South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth has been appointed as the Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on China.
The local MSP took over the role at their recent AGM In the Scottish Parliament. The Group, made up of MSPs from across Parliament, as well as individuals and organisations from across Scotland including Dumfries and Galloway College, the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) and the Universities of Glasgow and West of Scotland who all have campuses in Dumfries and Galloway.
The Cross Party Group aims to promote relations between Scotland and China, not only in recognition of the crucial importance of China as an economic power, but also of the role of China as a cultural force. The Group seeks to work with organisations and authorities to increase cultural, educational and economic exchange between the two countries, to develop a dialogue with the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh, and to engage with the Chinese community across Scotland.
South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said, “It’s a privilege to take on this role with the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on China. Asia is a part of the world I have a particular interest in. The cultural and economic links between Scotland and China go back centuries but are as important today as they have ever been, from the academic links with our local colleges and universities to the work of the chamber of commerce who are building those key business opportunities in Asia for local firms. As we celebrate the Chinese New Year it’s also important to remember that there is a sizeable Chinese community across Scotland including here in Dumfries and Galloway who have made this country their home, adding enormously to the cultural diversity we enjoy.”