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SLDC and partners sign friendship charter with Chinese council

18 November 2016

A ‘friendship charter’ to encourage close relations between Kendal and the Chinese district of Nanshan was signed last night (Thursday).

Representatives from Nanshan Council of Shenzhen, Kendal Town Council, Kendal Mountain Festival and the Lake District National Park signed the agreement at a dinner hosted by the mayor of Kendal, Councillor Stephen Coleman.

The dinner took place at Castle Green Hotel in Kendal and was funded by the Cumbria Local Enterprises Partnership.

The principal aims of the friendship charter are to promote cross-cultural trade, tourism and educational development between the two areas.

Officials from Nanshan are visiting the area due to Kendal Mountain Festival’s existing partnership with the region, which has its own international mountain film festival.

It is hoped that the relationship between Nanshan and Kendal can promote cultural understanding, respect, global education and increased economic growth for both areas.

Councillor Chris Hogg, our portfolio holder for Culture and Wellbeing, said: “I'm pleased to be able to welcome our friends from China.

“Nanshan is a remarkable place and I'm sure we can both offer a great deal to one another in terms of culture, tourism, education and technology. I found the visit to Nanshan very productive and would like to thank Kendal Mountain Festival for instigating this exciting new relationship.’’

Nanshan is one of six districts which forms Shenzhen – a major financial centre and one of China’s special economic zones.

Our Economy portfolio holder, Councillor Graham Vincent, added: “I look forward to promoting the cultural inspiration that comes from living in our respective areas.

“Signing this agreement will encourage closer relations that enhance culture, the economy and education in both regions.”