25 May, 2016
Ms. Gao Yan, the vice minister of commerce of the People’s Republic of China, visited AAT Research’s new offices on May 25, while touring the Malta Life Sciences Park.
The vice minister was in Malta with a delegation from China for a short visit to discuss commercial activities with the government and Malta Enterprise, the national development agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in Malta.
AAT’s CEO, Wolfgang Storf gave the vice minister a tour of the offices and gave a brief overview of the company’s product, Mente, what the company does and commercialisation plans.
“It is an honour to receive the Chinese vice minister for commerce of the PRC and we happy that she was able to learn a bit about our company and how we are striving to help children with ASD. China offers growth opportunities for Mente Autism and this is an area that we are exploring further with our partners there,” Mr Storf said.
Ms. Gao Yan has held numerous senior positions in government. She was appointed Vice Chairman and member of the CPC Leadership Group of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in August 2003. She represented the Chinese government at the Aichi World Expo in Japan and sat on the organizing committee of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Ms. Gao had been serving as Deputy Chief of the Liaison Office of Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR from August 2006 before her appointment as Vice Minister and member of the CPC Leadership Group of MOFCOM in May 2013. Ms. Gao’s portfolio covers the General Office, the Department of Asian Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs, MOFCOM Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Bureau of Discipline Supervision and Investigation, the Department for Old Cadre’s Affairs and MOFCOM Special Commissioner’s Offices.
Ms. Gao was accompanied by the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr Chris Cardona , Malta Enterprise COO, Marika Tonna and the CEO of the Malta Life Sciences Park, Joe Sammut.