Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries: it is an important format, we want closer cooperation

This was an important meeting for our country and for the whole region. We want to develop and open economically on other markets– said Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Monday in Budapest during the summit of goverments of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (16+1).

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Photo: Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Agreement on the strategic cooperation with China

China is a demanding and big partner, but a partner who wants to carry out the economic cooperation in our region – Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasised the importance of closer economic relations between Poland and China. As she added, many declarations turn into specific commitments and implementation of different economic agreements become reality.

The Prime Minister informed, that during the 16+1 summit an agreement on strategic cooperation between the Polish Investment and Trade Agency and the Chinese government of the Hunan province was signed. This is a very broad agreement, which aims at closer cooperation between entrepreneurs – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Bilateral talks 

During her visit to Budapest, Prime Minister Beata Szydło met Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić. The conversations concerned bilateral cooperation between Poland on the one side and China and Serbia on the other.

16+1 summit

The summit is the most important element of political consultation under the cooperation platfrom between China and Central and Eastern European Countries, so called 16+1. The headline target of the summit is closer economic and financial cooperation, enhanced trade and mutual development.

The representatives of the following countries and institutions were invited to participate in the summit as observers: Austria, Belarus, Greece, Switzerland, European Union and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The summit concentrates on the financial cooperation and the main accompanying event was the 16+1 Business Forum.

This year host of the 16+1 summit is the Hungarian government. In Warsaw, there are the following offices for coordination of regional cooperation with China under the structure of the 16+1 initiative, which was inaugurated in Poland: Contact mechanism of the agency for promoting investment 16+1, 16+1 Busines Council and – as from the February 2017 – Secretariat of Maritime Issues “16+1”.

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