Successful Icelandic Cooperation in Earthquake hit Regions of China
CHENGDU, 3 March 2010.
Representatives of the Icelandic Government and companies traveled to Sichuan Province in South-West China to follow up on cooperation between Icelandic and Chinese parties in the re-construction of the quake hit region. Top of their agenda was a cooperation project in the field of artificial limbs and the construction of a new Primary School in a remote county.
Today, the delegation visited the Sichuan-Hong Kong Rehabilitation Center in the Provincial Capital of Chengdu, where the Icelandic Orthopedic company Össur has cooperated with the Hong Kong based charity organization Stand Tall. So far, 300 individuals who were badly hurt or amputated have received treatment and can now look forward to a better and more mobile life after their trauma.
On 12 May 2008, a big earthquake hit Sichuan Province. It measured 8.0 on Richter scale. About 70.000 people died in the quakes and almost 5 million people lost their homes. Extensive damage was caused to buildings in the region and a coordinated effort was needed to re-establish communities and their economies in the area.
The Icelandic delegation consists of the Ambasador of Iceland to China, H.E. Kristin A. Arnadottir; Mr. Arni Alvar Arason, President of Össur Asia and Chairman of the Icelandic Business Forum in China (IBF); Mr. Bárður Guðfinnsson, General Manager of Lexus Limited and Vice-Chairman of IBF; Mr. Pétur Yang Li, Trade Representative of the Icelandic Embassy in Beijing and Secretary General of IBF; Mr. Haflidi Saevarsson, Director of the Pavilion for Iceland at 2010 World Expo Shanghai and Commercial Officer of the Consulate General of Iceland in Shanghai.