Year of the monkey

by Bene't Steinberg, 10 February 2016
Benet Steinberg thumbnailBene't Steinberg looks ahead to an entrepreneurial year under the Chinese zodiac sign of the monkey. 

Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year and we celebrated early at the Houses of Parliament with the All Party Parliamentary China Group (APPCG). It’s the year of the monkey so, of course, lots of mention was made of the monkey’s entrepreneurialism, enthusiasm and sociability. 

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Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, naturally welcomed the symbolism. I'm standing next to Sajid (pictured below), who remembered past meetings both in relation to the APPCG and OCR’s Skills Guide. And as sponsors of the APPG, we were well looked after by its Chairman Richard Graham MP (pictured on the far right of the photo below). 

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Stephen McKenna of Cambridge English and Matthew Wolff of Cambridge International Examinations were with me and we had an enjoyable and productive five minutes briefing the Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Liu Xiaoming, (pictured below) who spoke of his hopes of 2016 as the beginning of a 'golden era' for Chinese/British relations and who also seemed pleased to see us. 

APPCG B Steve and Ambassador - image 

Bene't Steinberg 
Group Director of Public Affairs, Cambridge Assessment

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