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5. 11. 2016 22:38

Prime Minister Sobotka At the 16+1 Summit: Next Year We Want To Focus On Cooperation In Aerospace And E-commerce

Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka se zúčastnil Summitu zemí střední a východní Evropy a Čínské lidové republiky, 5. listopadu 2016.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka attended the Summit of Central and Easter European countries and the People’s Republic of China, 5 November 2016.
On Saturday, 5 November 2016, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka attended the Summit of 15 prime ministers of Central and Eastern European countries and China, which was help in Riga. Even before the summit, a 16+1 Business Forum was held, jointly opened by the Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kučinskis and the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang.

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is representing the Czech Republic for the third time at the annual 16+1 Summit, which aims to define strategic cooperation between our region and China in the forthcoming period.

The intensive cooperation of the current Czech government in developing and intensifying relations with the People’s Republic of China has brought concrete positive results for CZ in the area of investments, export, transport and tourism.

At this year’s 16+1 Summit in Riga, Prime Minister Sobotka promoted cooperation primarily in the sectors of financial services, aerospace and agriculture.

At the summit, the representatives of 15 Central and Easter European Countries and China adopted the “Riga Guidelines”, which stipulate the main aims of cooperation within the 16+1 platform, and a joint declaration of cooperation between naval ports. This year and the next, the Czech Republic will once again host the Chinese Investment Forum and in 2017 it will organise an aerospace forum to support cooperation in this highly prospective sector for CZ.

The Prime Minister was accompanied in Latvia by the representatives of about a dozen companies from the Czech Republic, who also attended the 16+1 business forum. These companies operate across sectors such as tourism, wellness, logistics, etc. The business delegation is headed by Vice President of the Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce Irena Bartoňova Pálkova.

Even before the summit began, Prime Minister Sobotka also met his counterparts from Latvia, Croatia and Macedonia today. They primarily spoke about the further development of bilateral cooperation.

Tomorrow morning, the Prime Minister will meet with the Czech entrepreneurs accompanying him at the 16+1 Summit in Riga. He also has a bilateral meeting with the prime Minister of Serbia. 

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