While Thanet is sending a delegation to China later next week for further talks leading towards potential development on the Manston Business Park, Tony Blair, remember him, has come under fire in the Chinese media for charging approximately £200,000 for a single speech - and reportedly not a good one at that in the industrial city of Dongguan.
With perhaps a more productive purpose in mind - possibly up to 1,000 jobs over time - and with the entire cost of the visit being met by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Thanet delegation, which departs on November 18th, includes Leader of the Council, Sandy Ezekiel, Deputy Leader Roger Latchford, Chief Executive Richard Samuel, and Corporate Director, John Bunnett. They will be meeting with Chinamex, the government agency responsible for Chinese companies setting up in the West, as well as meeting company Chairman Heng Fao.
In May, the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) signed an agreement with the China-Europe Association for Technical and Economic Co-operation (CEATAC) for the establishment of a Sino-UK Economic and Trade Interactive Platform to facilitate growth of business between to the two countries.
In September , Thanet District Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Baotou City to establish a research and development, manufacturing and distribution centre in Thanet. The Memorandum was signed jointly by Vice Mayor Wang Bo and Cllr Ezekiel.