Olomouc Region, Czech Republic
Located in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, Olomouc Region borders Poland in the north. Its capital city Olomouc is the fifth largest city in Czech. With a population of about 640,000 and an area of 5267 square kilometers, Olomouc Region is an industry-based area, featuring main industries such as traditional agriculture, processing and service sectors. The south-central region of Olomouc Region enjoys fertile land, producing barley, wheat, rape seed and industrial sugar beet, whose outputs rank first in the country. Olomouc Region is home to Czech’s well-known Pulaski University, where a Confucius Institute was opened.
Olomouc boasts many places of natural and historical interests, museums, galleries and medieval buildings. The city’s main attraction, the Holy Trinity Column towering in the central square, entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 as “one of the most exceptional examples of the apogee of central European Baroque artistic expression”.
Introduced by the Chinese Embassy in Czech, the Olomouc Region government got into contact with Yunnan in July 2014, expressing their wish of establishing friendship provinces relationship with Yunnan in the hope of promoting friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two provinces in culture, technology, education, trade, tourism and more. With a positive response from Yunnan, the two sides agreed on the twinning.
In 2014, a delegation led by Mr. Jiří Rozbořil, Governor of Olomouc Region, and Mr. Jan Kohut, Adviser to the President, former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, visited Yunnan, and signed a letter of intent on twinning with their Yunnan counterparts. The MOU on Cooperation between Yunnan Normal University and Palasky University and Agreement on Cooperation between Kunming Iron & Steel Holding Co. and F Air Flight School were also inked during the visit. At the end of January 2015, Mr. Kohut revisited Kunming and called on Yunnan’s Party Secretary Mr. Li Jiheng. Currently, the two sides have reached a consensus on officially establishing friendship-province relationship.