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Minister: Latvia is interested in expanding cooperation with China

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring his visit to China on 5 September, Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens met with the deputy chairman of China’s National Tourism Administration and deputy chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

During the meeting between Aseradens and the deputy chairman of China’s National Tourism Administration, the two discussed cooperation in tourism, including ways of attracting China’s investments in this area, Economy Ministry reports.

Latvian-Chinese cooperation in tourism continues developing dynamically. Since 2010, the number of Chinese tourists in Latvia has grown six times. In 2015, Latvia was visited by 13,022 tourists from China. «I am confident that cooperation in tourism industry will be improved even more with the opening of a centre for issue of Latvian visas. There are visa centres opened in Beijing, Shanghai and Chendu. We plan to open 11 other visa centres in different Chinese cities by the end of the year,» – Aseradens admitted with pride in discussions with Chinese officials.

During the meeting with the deputy chairman of China’s National Tourism Administration, the two sides discussed the initiative to form a think tank as foundation of a platform for the improvement of bilateral economic cooperation. More information on this initiative will be provided at the 16+1 summit in Riga in November.

The volume of trade between Latvia and China grows every year. China is now Latvia’s second largest cooperation partner outside the European Union.

«Latvian businessmen have proven their interest to cooperate with China, which is demonstrated by the big delegation of businessmen that accompany me during this visit. Many Latvian products have found a stable niche on the Chinese market and local consumers know their quality,» – Aseradens said.

Chinese consumers can buy products manufactured by Food Union, Cido, Gamma-A, Piejūra, Brīvais Vilnis, Kolumbija, Kārumu Fabrika, Pure Chocolate, Rāmkalni, Rīgas Dzirnavnieks, Aerodium, SAF Tehnika, Mikrotīkls, Stenders, SinoBusinessLinks and others.

Latvia is also interested in developing cooperation with China in industries like transports, transit and logistics, woodworking, food processing, ICT, innovations and IT, education, tourism and others, the ministry notes.

During talks with Chinese officials, Aseradens welcomed successful cooperation with China’s institutions in exports of meat products from Latvia. He also expressed hope that Latvia will be added to the list of countries that are allowed to export honey to China soon.

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