Province extends hand of friendship to European countries

By Liang Kaiyan (China Daily) Updated : 2019-06-06

Ningbo in Zhejiang province plans to strengthen cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries in fields including transport, trade and cultural exchanges, according to the city's bureau of commerce. 

Based on the cooperation between China and CEEC, also known as the 16+1 cooperation, Ningbo is to establish a network between the two sides. 

It will add more direct flights and ships in a bid to improve facilities and services, such as logistics, trade, exhibitions and finance around its ports.

To solve the problems of importing agricultural products and quarantine, the city will set up multiple channels for trade and cross-border e-commerce.

This will ensure imports from CEEC are best served by China-CEEC cooperation and a comprehensive pilot zone for cross-border e-commerce. 

The coastal city will also establish a platform to support cooperation between China and CEEC, and improve other platforms including cultural centers.

In addition, Ningbo will ramp up efforts on cooperation with CEEC in cultural exchanges in sectors including education, tourism and scientific research. 

These will explore a new pattern of exchanges between cities and promote communication.

In 2012, China and CEEC established a cooperation mechanism to promote sustainable and forward-looking development, and to build a new model of partnership featuring openness, inclusiveness and win-win outcomes. 

As a coastal city in East China, Ningbo has made great progress in supporting the cooperation between China and CEEC. It has also become a major platform in China for holding events for CEEC. 

The city has hosted the annual China-CEEC Investment and Trade Expo over the past four years. It hosted the China-CEEC Forum on Cooperation and Development in 2015 and 2017.

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