From 9 – 15 November, a Utrecht Region economic delegation led by Vice Governor Robert Strijk visited its sister province in China: Province of Guangdong. The delegation consisted of 28 people from 12 companies, 2 educational organisations and the Utrecht Science Park foundation. The delegation visited Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.
The program consisted of a matchmaking session, a Lifesciences and Health Seminar, field and company visits and also a concert of young talents from Utrecht Region: violinist Merel Vercammen and piano player Dina Ivanova. Three MoU's have been signed, introductions were made into the networks in Guangdong, new business connections were established and existing ones strengthened as well as the relationship for over 20 years. The participants have enjoyed a red carpet entry into the huge market in China through Guangdong. A Guangdong TV broadcast of the economic mission was aired for 120 mln people in Guangdong.