ms. Qian Xiao Ping, Vice Chairperson of CPPCC Yangzhou Municipal People’s Government
  • Ms. He Jinfa, Secretary-General of Yangzhou Municipal People’s Government
  • Ms. Deng Qing, Director of Yanzhou Foreign Affairs Office
  • Mr. Zuo Weimin, Deputy Director of Yangzhou Foreign Affairs Office

Lecture on The Future Leadership Institute, Youth and Media at the Yangzhou University by Gert Van Mol, V.I.P. Program Manager, The Wall Street Journal Europe

Mr. Van Mol was invited to give a lecture at the Yangzhou University by Mr. Deng Jie, Director of the School of Journalism and Communication, Yanghzou University.
Welcoming party included:
Zhang Hao, Lecturer, Yangzhou University School of Communication
Wenting Chen, Translator (New Zealand)
Zhao Lan, Deputy Chief, Yangzhou Municipal Foreign Affairs Office International Exchange Division

Vice Foreign Minister Lv Guozeng, PERMANENT MISSION OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN SWITZERLAND

Vice Foreign Minister Lv Guozeng, PERMANENT MISSION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN SWITZERLAND

On September 26, 2009, vice foreign minister Lv Guozeng attended the opening ceremony of the 3rd China Yangzhou World Canal Cities Exposition and Canal Cities Mayors’ Forum in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province.

Addressing the ceremony, Lv said that the Exposition has become a new channel of exchanges for mayors of canal cities at home and abroad, a new window for the world to understand China and a new arena for China’s foreign exchanges and cooperation at local level. The Exposition will further advance the friendly exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign canal cities and promote adequate protection and rational use of canals in the process of rapid economic and social progress in order to achieve harmonious development between people and nature, cities and canals. It will help continue and enhance the important role of canals in the human civilization.

The Exposition is co-hosted by the China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Yangzhou municipal government. The previous two expositions have been held successfully in 2007 and 2008. Mayors of over 20 canal cities from 10-plus countries and Chinese cities along the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal as well as representatives of international organizations such as UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization attended this year’s event.

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