After signing the Agreement on Establishing Friendly Relations between the city of Kragujevac and the City of Xi’an from People’s Republic of China, the delegations of the two cities held their first working meeting in Belgrade hotel Crowne Plaza.
The delegation of Xi’an was lead by Wei Minzhou, member of the Standing Committee of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Secretary of the City Committee of the Communist Party in Xi’an. Apart from them the members of the delegation were: Mrs. Liang Wanqiung, Director of the Xi’an Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Jiang Guang Ting, Secretary of the Committee of the Communist Party of China in the city district Yanta, Miao Bao-Ming, Director of Xi’an Municipal Urban and Rural Construction Committee, Yang Liuqi, Secretary of Party Committee of Administrative Committee of Chanba Ecological District and Jiang Zhen, Deputy Head of the Xi’an Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office.
On this occasion Wei Minzhou expressed his pleasure about the twinning of the home towns of the president of Serbia, Mr Tomislav Nikolić and president of China Mr Xi Jiping. He emphasized the significance of the new concept of silk road promoted by the Chinese president in 2013 and expressed his wishes for Kragujevac to join that road already on the next meeting which will be held in September this year in Xi’an. Even though the two cities differ in size and population, they have many things in common, such as cultural and historical significance in their respective countries.
The first working meeting was a chance for Xi’an delegation to learn about projects being realized with the purpose of development of the City of Kragujevac in the future. Members of our delegation: Minja Obradović, member of the City Council in charge of Investments and Project Management, Miljan Bjeletić, member of the City Council in charge of Culture, dr Gordana Damnjanović, member of the City Council in charge of Health and Social Service, Ivica MOmčilović, Deputy Mayor, Miroslav Petrašinović, President of the City Assembly, Predrag Lučić, president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce, prof. dr Nebojša Arsenijević, the rector of the University of Kragujevac, Nenad Popović, director of Regional Economic Development Agency for Šumadija and Pomoravlje, Aleksandar Rudnik, director of the Agency for Urban Development, all lead by the Mayor of Kragujevac, Radomir Nikolić presented the current projects and plans for the future in various fields.
Expressing his gratitude for the valuable gift from Xi’an to Kragujevac – replicas of terracotta soldiers, Mayor Nikolić said that the City of Kragujevac already cooperates with Xi’an, since our representatives visited this Chinese city and the cooperation has been established with Chinese companies which will realize significant projects in Kragujevac. We believe that Kragujevac will benefit immensely from the contacts established with China and Chinese companies, which will, among other things, be one of the factors to lead Kragujevac out of the crisis.