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TOKO attends the 6th Meeting of the China-CEEC Business Council in Ningbo

On June 8th, the 6th Meeting of China-CEEC Business Council, co-hosted by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the People's Government of Zhejiang Province was held in Ningbo. Wang Wentao, Minister of Commerce, and Yuan Jiajun, Secretary of Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee, attended the meeting. Gao Yan, CCPIT Chairperson; Zheng Shanjie, Governor of Zhejiang Province; Robert Tomanek, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Labor and Technology of Poland; L¨¢szl¨® Balogh, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Hungary; Ahmed Argerich, Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Foreign Trade Business Council; Krzysztof Drynda, Director of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, and Hu Xiaolian, Chairperson of the Export-Import Bank of China attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches..

Gao Yan said that in February this year, President Xi Jinping chaired the China-CEEC Leaders Summit and delivered a keynote speech, building consensus and drawing a blueprint for the China-CEEC cooperation under the new situation. The 6th Meeting of the China-CEEC Business Council is an important follow-up activity to implement the "2021 Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries Beijing List of Activities". Over the past year, the members of the China-CEEC Business Council have exchanged greetings and supplies, joined hands in fighting against COVID-19, helped companies to resume work and production and worked together to maintain the stability of the global production and supply chain, contributing our part to the recovery and development of the world economy. CCPIT is willing to strengthen cooperation with council members to bridge the trade and investment cooperation between enterprises and jointly write a new chapter of China-CEEC economic and trade relations through meeting the needs of enterprises and providing high-quality services.

Zheng Shanjie said that Zhejiang Province is working on building itself into a hub and a high-quality economic and trade cooperation demonstration zone of the China-CEEC cooperation and a gateway for CEEC to enter Chinese market. Zhejiang is willing to share opportunities with CEEC for mutual benefits and win-win cooperation, especially in the fields of advanced manufacturing, port logistics, business tourism, technological innovation and green and low-carbon development to bring China-CEEC economic and trade exchanges to a new level.

Robert Tomanek said that the China-CEEC cooperation mechanism is an important platform for cooperation between Poland and China. It is a priority of Polish government to carry out high-quality and mutually beneficial economic and trade cooperation with China. Poland is willing to cooperate with China in promoting more high-quality goods and services into the Chinese market, expanding e-commerce cooperation, and jointly building a wholesale market for agricultural products. The Polish Ministry of Economic Affairs actively supports the China-CEEC Business Council in improving cooperation mechanism to provide more platforms and opportunities for communication among enterprises.

L¨¢szl¨® Balogh said that since the launch of the China-CEEC cooperation mechanism, Hungary has actively participated in cooperation under this framework with fruitful results. Hungary values the cooperation with China under the ¡°Belt and Road¡± initiative, with the Hungary-Serbia railway investment becoming a demonstration project. Facing the outbreak of COVID-19, the two countries have supported each other in medical supplies and vaccination. With the vaccines ordered from China, Hungary¡¯s vaccination rate has exceeded 50%, becoming one of the countries with the highest vaccination rate in the world. Despite the epidemic, bilateral trade volume grew by 22% in 2020, with a rapid increase especially in financial cooperation. The Hungarian side welcomes Chinese companies to invest in Hungary in finance, digital technology and green technology, and continue to deepen the partnership and friendship between the two sides.

Under the theme of "Sailing from new starting point for better harvest", the meeting includes an opening ceremony, panel discussions, and corporate communication sessions. Over 500 representatives from government departments, embassies and consulates, business associations, and enterprises from China and CEEC participated in the meeting online or on-site. The meeting focused on hot topics such as cooperation between business associations and local governments, cooperation in industries like agriculture, e-commerce, tourism and so on, and cooperation between SMEs under the epidemic. In addition, the conference organized about 200 negotiations between 68 CEEC companies and nearly 200 Chinese companies, reaching a number of practical cooperation achievements, covering trade, e-commerce, tourism, finance and other fields, Mr.William Wu, managing director of TOKO group, as a member of China SMEs participated the meeting.

Ahmed Argerich stated that as one of the founding members of the China-CEEC Business Council, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Foreign Trade Business Council will, as always, actively back the agenda that benefits the business community and the development of member economies, support mechanism construction of the China-CEEC Business Council and encourage global cooperation. It is hoped that the council will continue to play its role in fighting against COVID-19, and further strengthen economic, trade and investment cooperation.

Krzysztof Drynda said that the China-CEEC cooperation mechanism is conducive to future trade and investment cooperation between China and Poland, to the economic integration of Eastern European countries, and to the cooperation between China and EU. The mechanism provides CEEC companies with a good opportunity to enter the Chinese market in the fields of agri-food, information technology, automobiles, machinery, construction materials, furniture, luxury goods, and jewelry. CEEC including Poland welcome Chinese companies to invest in green-field projects.

The China-CEEC Business Council is an essential part of the China-CEEC cooperation framework. It is a non-profit mechanism jointly initiated by China and Poland based on the Bucharest Guidelines for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries released in 2013 and is open to commerce associations and trade and investment promotion agencies in CEECs. With Albania Tirana Chamber of Commerce, Montenegro Chamber of Commerce, North Macedonia Chamber of Commerce and Romania-China Chamber of Commerce formally joined the China-CEEC Business Council at the 6th meeting, its members now include CCPIT and 20 chambers of commerce and trade and investment promotion agencies from 15 CEEC.

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