"16+1" China – Europe Agricultural Cooperation Forum

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 r.

Innovations, green technologies in agriculture and new opportunities for cooperation in the area of agricultural trade and investments were the topics of discussion during the Agro-Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum between China and Central Eastern European Countries (16+1) held in Kunming. Poland was represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Krzysztof Jurgiel.

Photo. Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel during the meeting

Photo. Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel during the meeting

The Minister of Agriculture delivered a speech during the Forum's opening ceremony. He spoke of the need to maintain sustainable development of agriculture and the importance that Poland attaches to the development of economic cooperation in the "16+1" format. Krzysztof Jurgiel has also participated in a meeting between the agriculture ministers of Central and Eastern European Countries, where he presented Poland's achievements in the modernisation of agriculture and the implementation of innovative solutions in rural areas. The Minister also mentioned about the untapped potential of economic cooperation between Europe and China, which should be consistently developed.

– China and European countries maintain very good bilateral relations. The opportunities for cooperation in agriculture, including trade, have so far been utilised below their real potential. The "One Belt and One Road" initiative, which Poland holds in high regard, creates opportunities to improve this situation. I am convinced that the potential of our economies and engagement in cooperation will result in the achievement of favourable effects not only for the countries participating in the "16+1" format, but also initiate positive processes in the global economy – Krzysztof Jurgiel sums up his speech.

After the conclusion of the Forum, the Minister of Agriculture participated in bilateral meetings with: the Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China Han Changfu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Dejan Židan, and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy Mikhail Cvetkov, during which the prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture, and in particular the exchange of scientific expertise.