Cardiff Metropolitan University hosted a China roundtable event, in association with South Wales Chamber and the China-Britain Business Council, on 5th February, for Her Majesty's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Ms Barbara Janet Woodward CMG OBE.
Ms Barbara Janet Woodward CMG OBE has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China in succession to Sir Sebastian Wood KCMG. During her visit to Cardiff Met, she met with Welsh businesses and led the China roundtable event hosted at Cardiff Met University.
The Ambassador Barbara Woodward, Her Majesty's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China commented on the round table: 'I would like to thank Cardiff Metropolitan University for hosting the business round table event, which provided more insight in to the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China and the opportunities that some SMEs are seizing. It was a fascinating insight into Cardiff Met's international programme and in particular China's place within it. I look forward to continuing our work together to support future cooperation.'
The roundtable consisted of businesses across Wales that have an interest in China. Businesses were contacted through the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), and University representatives from Cardiff Met, including the Vice Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, and Pro Vice Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi were also included.
The roundtable event allowed Welsh companies to share their present engagement with China with the Ambassador. It offered an opportunity for businesses to gain more knowledge about the market and what they need to know in order to progress with their plans in China .
Professor Antony Chapman, Vice Chancellor, welcomed the Ambassador to Cardiff Met: 'Cardiff Met was delighted to host such an event, which attracted many Welsh businesses. It provided a chance for Welsh business and University staff, with connections in China, to discuss any ideas and issues they have directly with the new Ambassador.'
Elgan Morgan, International & Representation Manager at the South Wales Chamber of Commerce said: "China is an important market for Welsh businesses and the South Wales Chamber of Commerce works hard to assist companies exporting to China. We were pleased to be involved with this event to give Welsh business people the opportunity to raise issues of concern directly with the Ambassador as she takes up her new post."