In 2016, Latvia has been entrusted with the organization of the most important events of the cooperation format between Central and Eastern European countries and China ("16+1") – the fifth Meeting of Heads of Government and related events – a business forum, a national coordinators’ meeting, a seminar of think tanks – as well as the first 16+1 meeting of the Ministers for Transport.
What is 16+1?
16+1 is China's initiative with a goal to activate cooperation with 11 EU Member States and 5 Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary) in the fields of investment, transport, finance, science, education and culture.
Why 16+1 cooperation is relevant to Latvia?
- It is an opportunity to promote economic relations and expand cooperation with China in the fields of transport and logistics, tourism, culture, education and science;
- an opportunity to popularise the country's image in the international environment;
- an opportunity to expand the transnational contractual base.
Within the framework of the initiative, China has defined three priority fields for economic cooperation: infrastructure, high technologies and green technologies.
Previous 16+1 summits
- Warsaw, Poland - 2012
- Bucharest, Romania - 2013
- Belgrade, Serbia - 2014
- Suzhou, China -2015
2016 events in Latvia
Meeting of Ministers for Transport (16-17 May)
National Coordinator Meeting (14 October)
Conference of Think Tanks (4 November)
Conference of Sinologists (5 November)
Meeting of Heads of Government (4-6 November)
Business Forum (5-6 November)
Website for 16+1 Secretariat for Coordination of Logistics at the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia
Website for 16+1 Secretariat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China
The Suzhou Guidelines for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries