The District Governor welcomed a high-standing delegation from China in connection with the 30th anniversary of the twinning of Plovdiv district, Bulgaria and Tianjin, China

On July 13, 2019, the District Governor of Plovdiv District, Mr. Zdravko Dimitrov, welcomed a high-standing delegation from China led by Mr. Li Hongzhong, a member of the 19th Politburo of the Communist Party of China and Communist Party Secretary of Tianjin, in connection with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the twinning of Plovdiv district and the city of Tianjin.

The official meeting on the Bulgarian side was attended by Mr. Zdravko Dimitrov – District Governor of Plovdiv District, Mr. Tsvetomir Paunov – Administrative Secretary of PP GERB and Regional Coordinator of PP GERB Sofia-city; Mrs. Evelina Apostolova – Deputy District Governor of Plovdiv District, Mr. Petar Petrov – Deputy District Governor of Plovdiv District, Mr. Borislav Dimov – Chief Secretary of District Administration – Plovdiv, Mrs. Irina Beleva – General Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in Shanghai (2011-2015) and Senior Advisor to the Bulgarian-Chinese Business Development Association and Mr. Krastyo Belev – Representative in Beijing of the Bulgarian-Chinese Business Development Association.

The Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Li Hongzhong, a member of the 19th Politburo of the Communist Party of China and Communist Party Secretary of Tianjin, and the delegates: Mr. Qian Hongshan – Assistant Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China, Mr. Li Yi – Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the CCP Town Committee in Tianjin and Secretary General of the CCP Town Committee Secretariat in Tianjin, Mr. Jin Xiangjun– Deputy Mayor of Tianjin, Mrs. Gong Yuan – Vice-Director of the Euro-Asian Department of the International Department of CPC, H.E. Dong Xiaojun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China in Bulgaria and other high-standing guests.  

During the official meeting, the District Governor, as a host, expressed his gratitude to the delegates for their participation and presented Plovdiv region, highlighting its advantages in the field of agriculture, wine making, industry and Thrace Economic Zone, education, tourism and culture and last but not least the extremely good cooperation with China and the only real and sustainable Chinese investment in Plovdiv region – that of Tianjin Food Group Bulgaria.

For his part, Mr. Li Hongzhong expressed his gratitude and honor to be a guest in Plovdiv region, as well as his satisfaction with the common efforts to achieve real results, not forgetting the excitement of the harvest visit and harvesting in the fields of Plovdiv district shortly before the meeting. Mr. Li Hongzhong noted that a strong base at the governmental level gives grounds to continue the progress of agricultural cooperation, science, technology, culture and tourism, as well as to consider opportunities for the development of Plovdiv Airport.

After the bilateral meeting, Mr. Zdravko Dimitrov, District Governor of Plovdiv District and Mr. Dzin Tsianjiang, Deputy Mayor of Tianjin – heads of the Bulgarian and the Chinese sides, exchanged protocol gifts and signed a Declaration of Cooperation marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of a twinning relationship between Plovdiv and Tianjin, with official witnesses Mr. Tsvetomir Paunov and Mr. Li Hongzhong.

Following the Declaration of Cooperation, Letters of intention for trade cooperation were signed between: Tianjin Food Group Bulgaria and the Center for Promotion of Agricultural Cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European Countries 16+1, Tianjin Food Group Bulgaria and “Agriaffaires” Ltd. – production and trade of cereals, Tianjin Food Group Bulgaria and Abrant Group Spain.

The meeting ended with an interesting artistic program, including performances by artists from the Tianjin Music Theater and the Beijing Opera Academy in Tianjin, as well as demonstrations of ancient Chinese applied arts and crafts.

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