The Chinese province of Sichuan and Osijek-Baranja County have established bilateral cooperation. The focus is on tourism and the economy
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Osijek-Baranja County participated in the “Belt and Road Sichuan” International Forum for Cooperation and Development in China, Sichuan Province, where among 42 delegations from 32 countries, the economic and tourist potentials of the County were presented. Osijek-Baranja County was one of the main partners of the Forum, and the focus of participation was the area of trade and investment. The four-day visit of the Osijek-Baranja County delegation to the Chinese province of Sichuan concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Osijek-Baranja County and the Sichuan Province on establishing friendship and cooperation. Osijek-Baranja County, based on the signed Memorandum and established relations with the Province of Sichuan, will continue to promote and position investment potentials with the aim of strengthening the economy and tourism in the county, according to OBŽ. “The memorandum was signed in the desire to strengthen friendly relations through the establishment of interregional cooperation, and the goal is to mutually increase economic and trade exchange and cultural development of the two regions. The priority sectors of cooperation prescribed by the Memorandum are environmental protection and ecology, transport and logistics, modern agriculture and education, tourism and culture. ” said Prefect Anušić during the signing of the Agreement and added that the cooperation with the Province of Sichuan is the result of intensive work on the international positioning of Osijek-Baranja County and its resources, as well as the development of cooperation between Croatia and the People’s Republic of China within the 16 + 1 Initiative. Photo: Osijek-Baranja County “Croatia as a member of the European Union, a country with beautiful natural resources, rich cultural heritage, excellent gastronomic and eno offer and especially after the success of our national football team at last year’s World Cup has become interesting to Chinese tourists and investors. Osijek-Baranja County is geostrategically well positioned and well connected with the entire region, so at the invitation of the host we presented investment and tourism potentials. I believe in the exchange of experiences and future active cooperation between our county and the province of Sichuan, which I emphasized in my presentation at the Governor’s Forum. “said Prefect Anusic. A meeting was also held with the mayors of Leshan and Meishan, the most developed tourist destinations in the Province of Sichuan, and he presented the tourist offer and agricultural resources of the county. The mayors expressed particular interest in developing further bilateral co-operation. Sichuan Province has seen significant economic growth in recent years. In 2018, it achieved a GDP of 605,3 billion US dollars. The province has established economic and trade links with more than 220 countries and regions, and 17 countries have opened consular offices in the province. It is one of the main centers of agricultural production in China, and they are also focused on the development of a high-tech industrial base through investments in electronic and information technologies. As they point out from Osijek-Baranja County, the governor of the Sichuan Province Yin Li expressed great interest in cooperation in terms of organic agricultural production, science and tourism. Therefore, OBŽ sent an invitation to the Governor in Osijek-Baranja County, which will be one of the next steps in the implementation and strengthening of further cooperation.