Chişinău, November 6, 2018 – Deputy Speaker Vladimir Vitiuc met the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Moldova, E. Yinghong Zhang and the Moldovan-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Vladimir Vitiuc is the chairman of the Friendship Parliamentary Group with China. The talks were attended by the President of the Commission for Foreign Policy and European Integration, Mrs. Violeta Ivanov and the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova at PACE, Mr. Marian Lupu.
Discussions related to the development of joint projects in various fields: the initiation of inter-cultural, commercial and economic relations, tourism and others. Vladimir Vitiuc welcomed the interest of Chinese businessmen to the RM, mentioning the interest in attracting and diversifying Chinese investments in the Moldovan economy. “The reforms in the PRC that happened over the past 40 years are illustrative and serve as an example for Moldovan legislative authorities to lead this experience”, said Mr. Vitiuc.
One of the important short-term targets of both sides is the signing of the Free Trade Agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Moldova. It is expected that in December 2018 the fourth round of negotiations will take place in the PRC
E. Yinghong Zhang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, mentioned the positive dynamics of the development of Moldovan-Chinese relations in recent years. Political and economic cooperation is steadily increasing. In the last six months, trade has increased significantly (in 2018, wine exports to the PRC increased by 50%).
Mr. Ambassador also highlighted the advantages of simplifying the obtaining of entry visas in the Republic of Moldova for Chinese citizens. In this respect, in 2018 the flow of tourists from the Republic of Moldova increased three times. The Embassy of China has proposed a project to abolish the visa regime between both states.
The implementation of the “Silk Road” economic initiative was discussed, and it was foreseen as an important mechanism for participating in major investment and infrastructure projects.
During the session, the Republic of Moldova was admitted as a beneficiary third country of the projects in the “16 + 1” economic cooperation format. The “16 + 1” format refers to various mechanisms and collaborations between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries. Similarly, for the Republic of Moldova, the importance of the issue of aquatic infrastructure development in the form of an agreement on the management of water resources between the PRC-HUNGARY-RM was discussed.
The President of the Moldovan-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (MCCC), Mr. Victor Durlesteanu, presented at the meetings of the Moldovan-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the three-format: Moldova-People’s Republic of China-MCCC.
One of the suggestions is to organize an event under the generic “Year of China” in the Republic of Moldova, which will aim at promoting Chinese culture and scientific and technical achievements. The following will be the “Year of Moldova” in the People’s Republic of China to give Chinese citizens the opportunity to get closer to Moldova’s culture, customs and products.
Also, the need for the attraction of industrial developers to the Republic of Moldova was discussed at the meeting. Developers specialized in the development of industrial platforms with updated infrastructure according to the market requirements; promoting new intelligent investment concepts in the Republic of Moldova; studying the needs of Chinese investors in light industry and offering flexible investment opportunities in ZELs in the Republic of Moldova; increasing the tourism in the Republic of Moldova by organizing a complex system in this regard, as a first step is the simplification of the procedures for the issuance of visas for the Chinese citizens.
Mr. Marian Lupu, President of a delegation of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova to PACE, presented a project to organize this systematic meeting. From the point of view of the foreign policy of the Republic of Moldova, there is a need to make the bilateral relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Moldova dynamic.
The Moldovan Parliament again confirmed its intention to further support the idea of strengthening relations between the two countries.