Lethbridge will welcome a delegation from Anyang City, China on Thursday, June 16 for a two-day visit to foster closer economic, educational and cultural ties between our communities.
The five-member delegation, accompanied by an interpreter and guide, will meet Thursday morning with Mayor Chris Spearman and other City Council members as well as representatives from Economic Development Lethbridge, Lethbridge School District No. 51 and Holy Spirit Catholic School Division. Anyang delegates will include high ranking municipal and government officials as well as leaders of educational institutions.
"It's a pleasure to welcome the Anyang delegates to our city," says Mayor Spearman. "I'm pleased that they accepted our invitation to visit Lethbridge in the hope of continuing to foster our city-to-city relationship, to explore mutually beneficial opportunities to connect our export markets, foster education exchanges, develop tourism, and attract investment."
Following a meet-and-greet and luncheon at City Hall Thursday morning, the afternoon itinerary for the delegation includes touring several local schools in the public and separate school divisions as well as meeting with representatives from Lethbridge County and Palliser Regional Schools. On Friday, the delegation is to visit Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge and explore the Oldman river valley.
In 2005, delegations from Anyang and Lethbridge visited each other's communities and signed an agreement stating their mutual wish to enhance understanding and friendship between Chinese and Canadian people. The agreement established a friendship protocol which encourages exchanges and cooperation in various fields to promote common prosperity.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant