On June 16, 2020, 157 SMEs and institutions from China and 135 from 17 CEE countries gathered in the “cloud” to conduct economic and trade negotiations online, and promote the two sides to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic with fruitful intentional results, accelerating the pace of resumption of work and production to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.
With theme of “Enhance Information Exchange, Activate Business Cooperation”, the Information Exchange and Matchmaking Conference between China and CEEC SMEs on Resuming Work and Production (Online) was been held in Beijing, and set up a branch venue in Cangzhou City, Hebei Province. All participants conducted communication on discussed and matched the four major sections: “Industry, Industrial Manufacturing”, “Trade and Investment, Agriculture”, “Tourism, and People to People Exchange”, “Medical and Health”. 29 cooperation memorandums were signed and 19 cooperation intentions were reached. The online service platform for China–CEEC SMEs cooperation was also officially launched at the meeting.
Lu Shan, Deputy Secretary-General of the China-CEEC Cooperation Secretariat and Deputy Director General of the European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in his speech that with the improvement of the COVID-19 epidemic situation in various countries, China and CEEC are facing new challenges in restoring their economies and ensuring people’s livelihood. SMEs are not only an important source of economic vitality for all countries, but also a major force for employment creation. China is ready to step up information exchanges with CEEC to build more platforms for SMEs to resume work and production and carry out cooperation, so as to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on their development.
As one of the representatives of CEEC, Mr. Mario Antonić, State Secretary of the Croatian Ministry of Economic Affairs, said in a video speech that the COVID-19 epidemic has affected world economic and trade development and the global supply chain system. CEE countries now need to turn their attention to economic recovery. The convening of this meeting coincided with the occasion, it established a new international cooperation platform for China and CEEC to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, and created new opportunities for the economic recovery of both sides.
Croatian Ambassador to China Dario Mihailin also said that this meeting not only brought together multi-party enterprises, but also further tapped the potential for cooperation between China and CEEC, and achieved numerous results, which will help promote the economic recovery of both sides.
Since its launch in 2018, the “China-CEEC SME Cooperation Zone”, located in Cangzhou City, has grown into a platform for extensive cooperation between the two parties in various fields. Mei Shitong, the mayor of Cangzhou City, said at the meeting that Cangzhou is willing to take this opportunity to further strengthen the connection between the two parties, optimize the investment environment, accelerate the construction of cooperative projects, and strive to deepen traditional friendship and expand cooperation space.