On 3rd December, the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK) and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal jointly launched the “UK-China Charity Initiative”. With the theme of “UK-China Charity, Building Harmony Together”, the initiative will be operated by both the CCCUK and Lord Mayor’s Appeal, working together on a series of charitable events to contributing to local communities both in the UK and China.
The launch took place at the home of the Lord Mayor, through a formal dinner at the Mansion House. This first fundraising event under the new initiative was attended by H.E. LIU Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK and his wife Madam Hu Pinghua, Alderman Peter Estlin, The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lady Mayoress Lindy Estlin, Madam BAO Ling, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, Mr. GENG Jinhai, Chairman of the CCCUK, and Mr John Mclean OBE, Head of China-UK relations for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Representatives from ten Chinese enterprises in the UK including Bank of China London Branch, China Telecom (Europe) Limited, China Taiping Insurance (UK) Co., Ltd., Industrial and Commercial Bank of China London Branch, China Construction Bank London Branch, GF Financial Markets (UK) Limited, ABP (London) Investment Ltd., Huawei Technologies (UK) Co., Ltd. , BYD (U.K.) Co., Ltd. were also among the attendees.
H.E. Ambassador LIU Xiaoming delivering a keynote speech
H.E Ambassador LIU Xiaoming delivered a keynote speech “Build the Bridge of Open Cooperation for All” at the dinner. He firstly congratulated the launch of “UK-China Charity” initiative, jointly formed by the CCCUK and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. He hoped and believed that this initiative will build three “bridges” between China and the UK. First, He hoped it will build a bridge of love to promote charities, to enhance the China-UK cooperation on public welfare and charities and to facilitate the development of charity work in both countries. Second, he hoped it will build a bridge of responsibility for upgrading China-UK Cooperation, to encourage Chinese businesses in the UK to fulfil their corporate responsibilities, to serve the people of two countries, to strengthen the ties between Chinese companies and the City of London and to boost China-UK trade and economic cooperation. Third, Ambassador LIU Xiaoming hoped the initiative will build a bridge to the bright future of open cooperation, to advocate openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation and to further contribute to a brighter future of open world economy. He finally wished the “UK-China Charity” initiative success and hoped it will spread love, light up hope and contribute to the China-UK “Golden Era”.
Lord Mayor Alderman Peter Estlin delivering a keynote speech
Lord Mayor Alderman Peter Estlin, co-chair of the “UK-China Charity Initiative” delivered a keynote speech. As the 691st Lord Mayor, not only does he promote innovation and technology, but also address social issues. He explained that China would play an important role in his tenure due to vast amount of trade links. As Britain leaves the EU, it aims to build a “global Britain” and a new global network of trade relations. To help develop City ties with China, he will be leading a delegation next March to China to further trade and bilateral relationship specifically on Green Finance, Fintech and asset management. He also emphasized that as Co-Chairman of the Charity initiative , he will continue to follow the progress of the school to promote the development of “UK-China Charity Initiative”, encouraging more people and businesses to join and enhance the cooperation between the two countries.
CCCUK Chairman GENG Jinhai delivering opening speech
Mr. GENG Jinhai, Chairman of the CCCUK and co-chair of the “UK-China Charity Initiative” said in his speech that the CCCUK has been committed to serving Chinese enterprises and has continuously strengthened exchanges and cooperation between British and Chinese companies and local communities. With the acceleration of the “Golden Era” of China-UK relations, the cooperation between the CCCUK and the City of London has embarked on a new journey. He emphasised that the “UK-China Charity Initiative” will condense the resources and strength of both China and the UK, and effectively support charity work in both countries. It is the best interpretation and embodiment of the Chinese saying that “charity has no borders”. Finally, he hopes that the CCCUK will take this opportunity to deepen exchanges and cooperation with local communities, contributing more to charity work and strengthening China-UK relations.
Mr John Mclean OBE, Head of China-UK relations for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, CEO of the “UK-China Charity Initiative” gave a detailed introduction to the initiative. Mr Mclean said that the funds raised through the “UK-China Charity Initiative” will support both The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the CCCUK’s charity projects in China and the UK. He also introduced the first project of the “UK-China Charity Initiative” is the construction of a multi-media room for a rural School in Shaanxi Province, China. Upon completion, the room will enable the students a place to host events, video conferences as well as other educational activities. Going forward, both sides will work closely on more charity projects in China and the UK.
Memorandum Signing Ceremony
Witnessed by Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK and Alderman Peter Estlin, Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Mr. GENG Jinhai, Chairman of the CCCUK, and Mr John Mclean OBE, Head of China-UK relations for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
Group Photo of “UK-China Charity Initiative” Launch Dinner
Representatives from both sides hope more and more companies will participate in charitable activities in the future through the “UK-China Charity Initiative”, contributing to a more harmonious world for people in China and the UK.
英国中国商会与伦敦金融城共同发起“中英公益”倡议，并于2018年12月3日在金融城市长官邸举行倡议启动晚宴。中国驻英国大使刘晓明夫妇、伦敦金融城市长 Alderman Peter Estlin夫妇、中国驻英国大使馆经商处公使衔参赞包玲、英国中国商会会长、中国太平保险（英国）有限公司董事总经理耿金海、“伦敦金融城市长倡议”（Lord Mayor’s Appeal）中国组负责人 John McLean OBE以及来自中国银行伦敦分行、中国电信（欧洲）有限公司、中国太平保险（英国）有限公司、中国工商银行伦敦分行、中国建设银行伦敦分行、广发金融交易（英国）有限公司、英国金属矿产有限公司、总部基地（伦敦）投资有限公司、华为英国和爱尔兰、比亚迪（英国）有限公司的10位大型在英中企负责人出席晚宴。
中英公益”倡议联席主席、伦敦金融城市长 Alderman Peter Estlin发表主题演讲
中英公益”倡议联席主席、伦敦金融城市长 Alderman Peter Estlin在发言中提到，作为伦敦金融城第691届市长，他的职责不仅是积极推动创新和科技的发展，同时也将着力解决社会及公益相关的问题。他感谢英国中国商会联合创立“中英公益”倡议，以及在英中资企业对慈善事业的积极参与。他强调，目前英国正在致力于打造“全球英国”，中英两国建立良好的互利合作关系尤为重要。为增进伦敦金融城与中国的交流与联系，他将于2019年3月率团访问中国，进一步巩固和加强两国在绿色金融、金融科技及资产管理等方面的合作。他表示2018年12月3日为中英“黄金时代”书写了浓墨重彩的一笔，期待未来有更多的中英企业和个人加入慈善事业，促进中英两国的合作和发展。
中英公益”倡议首席执行官、“伦敦金融城市长倡议”中国组负责人John McLeanMcLean OBE介绍倡议内容
中英公益”倡议首席执行官、“伦敦金融城市长倡议”中国组负责人John McLean OBE在倡议启动仪式上详细介绍了倡议的主要内容及运作模式。他提到，“中英公益”倡议将由英国中国商会与“伦敦金融城市长倡议”合作管理和运营，募集款项的一半将用于英方公益项目，主要涵盖“伦敦金融城市长倡议”下的相关项目，如儿童心理健康、青年扶贫及自我伤害预防等。另一半善款将用于中方公益项目，如中国贫困地区教育设施资助等。他介绍到，“中英公益”倡议的第一个合作项目是资助中国陕西省咸阳长武县枣园镇九年制学校，帮助该校建设多功能厅，用于学术报告、集中培训及文艺演出等，今后将与伦敦金融城相关教育机构开展远程视频教学和交流，帮助学生拓展国际视野。双方今后将通力合作，持续助力更多中英两国慈善项目。
英国中国商会会长耿金海与“伦敦金融城市长倡议”中国组负责人John McLean OBE签署合作备忘录
在刘晓明大使和Alderman Peter Estlin市长的见证下，英国中国商会会长耿金海与“伦敦金融城市长倡议”中国组负责人John McLean OBE签署合作备忘录。