PM Cerar and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Discuss Economic Cooperation

On Tuesday, 28 November, the Prime Minister of Slovenia Miro Cerar met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Hungary’s capital Budapest. The officials discussed ways to deepen business cooperation and the opportunities brought by the 16+1 initiative of the Central and East European countries plus China.

According to the Prime Minister’s office, meeting on the sidelines of the 16+1 Summit, Cerar and Li also discussed the possibility of signing a Silk Road cooperation agreement between Slovenia and China.

The bilateral business cooperation is on the rise due to the intensified relations between the countries’ governments and the cooperation as part of the 16+1 initiative.

At the meeting, Cerar pointed to some prospective areas of cooperation, including civil aviation, air transport infrastructure, automotive and hi-tech industries and science.

According to Cerar, agriculture and tourism also have potential, with visits by Chinese tourists in Slovenia and Europe being on the steep rise lately and trends indicating a further growth.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Premier said that China strongly supported Slovenia’s initiative to declare 20 May as the World Honey Bee Day.

As the Prime Minister’s office reports, on the occasion, Cerar handed to his Chinese counterpart a jar of honey produced in a beehive on a balcony of the Government Palace in Ljubljana.

Cerar and Li furthermore confirmed the traditionally good relations between the countries established 25 years ago.

This was Cerar’s third meeting with a senior Chinese official after he had received Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Ljubljana in April and Chinese President’s special envoy Meng Jianzhu in September.