June 07, 2019

Ningbo: The China and Central and South Eastern Europe Mayors Forum

As a special guest at the opening ceremony of the China and Central and South Eastern Europe Mayors Forum, former President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic delivered following speech:

Distinguished Mayors,
Your excellences,
Ladies and gentlemen

I am honoured to be here at the Summit held in your beautiful city and thankful for the opportunity to address you. First of all, I would like to express the highest appreciation for Montenegro-China relations. Those are excellent in all fields.

Montenegro has been realizing the most important project in its history-highway from the coast to the border with Serbia and Central and West Europe. Chinese EXIM Bank is dominantly loaning and the highway is being built by China s prominent company CRBC. First and hardest part of this highway will be finished during next year.

Montenegro s state University established fruitful partnership with Confucius Institute giving excellent opportunity for cooperation in science and education.

Traditional Chinese medicine has in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, a very good Center for high level medical treatments.

I am glad to witness the further development of the local cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries. Local cooperation is one of the key values pointed out in almost every final document, guidelines, adopted at the 16+1 Summits, from 2012 to this year. In the “Dubrovnik Guidelines” participating countries positively commented the important role played by local cooperation.

Montenegro is proud of its contributions to such development. Our Capital City of Podgorica was the host of the very successful Second 16+1 Capital Mayors Forum, held in September 2017 where was adopted the Joint Declaration.

Among other points, it has been agreed that our capital cities will contribute:

*Focus on advancing mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of culture, tourism, education, sports, and traditional Chinese medicine;
* Further promote urban green development by adopting approaches such as improving energy efficiency and developing green tourism;
* Encourage the capitals to share experience in urban environmental management, sewage treatment, green space construction, air pollution control, public transport and other areas, so as to build a more livable city for our citizens;
* Encourage media cooperation and
* Carry on and deepen cultural dialogue.

It is important to stress out that during this significant meeting in Podgorica, the Business forum was also held, and ten cooperation agreements were signed .The signed agreements were a basis for further promotion of the investment potential in the fields of education, industrial production, processing, energy, environmental protection, transport infrastructure, tourism and agriculture.

We are dedicated towards deepening and expanding our cooperation at the local level which will bring visible results to all of our citizens. Montenegro and all our cities will continue to play an active role on this mission.

Three Montenegrin mayors from Bijelo Polje, Berane and Herceg Novi participate at this Summit in Ningbo. It shows a very high level of respect that Montenegro has for this Summit. I wish Ningbo s Summit to realize all goals with the highest achievements.

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