Lyon’s international relations: the economy of the Métropole de Lyon showcased in China in June 2015

6 July 2015

On the occasion of this fourth visit to China, Gérard Collomb, President of the Métropole de Lyon, and six of his deputies and vice-presidents have arranged 15 meetings with Chinese businesses which are interested in Lyon.

The university gets a boost

The higher education sector also took advantage of this trip, with the signature of seven university agreements, including a framework agreement between the University of Lyon and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

With these agreements, Lyon reinforces its position as second french university center and strengthens its place in the Top 10 of best European universities.

ONLYLYON signs up for two highlight events

ONLYLYON, an action aiming to further Lyon’s renown on the international scene, continued its promotional work with in particular the signature of two highlight events to come in China:

  • "Lumière China", in Shanghai (December 2015);
  • and a second in Hong Kong (October 2016).

Inter-company meetings

Many Lyon businesses representing the French Tech sector joined the trip. They took the opportunity to go to Shenzhen, in China’s Silicone Valley, to observe how their counterparts are developing.

Testifying to its enormous potential as a location for businesses and its capacity to support them, the Métropole de Lyon is set to welcome in return a visit from Chinese companies very interested in moving to the area.

Three business forums and a networking evening also provided opportunities to meet around a hundred Chinese businesses.

The silk in perspective

In a final interview between Gérard Collomb and the Chinese Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economy, Ma Kai, the latter confirmed his country’s interest in Lyon as a key stage on the Silk Roads. Indeed, Chinese diplomacy aims to revive this old network of commercial routes. In this context, China has identified Lyon as a European city in which it needs to invest.

Further proof, if it were needed, of the reputation of the Métropole de Lyon in Europe and beyond, with 34 partnerships already in place.