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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Foreign Policy Institute will organize a forum for international think tanks for countries taking part in the 16+1 format in the Foreign Ministry in Riga on 4 November.

As it is known, 16+1 is a Chinese initiative whose goal it is to activate cooperation with eleven European countries and Balkan countries investment, transport, finance, science, education, culture and other fields. In 2016, Latvia was entrusted with the organization of the most important events for the 16+1 format: the meeting of heads of state of participating countries and other events associated with the initiative, including a business forum, meeting of national coordinators, a conference of think tanks and the first meeting of transport ministers.

The think tank forum is of the side-events of the 5 November meeting of leaders of state of countries taking part in 16+1 format. Its goal is to provide an independent assessment of the status of 16+1 initiative and draw out its development perspectives.

«What are the successes and failures of 16+1 format and what are its future perspectives? Which areas of 16+1 format have the best development potential? What are the benefits from mutual ties between China and countries of Central and Eastern Europe? These and many other matters will be discussed by experts from China and countries of Central and Eastern Europe on 4 November,» – organizers say.

It is possible to book seats for the event here: https://goo.gl/7YVCJ6. The number of seats is limited.

The 16+1 format consists 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 government leaders from countries taking part in 16+1 format will gather in Riga at the beginning of November to discuss important matters and establish economic contacts.

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