Vice President Jasna Plevnik attends 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie
Opening ceremony speech by LU Jianzhong, SRCIC Chairman and the founder and CEO of DTXS Investment sent a message that economic hegemony, protectionism and unilateralism present violence over economy cooperation and should be stopped.
Former President of Croatia STjepan Mesić, in his keynote speech, said:” We are against protectionism and the trade war that the U.S. provoked on China and Europe”
The SRCIC, founded in Hong Kong in 2015, and has its Secretariat in Xi'an, and representative offices in Beijing and Shanghai. The members of SRICC are 129 national- level chambers from 77 countries that connects nearly 10 million corporations.
The Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce expressed its admiration for President Mesic Europe-Croatia - China diplomacy efforts by proclaiming him a senior advisor of SRCIC.
The 2018 Silk Road Summit brought together nearly 50 high-level speakers, including former heads of government, ministers, and CEOs of Fortune500 companies, as well as renowned academics and analysts.
New beautiful cooperation: 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie connected experts from 84 countries to explore the economic potential of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Working dinner: Former President of Croatia Stjepan Mesić and Dr. Jasna Plevnik informed leadership of Hunan Province and LU Jianzhong, SRCIC Chairman on Croatia’s attractiveness for China investments. The dinner guests were Alexander Tomov, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria and Abdulghani Kabbara, an Advisor for Northern Affairs of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Echo Huang, Director & deputy CEO of New World China Land Limited (Hong Kong New World Group Member) talked with Former President of Croatia (2000- 2010) Stjepan Mesić during the Summit closing. Director Huang said that she has been impressed with him since her childhood when in 1990s watched a movie on about him that was aired on TV.
Aim to maintain multilateral trade system
The Silk Road Business Summit 2018, launched of the platform the Zhangjiajie Consensus that aims to maintain multilateral trade system and promote an open world economy in order to facilitate the high-quality and sustainable development of the world economy through the coordination of national trading chambers, that is SRCIC members, their governments and companies using the opportunity offered by "One Belt One Way".
The Business Summit was attended by 400 business people, officials, and academic experts from 84 countries. A community of 55 friendly towns also operates inside of SRCIC’ framework concentrating its attention on strengthening city mutual economic and trade links within the framework of the "One Belt One Way" and exchanging experiences of city management.
Director Wu: Over 40 percent of Shenzhen’s GDP came from “inovative “ business!
Former President of the Republic of Croatia Stjepan Mesic and Dr. Jasna Plevnik met with a renowned China foreign policy expert Wu Sikang, Director of the Development Research Center (DRC) of Shenzhen.
Director of DRC Shenzhen WU Sikang said in 2016, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences ranked DRC Shenzhen as a 32 think tank on the list of 100 influential think tanks in China.
Director Wu, who invited President Mesic to visit Shenzhen, informed him about the work of the Development Research Center, which was established in 2011 and strongly dedicated to provide the Shenzhen HL Administration with a strategic insight into the area of economy, social development reform and opening up. The RIC, said Director Wu, developed extensive co-operation with domestic and international think tanks and published hundreds of research papers. In 2016, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences ranked DRC Shenzhen as a 32 think tank on the list of 100 influential think tanks in China.
Dr. Jasna Plevnik said that in South East Europe countries China has not been seen as an EU rival. Beijing respects SEECs EU path and the Belt and Road Initiative’s channels of connectivity have shown capacity to improve further integration inside of South East Europe through trade, transport, financial system and energy cooperation.
Shenzhen an engine of the Pearl River Delta
Director Wu expressed great interest in deepening cooperation with Croatia and outlined all potential benefits of cooperation with a city such as Shenzhen, which has developed from a small town with 30,000 inhabitants into an international metropolis with 20 million population. Director Wu said in 2017, the GDP of Shenzhen exceeded $ 330 billion and marked an economic milestone , Shenzhen surpassed Hong Kong thanks to its booming hi-tech sector( Tencent, Huawei, DJI)and state run Shenzhen Special Zone.
In 2017, Shenzhen had more than 3 million registered business, or one registered enterprise for every four people.
Liu Pilato Liying: Shenzhen market could bring great gains to Croatian economy
The Croatia - China expert for import and export, and a successful entrepreneur Liu Pilato Liying, who organised Croatia’s delegation visit to Shenzhen, said in a meeting with Li Gang, President of the Association of Exporters and Importers of Shenzhen (SFIEA) that Croatia’s food industry and agricultural sector should use a strength and openness of Shenzhen’ market.
Liu Pilato Liying, stressed the last year Shenzhen imported agricultural goods reached 9. 5 billion US dollars with annual increase of almost 6 percent.
She said Croatia needs more specific knowledge on Shenzhen’s great economic power and numerous opportunities for all kind of cooperation that lay ahead of companies on the both sides. Liu Pilato Liying said her business experience in promoting and selling Croatian food through the Croatian pavilions has been very positive and invited all interested Croatian companies to appear in Shenzhen, market, which is demanding regarding quality but very much open to international cooperation.
Liu Pilato LIYING, a Croatia - China expert for import and export, and successful entrepreneur said Croatia’s food industry and agricultural sector should use a financial strength and openness of Shenzhen’ market.
President Li Gang: We are interested in expanding cooperation with Croatia’s food industry
President Li said that he is very much involved in importing food from Europe, especially Belgium, but interested in expanding cooperation with Croatia in the area of food and wine. He stressed that his goal would be to open a Croatian pavilion in Shenzhen, as soon as possible, how could be in a position to present to Chinese customers the best Croatian products of big food industry as well as of small entrepreneurs,
He also said that the sale of Croatian sardines in China started recently and that a great interest of customers has been recognised.
LI Gang (Lefto of President Mesić) President of the Association of Exporters and Importers of Shenzhen (SFIEA) expressed an interest in cooperation with Croatia’s food sector.
General Manager Carman Leung: Yantian port smart and green
Croatia’s delegation, led by Former President of the Republic of Croatia Stjepan Mesić, visited Yantian International Container Terminals near Shenzhen managed by private-state company Hutchison Yantian Port Group and Hutchison Port Holdings.
Yantian International Container Terminals were opened in 1994 and in 2018 were selected among Top 10 Container Terminals and received the award as the best operating container terminal in Asia.
Yantian Port is near the city of Shenzhen and its exports and imports take place across that harbor. General Manager Carman Leung said the port is smart and green because it respects the principles of sustainable development and belongs to the world class of ports.
-Yantian is characterized by natural deep waters and unmatched handling capabilities with mega-containers. Yantian proved itself as desirable line for mega- ships in South China and one of the busiest container terminals in the world -said Leung.
Yantian International Container Terminals: General Manager Carman Leung informed Croatia’s Delegation on the port’s goals and achievements that have followed the principles of sustainable development.