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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council was delighted to recently host two Chinese delegations from the Ministry of Commerce, China and a group of postgraduate medical students from the Second Hospital of Jilin University.

This is the second time the Council has hosted Chinese guests since it signed an Executive Programme of Friendly Exchanges Agreement with Changchun city in October 2018. Changchun is the largest city in Jilin province.

Council Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Oksana McMahon, with Southern Trust, Chief Executive, Mr Shane Devlin welcomes to Daisy Hill Hospital a delegation of Post Graduate Medical students and staff from The Second Hospital of Jilin University, China.
Council Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Oksana McMahon, with Southern Trust, Chief Executive, Mr Shane Devlin welcomes to Daisy Hill Hospital a delegation of Post Graduate Medical students and staff from The Second Hospital of Jilin University, China.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin and President of Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade, Mr Colm Shannon welcomed the delegation from the Ministry of Commerce at Council offices in Newry.  During their visit the senior officials discussed trade, the Council’s position on the border and the political impact of Brexit on local businesses and residents.

The Chinese medical students from the Second Hospital of Jilin University were on a seven day study tour in Northern Ireland, during which time they undertook some medical study at the University of Ulster. As part of their trip, the Council facilitated a visit to Daisy Hill Hospital where they met hospital directors and representatives from the Human Resources department. The students then met with Dr Patrick Lynch, Global Launch Excellence Manager at Norbrook Laboratories, who provided an overview of the company’s development across the pharmaceutical sector.

Following the visits, Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “I am delighted to welcome both the Chinese officials and the Jilin University medical students to our district.  These visits further enhance our existing relationship with China and they demonstrate how we all can work together to develop meaningful and lasting benefits for us all.”

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