China and Central-Eastern European Countries Business Council ( China-CEEC Business Coucil)
Established during the 3rd Summit of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in Belgrad on 16th of December 2014 and appointed by virtue of the Belgrade Guidelines.
In order to promote economic cooperation, trade and investment between participants of the „16+1” formula the parties decided to:
(4) Welcome and support the establishment of the executive body of the China-CEEC Business Council in Warsaw, Poland, and invite relevant Chinese and CEEC business associations, organizations and businesses to join on a voluntary basis.
The establishment of the China-CEEC Business Council was also noted by Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang during the Economic and Trade Forum opening ceremony in Belgrad:
It gives me a great pleasure to come to the beautiful country of Serbia and attend the fourth China and Central and Eastern European Countries Economic and Trade Forum. During this forum, the China-CEEC Business Council will be established, which will mark a new step forward in our cooperation.
Legal basis and documents
- the concept of the Business Council was elaborated on 26th of November 2013 during the 2nd Summit of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in Bucharest. It has been enshrined in the Bucharest Guidelines for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (Bucharest Guidelines) signed on that day.
- the Business Council was appointed by virtue of the Belgrade Guidelines signed in Belgrade on 16th of December 2014 during the 3rd Summit of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European Countries
- in order to promote the establishment and take the responsibility for the daily operations of the China-CEEC Business Council, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) together with China Council for the Promotion of International (CCPIT) signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Polish Agency for Enterprise and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade on jointly promoting the establishment of China-CEEC Business Council . The document was signed in Belgrade on 16th of December 2014
- as a result of the Business Council meeting which was held on 20 April 2015 in Katowice, the representatives of CEEC and China developed the Principles of Functioning of the Business Council
Objectives and tasks
- To network and to promote economic cooperation between enterprises, chambers of commerce and other public and private business environment organisations (including trade and investment promotion agencies) from China and Central and Eastern European countries
- To exchange information on actions taken by Council members for the development of investments and trade between China and Central and Eastern European countries
Business Council membership
- The Business Council is composed of public and private business support organisations from China and Central and Eastern European countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary) that engage in trade promotion and development of mutual economic relations.
- Detailed list of the Business Council members is listed in the "Members" section.
- Potential Council members have been identified with the help of competent authorities of Central and Eastern European countries and China.
- Membership in the Business Council is voluntary.
- Other public and private business support organisations from China and Central and Eastern European countries may become members of the Business Council by applying to the Business Council coordinators listed in the "Contact" section.
- Representatives of governments, business support institutions and experts other than permanent members of the Council, may be invited to join meetings of the Business Council.