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H.E. Mr. Hu Zhaoming, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Croatia, visits Vukovar-Srijem County

On 2nd and 3rd July, H.E. Mr Hu Zhaoming, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Croatia, visited easternmost part of Croatia, Vukovar-Srijem County. During his visit, he met with the Prefect of the County, Mr. Božo Galić and the Mayor of the County's capital Vukovar, Mr. Ivan Penava. Furthermore, he also met with the local entrepreneurs and visited Borovo shoe factory and a local cattle farm.


In the meeting with Mr. Galić and Mr. Penava, H.E. Ambassador Hu Zhaoming said that this was his first time in 4 months since taking up office to pay a visit outside Zagreb and he was very happy to have the opportunity to visit Croatia's easternmost part. He said that Vukovar-Srijem County's economy was lagged behind because of the war, but we thought it was a land with great prospects and the future of Croatia's development. This year is the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Croatia and the bilateral relations are now standing on the new starting point, facing the important opportunity for development. We hope that the mass of public of the two countries, including people of Vukovar-Srijem County can participate more in the progress of China-Croatia relations and hence benefit from bilateral friendly cooperation. Chinese side is willing to strengthen the cooperation with Vukovar-Srijem County in areas of agriculture, tourism, wooden industry, port construction, culture, support the recovery of the economy and increasing employment of the region. The Embassy of China is willing to assist the city of Vukovar on the development of a local primary school and make contribution to the development of adolescent.

Mr. Galić and Mr. Penava thanked Ambassador Hu for his visit and concrete suggestion for bilateral cooperation and said that diplomatic envoys rarely visits to Vukovar-Srijem County and the City of Vukovar. They emphasized that they were making great efforts to improve the economic situation and earnestly hoping for the foreign investment. Visit of Ambassador Hu marked the new starting point for China's cooperation with Vukovar County and they hope that more and more Chinese investors and tourists will come here. Vukovar-Srijem County wholeheartedly hopes that China-Croatia relations will achieve greater development and they are willing to participate in the cooperation with China, which they believe will facilitate the economic recovery of Vukovar-Srijem County.

During the discussion with the entrepreneurs in the Chamber of Commerce of Vukovar-Srijem County, Ambassador Hu attentively listened to the introduction of the entrepreneurs and responded to their request for bilateral cooperation. Ambassador Hu introduced the development and bright prospects of China and, encouraged the local enterprises to strengthen cooperation with Chinese counterparts and explore cooperation scope so as to make contribution to the development of China-Croatia relationship, which is on the new starting point.


When visiting shoe factory and cattle farm, Ambassador Hu respectively discussed with the directors and farmer, gained the insight of the production, marketing and local government's policy support for the products and discussed the future cooperation.

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