The Liverpool City Region should be a major player on the international stage. Despite Brexit, we are a proud European Region and will always co-operate with our international partners. While Westminster turns its back to the North, we need to improve relationships with city regions in Europe and across the globe for the benefit of our people, businesses, universities and tourism.
As Mayor I will;
- Work with The Greater Manchester City Region and The Northern Ireland Government to create embassies in Brussels and other European and Global cities to assist with the development of trade, commerce, industry, university links, cultural links, tourist links and community links.
- Encourage High Commissions and Embassies based in London to create Honorary Ambassadors for the City Region to promote a two-way exchange of commerce; industry, culture and education.
- Develop an enhanced level of partnership arrangement with ports and cities where there are clear opportunities to develop global trade links for the City Region.
- Develop and promote a ‘Virtual Embassy’ to be used by the local authorities, the Chamber of Commerce; Universities, individual companies, diaspora communities, organisations and community groups to be used to assist with the development of trade, commerce, industry, university links, cultural links, tourist links and community links.
- Work with the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ on a number of strategic activities, especially to improve transport links but to recognise that our most obvious area of joint activity is the North West of England.
- Work with our international football clubs and key events like the Grand National and the Southport Open to showcase our region and seek new opportunities for the future.
- Work with our Youth parliament, the EU Youth Parliament and other youth bodies to encourage peer to peer activity and visits between young people globally to raise awareness of the City with the leaders of the future.