Executive Director Guy Djoken joins Maryland's Secretary of State

Executive Director Guy Djoken joins Maryland’s Secretary of State

Mr. John P. McDonough in welcoming the Chinese Industrial Cluster and Industrial Base Training Delegation in Maryland

Frederick, MD –  On December 21th, 2012, Mr. Guy Djoken, Chairman of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations Working Group and Executive Director of UNESCO Center for Peace,  joined Mr. John P. McDonough and other Maryland State senior officials in Annapolis, Maryland to welcome a Chinese team from the Zhejiang Province in China called the Industrial Cluster and Industrial Base Training Delegation .

The 12 members’ Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Zhou Jiang, Division Chief of the Zhejiang Provincial Commission of Economy and Information Technology and included other Zhejiang Provincial senior officials. They arrived in the U.S. on December 2nd, 2012 and enrolled in a two-week leadership training courses at the City University of Seattle, Washington before making the trip to visit Annapolis and learn more about Maryland.
During his welcome remarks, Secretary McDonough thanked Maryland Senator Ron Young from Frederick for facilitating the meeting before making the case about Maryland strategic strength for potential investors.

  • Maryland’s K-12 public school system ranks first in the Nation for the fourth year in a row.
  • Maryland is home to 15 higher education institutions designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance education and research, more than any other state in the nation.
  • Maryland is one of only eight states with a “triple triple” general obligation bond rating from the three major bond rating houses—Maryland has the longest running Triple-A rating with a “stable” outlook from Standard & Poor’s, dating back to 1961.
  • Maryland is ranked eighth among America’s “Best Places to Live” in the CNN/Money magazine 2012 ranking of small cities.

Secretary McDonough also shared his September 2010 visit to Anhui Province China on the 30th anniversary of the Sister State partnership between Anhui Province in China and Maryland. During that trip, Secretary was accompanied by the business and trade mission representatives from 20 small and medium size Maryland companies.
Mr. Zhou Jiang expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to Secretary McDonough, Dr. Rajan Natarajan, Deputy Secretary of State, Kimberly Seifert, Chief of Staff of Senator Ronald N. Young and Mr. Guy Djoken, UNESCO Center for peace Executive Director for hosting the Chinese Industrial Cluster and Industrial Base Training Delegation in Maryland. He also made the case   for a stronger partnership between Zhejiang Province and Maryland before inviting Secretary McDonough to lead a team to visit Zhejiang Province in the near future. “Honorable Secretary” he said “We are waiting for you and your team in Hangzhou to take this to the next level”.
Mr. He Li, CEO of the Hangzhou Era Institute and partner of UNESCO Center for Peace who organized the trip expressed his satisfaction after the luncheon held in their honor:  “I am very thankful to Secretary McDonough, Dr. Rajan Natarajan, Kimberly Seifert, Chief of Staff of Senator Ronald N. Young and Mr. Guy Djoken for taking the time to meet with us. This has been a very informative meeting and we look forward to a mutually beneficial collaboration between our province and Maryland in the years to come. I reiterate the invitation made by Chief Zhou Jiang for you to visit Zhejiang province and stand ready to do whatever I can do to help make that happen sooner rather than later.”
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