July 13, 2012 – The Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA CI) along with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission hosted a visiting nine-member delegation from Henan Province, China. The delegation was led by Zhao, Qing, the Director of Henan Council for the Promotion of International Trade for Foreign Economic Cooperation.
Governor Mike Beebe hosted the delegation for breakfast, where he extended a warm welcome to the delegation as well as discussing his trip to China this past April. He hopes that their visit will strengthen the relationship between Henan Province and Arkansas. During the breakfast, Dr. Zhuang, the Director of UCA CI, introduced the “Teach Chinese in Arkansas” project, a program that Governor Beebe is very proud of. The program will strengthen the connection between the State of Arkansas and China.
Dr. Zhuang was accompanied by Jingjing Li, the Deputy Director of UCA CI, Mark Hamer, the Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s projects in Asia and Cindy Huang, one of the Chinese language teachers working in Arkansas.
The delegation was then taken on a tour of various Little Rock buildings, including the Bil Clinton Presidential Library, the Arkansas Department of Biochemistry Certification Office, the North Little Rock Development Planning Office as well as other governmental buildings to learn how Arkansas’ economic development plan as well as economically feasible programs of cooperation. It was a very informative trip and the delegation hopes this will strengthen the relationship between the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the Confucius Institute and Henan Province, China.