Director-General Yang Yi Leads a Delegation to Serbia for the Fruit and Vegetable Industrial Park Cooperation Project

DATE: 2018-10-09 SOURCE:农业农村部对外经济合作中心 VIEWS:
In order to follow the instructions of Minister Han Changfu, further China-CEEC "16+1 cooperation" and China-Serbia agricultural cooperation, and implement the Memorandum of Understanding on Fruit and Vegetable Industrial Park Cooperation Project singed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China (MARA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Serbia on the Seventh Meeting of the Heads of Government of the CEEC and China, from July 9 to 13, Director Yang Yi led a delegation consisting of Lin Xinjie, Deputy Director of the Division of Treaty and Law of Department of International Cooperation, Dr. Jiang Ye of the Research Institute of FECC and Yin Yiwei, interpreter of the International Cooperation Service Center to Serbia for the Fruit and Vegetable Industrial Park Cooperation Project.
 
 
As the first agricultural project between China and Serbia, the Fruit and Vegetable Industrial Park Cooperation Project has broad prospects and far-reaching significance. Both countries attached great importance to this visit as it started less than one week after the two countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Industrial Park Cooperation Project. In coordination with MARA, FECC conducted in-depth analysis and researches on construction concepts, operation models, markets and policies, drafted the construction plan and prepared extensively for consultation based on the details of the Memorandum that needed to be clarified. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Serbia warmly welcomed the delegation. Radojko Obradovic, Special Adviser of the Minister and Willim Stanoyevi Secretary of the State (vice-ministerial level) attended the meeting and accompanied the delegation to visit the project site. In just two days, the consultation went smoothly and the scheduled work was completed, achieving the expected results.
 
 
 
During the stay in Serbia, the delegation first visited Chinese Embassy in Serbia to learn about the Serbian agriculture, the investment of Chinese enterprises in Serbia and the foreign investment policy of Serbia. The delegation introduced the ideas, goals, tasks of the project to Ambassador Li Manchang, Counsellor Ci Yonghui, and Counsellor Tian Yishu and listened to their opinions and suggestions.
 
Later, the delegation visited the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management where the two sides held two rounds of consultation on the joint construction of the Industrial Park. On behalf of the Chinese side, Director Yang Yi put forward six important proposals including the working mechanism of the Industrial Park Joint Coordination Committee, the construction and operation mechanism of the Industrial Park, construction scale, site selection, support policy, and the next work plan and the Serbian side responded to each of these proposals. The consultation went smoothly, achieving fruitful results. The delegation also did field research of the site recommended by the Serbian side: the RUMSKA PETLJA industrial zone in Ruma, Vojvodina, and the fruit production and processing enterprise (Donerra). They also took the Hungary-Serbia railway to Neoplanta, capital city of Vojvodina, to learn about the agricultural development along the route.
 
 
For the next step, FECC will, under the guidance of MARA, follow up the consensuses reached during this visit. The two sides will establish the working mechanism of the Joint Coordination Committee of the Industrial Park, set up the next work plan and time schedule of the project. With the materials such as park site list and support policies provided by the Serbian side, FECC will strengthen market analysis and feasibility study of this project, and prepare for the Promotion Conference of the China-Serbia enterprises to jointly build the Fruit and Vegetable Industrial Park Cooperation Project.