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Visit of an official delegation from Chongqing to Mannheim

A high-level delegation from Chongqing visited the City of Mannheim on 9 July 2018. The delegation, headed by the Director General of the Chongqing Development and Reform Commission (DRC) Mr XIONG Xue, discussed with Mannheim city authorities and stakeholders from the business community the implementation of two pilot projects. On the one side, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the City of Mannheim and the Yuxinou (Chongqing) Logistics co. for the implementation of a direct cargo railway connection between the both cities. Both sides discussed also about the implementation of bilateral representation offices to strengthen cooperation in other areas like advanced manufacturing and research.


Monday, 9 July

9.00 – 9.40                   Welcoming Reception by Mayor Dr Peter Kurz

Address: Rathaus E 5, (Glasfoyer 1. OG), 68159 Mannheim

Signing MoU on the direct railway connection Chongqing – Mannheim

By: Grace Zhang, Deputy General Manager Yuxinou and First Deputy Mayor Christian Specht

9:40                                 Leaving for family picture

9:45                                 Family picture in front of the City Hall

9:45                                 Transfer

10:00                              Visit of the start-up center for technology MAFINEX

Exchange on innovation and smart production – Tour and presentation by Sieer Angar – CEO Königsweg GmbH

Visit of „MM-Automation“  (Industrie 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing)

11:45                              Transfer to Restaurant

12.00 – 13.40              Lunch

13:45                             Transfer

14:00                            Visit of port facilities by boat together with First Deputy Mayor Christian Specht

15:00                              Meeting with high-level logistics stakeholders


  • Welcoming by Roland HÖRNER, Director Port Mannheim
  • Welcoming by First Deputy Mayor Christian SPECHT
  • Presentation of the potential of the Rotterdam-Genoa corridor, First Deputy Mayor Christian SPECHT
  • Presentation of the structure and expansion plans of Yuxinou, Grace ZHANG
  • Presentation of Contargo,
  • Presentation of the potential of a railway track Chongqing-Mannheim considering local business needs, Jürgen LINDENBERG, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce Rhine-Neckar
  • Presentation of the logistics hub Mannheim, Christiane RAM, Head of Department for Economic Promotion – City of Mannheim
  • Discussion with local industry representatives – moderated by Christian SPECHT

17.00     Departure


Family Picture

Welcoming speech by Dr Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim

Signature of MoU by Mayor Christian Specht

Meeting with high-level logistics stakeholders

Visit of the Port of Mannheim

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