NIKOLIC, XI JINPING DISCUSS DEEPENING COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIA, CHINA
BEIJING, 30 March 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Chinese President Xi Jinpiing met in Beijing on March 30 to discuss deepening cooperation and realizing joint projects. Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he would personally encourage Chinese entrepreneurs to participate in the realization of joint projects, adding that all doors had been opened to them after the signing of the Agreement on Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation between Serbia and China, a statement posted on the Presidency's website has said. Xi voiced his satisfaction with cooperation in the One Belt - One Road project and Serbia's active role in the "16 plus 1" initiative, adding that China was ready to support the creation of a Center for Building Infrastructure in that project. He said that China saw Serbia as a "steel friend," adding that the country would donate CNY100 million to Serbia, the statement said. He said that he had received with great satisfaction the news that Macedonia and Greece were interested, in addition to Serbia, in the engagement of China in building a waterway between the Danube, Morava, Vardar and the Aegean Sea. After the end of the official part of the meeting with the Chinese president, Nikolic was presented with an honorary citizen of Beijing declaration, which recognizes his personal contribution to advancing friendly ties between the two nations. Earlier on March 30, the Serbian president met with a delegation from the Huawei company, Liten Group and Shanghai Leasing, to whom he presented all the advantages of investing in the Serbian economy. Nikolic will finish his official visit to China with a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang and Speaker of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang on March 31.
GERMAN COMPANIES SEEK SUPPLIERS IN SERBIA
BEOGRAD, 30 March 2017 (Beta) - Representatives of 10 companies from the German province of North Rhine-Westphalia from the metals sector talked in Belgrade on March 30 with potential suppliers from Serbia. Ninety Serbian companies have qualified for the talks. The talks were held at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, within the Supplier Initiative of German Companies project, and it was announced that such meetings would also be held with suppliers in the food sector. The executive member of the Managing Board of the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Martin Knapp, recollected that the project had begun two years ago and that it had turned out that there were many small and medium enterprises in Serbia which met the conditions for becoming the suppliers of German companies. He said they had a good database of all potential suppliers from Serbia. "We are able to offer this service to individual German companies, but also to provinces, like the North Rhine-Westphalia, which is a region with more than 18 million people and the heart of Germany's industry, the so-called Ruhr district," Knapp said. The president of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Marko Cadez, said that companies from Serbia were competitive both in price and quality. He said that companies which became the suppliers of major companies had to meet high standards, which improved their competitiveness in obtaining new contracts.