Beijing is aiming to strengthen economic cooperation with 16 cities in Central and Eastern Europe involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, particularly in the fields of tourism and healthcare, Chen Jining, the acting mayor of the capital, said at a high-level summit.
The Second China-CEEC 16+1 Capitals Mayors Forum was held recently in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro.
The forum held in mid-September aimed to create a sound business environment and to promote exchanges among CEE capital cities, with 50 representatives from Beijing companies in attendance.
“To support the ’16+1 cooperation’, the forum should be fully used to serve as a platform for boosting the cities’ mutual beneficial cooperation and sustainable development. Within the strategic agreements and collaboration framework, Beijing has secured various economic cooperation agreements,” said Chen.
Initiated by China in 2012, and now a crucial part of the Belt and Road Initiative, the “16+1 cooperation” aims to intensify and expand economic, trade and cultural cooperation with the 11 European Union member states and five Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
During the forum, the participating countries agreed on several activities related to establishing stronger economic ties to better connect the 16+1 capital cities.
The representative companies signed agreements in various fields, including tourism, investment promotion, cultural exchanges, environmental protection and healthcare.
Read more about the 2nd edition of The China-CEEC 16+1 Forum on ChinaDaily.