Croatia unveils plan for boosting ties with China ahead of 16+1 summit
Author: CSEBA / SEEbiz
4th April 2019
ZAGREB - Croatia's government on Thursday endorsed a set of documents aimed at advancing cooperation with China, ahead of the 16+1 format's summit meeting scheduled for 11 and 12 April in Dubrovnik.

A document covering all areas in which Croatia wants to improve its cooperation with China in the economy, trade, investment in agriculture, science, technology, innovation, culture, tourism will be accepted next week during the meeting of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković with his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang.

Two countries have prepared a series of documents, so a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Science and Education and Chinese partners on financing research development projects will be signed in Zagreb, said Plenkovic at a government session. Furthermore, a memorandum of ministries of economy will be signed in the field of investment within the joint committee on economic cooperation.

A Proposal of Conclusion Concerning the Expression of Interest to Obtain Membership of the Republic of Croatia in the Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank is of great importance.

The Central State Sports Office will sign a memorandum on co-operation in sport. It is a great interest of Chinese sports federations to train in Croatia and to make some use of the know-how of Croatian trainers and successful athletes, said Plenković. The Ministry of Agriculture will sign a protocol on veterinary public health requirements for dairy products intended for export from Croatia to China.

The Ministry of Tourism will sign a memorandum of cooperation in the field of special forms of tourism, the prime minister said. He recalled that the Croatian Tourist Board opened its office in Shanghai and that last year, a quarter of millions of Chinese tourists visited Croatia.

"We expect this number to increase considerably after the arrival of a major Chinese delegation next week," he said.

The Central State Bureau for Digital Society Development will sign a memorandum with the big Chinese Huawei Granddaughter. A financial agreement between HBOR and the Chinese Development Bank will be signed in Dubrovnik.

Two memorandums on railway infrastructure will be signed. The year 2019 will be a year of Croatian-Chinese cooperation in the field of culture and tourism, the Prime Minister said, adding that the exhibition "The Teachers of Ancient China" will open at the Klovićevi Dvori in Zagreb.

Next Wednesday, government representatives will visit the construction site of the Peljesac Bridge, and Thursday and Friday are foreseen for Summit 16 plus 1 and following the business summit in Dubrovnik.

This gathering will bring together 16 prime ministers and more than a thousand participants, of which 400 Chinese businessmen, and Croatia expects concrete results and jobs to be agreed at the summit, Prime Minister said.

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