David Kimelfeld, President of Lyon Metropole and the Mayor of Lyon, George Képénékian, led a large delegation on a trip to China from 1-10 May.
While numerous official missions to China were carried out by his predecessor, this was the first delegation led by Lyon Metropole’s new President, David Kimelfeld, and the city’s new Mayor Georges Képénékian. Their objective was to maintain the numerous political, economic, academic and cultural partnerships and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the partnership between Lyon and Guangzhou.
Press conference in Beijing
The official Lyon delegation held an initial press conference in Beijing at Yishu8 (formerly, the Franco-Chinese University). The press conference was followed by a promotional evening event attended by 150 decision-makers, Chinese partners of Lyon and ONLYLYON Ambassadors.
The economy was at the heart of this trip to China. The Aderly / Invest in Lyon and CCI Lyon Métropole Saint-Etienne Roanne teams organised an economics seminar, which included meetings with several major Cantonese companies, especially the giant WeChat and the innovative EHANG, which specialises in drone technology.
In front of Wechat
The delegation went to the Biomérieux Campus in Shanghai, one of Lyon’s international and global flagships, emblematic of its excellence in life sciences.
Alain Mérieux welcomed the delegation and a new cooperation agreement was signed between HCL (Lyon’s University Hospital) and the Shanghai Health Authorities, which will enable Shanghai health professionals to specialise in Lyon.
On the Biomérieux Campus
In Shanghai, the delegation was received at the University of Tongji and received by its Vice President Jiang Bo. In the presence of the President of the University of Lyon, Khaled Bouabdallah, as well as the Director of INSA Lyon, Eric Maurincomme, the members of the delegation were able to discover the exhibition "When Lyon met China" implemented by the New Franco-Chinese Institute.
At the University of Tongji
The delegation visited the new Campus of the Asia Europe Business School (AEBS), which was co-founded in 2016 by EM Lyon and the East China Normal University (ECNU). Received by Bruno Bonnel and Bernard Belletante, the President, and the Director of EM Lyon, the delegation was able to exchange with the establishments’ students following a presentation of Lyon by David Kimelfeld.
On the Asia Europe Business School Campus
The delegation included some sixty elected officials, representatives from cultural or academic institutions, and also company directors. Among them were Alain Merieux, President of the Institut Mérieux, Jean Michel Aulas, President of Olympique Lyonnais and Olivier Ginon, President of GL Events.
Figures such as Khaled Bouabdallah, President the University of Lyon and Eric Maurincomme, Director of INSA (the National Institute of Applied Sciences) were also present.
Among the elected officials were Mme Karine Dognin-Sauze, Deputy Mayor of Lyon in charge of International Relations, and Vice-President of Lyon Metropole in charge of Smart Cities, Innovation and Digital Technology; Fouziya Bouzerda, Vice President of Lyon Metropole in charge of the Economy; Alain Galliano, Vice President of Lyon Metropole in charge of International Relations and Attractiveness, and Michel Le Faou, Vice-President of Lyon Metropole in charge of Urban Planning.
Finally, the delegation also included representatives from major cultural and healthcare institutions: Lyon’s Fine Arts Museum, ENSATT (National College for Dramatic Arts), CNSMD (National Conservatory of Music and Dance), and Hospices Civils de Lyon.