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Latvia takes part in a meeting of 16+1 cooperation format

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 2 February, a meeting was held as part of 16+1 cooperation format in Beijing, China. Representatives of China, Central and Eastern European countries gathered to discuss the work ahead and different projects in areas like trade, investments, transport, logistics, infrastructure development, education, culture and tourism.

Acting secretary to Latvian embassy in China Inese Liepina has informed partners about everything completed in preparation for the summit of leaders of China and participating European countries. This summit will take place in Riga this year.

Along with the summit, Latvia will also organize multiple important formal events dedicated to 16+1 format – the first meeting of transport ministers, a conference of think tanks and a business forum. The 16+1 Transport and Logistical Coordination Secretariat will be opened in Riga as well. Liepina emphasized Latvia’s interest in developing relations with China and other countries, especially in the field of education, culture and tourism, as reported by Latvian Foreign Ministry.

In accordance with the decision made during the summit of 16+1 leaders in Suzhou on 24 November 2015, coordination meetings are held once every quarter.

The 16+1 format is made up of China and 16 other countries: Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

BNN had previously reported that Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics had emphasized multiple times the possibilities and advantages provided by the chance to develop good relations with China would bring and how Latvian authorities should play the lead role and make Latvia a leader in transport and logistics among Baltic States in the 16+1 format.


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