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Minister Židan and his Chinese colleague Zhang Jianlong for enhancement of cooperation in forestry

Beijing, 8 November – The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dejan Židan and his Chinese colleague Zhang Jianlong, at a bilateral meeting in Beijing expressed mutual interest in strengthened cooperation in forestry between the two countries. They highlighted the scientific co-operation which must necessarily grow into economic cooperation


(Report by special rapporteur Martina Kolenc, Slovenian Press Agency - STA)


Minister Židan and the Chinese Minister of Forestry, Zhang Jianlong, who met for the third time within a period of a year and a half, agreed on the importance of the role of the group of Central and Eastern European countries and China (the 16+1 format), headed by Slovenia. The two partners in the discussion expressed mutual interest in strengthened cooperation between the abovementioned countries, as well as for establishing a webpage to provide a basic platform for strengthening scientific and economic exchange among all the countries. Minister Zhang Jianlong expressed his hope that we will soon witness actual results in this area.


The two Ministers agreed that the webpage be launched for the 25th anniversary of China’s recognition of Slovenia as an independent state. The two Ministers want to mark this opportunity with the signing of a possible economic memorandum or contract.


Minister Zhang, who already visited Slovenia, considered Slovenian forests to be of very high quality. He highlighted that business contacts and business agreements between the two countries have considerably strengthened since the visit of Minister Židan and his business delegation to China last year. This was also encouraged by improved communication between the two countries’ chambers of commerce. "On these platforms we can further strengthen and expand our cooperation in this area," stressed Minister Zhang.


To Minister Židan, the third meeting of the ministers of forestry means a step forward in enhancing the cooperation in this area. He pinpointed three research sets, namely, the resistance of forests, innovative and flexible bioeconomy, and education in forestry.


In connection with this, Minister Židan wants to further the promotion of high-tech wood-based products, forest-wood equipment, and new business opportunities. Minister Zhang expressed his support, in particular, for the scientific cooperation on forestry, which, according to him, can provide a basis for strengthening bilateral cooperation between Slovenia and China.


The Ministers also exchanged their experience in detecting pests in forests. China, too, uses drones to prevent the spread of fires and to detect pests. "This is a project where our two countries can seek common solutions," believes Minister Židan.


This afternoon Minister Židan will meet with the management of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the People's Republic of China, where he will advocate expediting procedures for the export of Slovenian products to China.


On Wednesday and Thursday Minister Židan will continue his visit in Hong Kong, where he will meet with the Governor of the Hong Kong Province and attend the opening of the International Wine and Spirits Fair, one of the largest and most important fairs promoting wine, alcoholic beverages and food products in Asia. The fair is intended, in particular, for the expert public and sales activities. The Republic of Slovenia will be present at this fair for the first time and will have the special status of state guest.


The economic delegation of Slovenia will be represented by 16 wine growers and, additionally, the Berryshka company and the Kocbek Oil Mill.


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