Forth Meeting of the 16+1 Local Leaders “GLOBAL THINKING, LOCAL ACTION”


Saturday, 20 October 2018

Location: National Palace of Culture



Heads of Delegations are welcomed by H.E. Ms. Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and H.E. Mr. Nikolay Pehlivanov, Regional Governor of Sofia

Venue: Entrance A6




Opening ceremony


Venue: Hall 3 (Floor 7)



Remarks by:


  1. H.E. Mr. Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria


  1. Message from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (read by the Ambassador of China to Bulgaria)


  1. H.E. Mr. Cao Jianming, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People‘s Congress


  1. H.E. Mr. Emil Karanikolov, Minister for Economy of Bulgaria


  1. H.E. Mr. Tang Yijun, Governor of Liaoning Province, China


  1. H.E. Ms. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia


  1. H.E. Ms. Li Xiaolin, President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries


  1. H.E. Мr. Miroslav Novak, President 16 plus 1 Association of Provincial Governors


Master of Ceremony: H.E. Ms. Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

09.45 – 10.00


Coffee break


Venue: The lobby in front of Hall 3



10.00 – 12.00


Plenary session part I “Agriculture and Tourism”


Venue: Hall 3 (Floor 7)


Moderator: Dr. Mariana Malinova (Ms.), Associate Professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences



Interventions by:


Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Key note speech


Silvia Georgieva, Executive director of NAMRB


ZHAO Jiajun, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC Shandong Provincial Committee

,,New Shandong with New Growth Drivers"


Luben Kanchev, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria 


He Jinping, Vice Governor of Henan Provincial People's Government

,,Fostering Tourism Cooperation As the Bridge to Friendship’’


Li Jun, Deputy Secretary of Hainan Provincial Committee of the CPC

,,Breaking NEW Ground for Agri-Tourism Development through Win-Win Cooperation’’


Martin  Zahariev, Vice Chairman, National Board of Tourism

,,How to Increase the Visibility of Bulgaria and the Region as a Tourist Destination for the Chinese Tourists‘‘


Galina Stoyanova, Member of NAMRB Control Board, Mayor of Kazanlak municipality



,,Chongqing: A Land of Natural Beauty, A City with Cultural Appeal"


Sun Dongsheng", Vice Governor of Heilongjiang Province

,,Land of Ice & Snow, Unique Culture of Heilongjiang"


Hasan Azis, Deputy-President of NAMRB Managing Board, Mayor of Kardzhali municipality


XU XINRONG", Member of the Standing Committee of Shaanxi Provincial Party committee, Secretary of Yan'an Municipal Party Committee     

,,Welcome to Yan'an, a holy land in Shaanxi’’


YANG FENGCHUN", Vice Governor, People’s Government of Qinghai Province

,,Qinghai: A Magnificent Place on the World’s Roof"


Dragana Tončić, Head of Pirot District, Republic of Serbia


Yordan Yordanov, Mayor of Dobrich municipality


Qi Jun, Deputy Director General, Foreign Affairs Office of Gansu Provincial People’s Government

,,Strengthening Cooperation in Agriculture and Tourism and Sharing Achievements of Cooperation"


LI YUQIANG", Deputy  Director-General of Jiangxi Provincial Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office

,,Adjusting Measures to Differing Conditions to Make the Advantageous Industries Bigger and Stronger"


Ventsislav Varbanov, Chairman of the Board of Association of Agricultural Producers in Bulgaria

,,Cooperation and Investment Opportunities in the Field of Agriculture‘‘


Hu Zhirong, Council Members of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Chairman of Kaixinrong Group

,,Youth exchanges and cultural tourism exchanges between China and central and Eastern Europe’’


HUANG GUANGWEN", Chairman of Shandong Wonongde Technology Co. LTD

,,China-Central and Eastern European countries trade cooperation and development between agricultural organizations and agricultural enterprises"


Vasil Gelev, Executive Director of Association for the Promotion of Agricultural Cooperation between China and the CEE Countries

,,Digital 16+1 E-commerce Logistics Hub and Pavilion for Agricultural and other Products‘‘


Ivan Todorov, Chairman, Bulgarian Travel and Investment Development Centre in China





Buffet lunch on behalf of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria H.E. Mr. Boyko Borissov


Venue: Floor 8 of the NPC





Plenary session part II “Industrial and Demonstrative Parks and Zones and SMEs”


Venue: Hall 3 (Floor 7)


Moderator: Dr. Mariana Malinova (Ms.), Associate Professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences



Interventions by:


Iliya Lingorski, Chief Economist, Bulgarian Development Bank

,,Financial Instruments for SMEs and Industrial Zones‘‘

Stamen Yanev, Executive Director, Invest Bulgaria Agency


Hasan Azis, Deputy-President of NAMRB Managing Board, Mayor of Kardzhali municipality


SHANG BINYI, Vice Chairman of CPPCC Tianjin Municipal Committee

,,Welcome to Tianjin, the largest Port City of North China’


Zivko Todorov, Mayor of Stara Zagora municipality


Angel GHEORGHIU, Under Secretary of State from the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Republic of Romania


Ma Qiulin, Vice Governor of Jiangsu

,,Speech on the 4th 16+1 Local Leaders Meeting"


Svilen Rangelov, Representative of BESCO - the Bulgarian Startup Association 


Valdis Bārda, Mayor of Aloja Municipality, Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments


Li Guanding, Vice Mayor of Ningbo City,

,,Achieve Win-win Results by Practical Cooperation -An Introduction to Ningbo16+1 Demonstration Zone for Economic Cooperation and Trade"


Antoaneta Bares, Executive Director, National Company Industrial Zones


Plamen Panchev, Chairman, Trakia Economic Zone


Chen Yanbao, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Commerce of Heibei Province

,,Introduction  to  Profile  and  Investment  Cooperation  Opportunity  of  Hebei  Development  Area’’


Zoya Paunova, Executive director AstraZeneka Bulgaria


Arbjan Mazniku, Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Republic of Albania


 SONG YANLIN, Director General, Liaoning Provincial Department of Commerce

,,Speech on the 2nd Plenary Session of the 4th China-CEEC Local Leaders Meeting"


Georgi Terziiski, Governor Region Lovech


Gencho Genchev, Mayor of Svishtov municipality


WU LEQUN, Chairman, Great Tao Group

,,Speech on the 2nd Plenary Session of the 5th China-CEEC Local Leaders Meeting"


Evgeni  Savchev, Chairman, Association for International Relations with Agricultural Academy at Ministry of Agricultural and food of Republic of Bulgaria

,,Mixed-use Land Developments 16+1 Cultural and Trade Centers‘‘







15:30 – 17:00 


4th Working Meeting of the CEEC – China Association of Provincial Governors Venue: Hall 10 (Floor 8)


Host and Moderator: H.E. Mr. Nikolay Pehlivanov, Regional Governor of Sofia


Participants: representatives of all Chinese and CEEC official delegations (1 plus 1 for each delegation)





B2B Meetings


Venue: Halls 7,8 and 9 (Floor 5)





17.15 – 18:00


Bulgarian and Chinese Cultural programme


Venue: Azaryan Theater (Floor -1),  NPC