WorldSkills 2017: General Assembly hands 2021 competition to China

WorldSkills 2017: General Assembly hands 2021 competition to China

The WorldSkills General Assembly has today officially confirmed that Shanghai will host the 2021 competition.

China was the only country in the running for the award, after Switzerland pulled out its bid earlier this year.

On the eve of the Abu Dhabi opening ceremony, the General Assembly made it official that Shanghai would host the 46th WorldSkills in two years’ time.

“Congratulations to WorldSkills China for winning the bid for the 2021 International Competition!” WorldSkills International said today.

[Click here to watch China’s video bid]

China has taken part in the last three WorldSkills competitions, winning five gold medals, eight silvers, seven bronzes and 29 medallions of excellence.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Jia Jie, the team leader for WorldSkills China said: “For China, the WorldSkills movement and skills competitions as a whole are a good tool to promote the spirit of craftsmanship, which was called for by Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China, as well as to create a friendly atmosphere that respects skills and work.

“Every year, a great number of skill competitions at various levels take place nationwide, so China is experienced in organizing skill competitions.

“China is now the second largest economy in the world and the largest developing country, as well as the most populous country. So, it is necessary to bring the WorldSkills Competition to China to raise the visibility of WorldSkills as a whole.”

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi officially kicks off tomorrow as the country puts on its opening ceremony. Follow @feweek on Twitter for live updates. You can tweet your support by using the hashtag #TeamUK.