A delegation of Lithuanian authorities and business representatives headed by Government Chancellor Algirdas Stončaitis will visit China in early November. They will attend the “Second International China Import Expo”, which will discuss Lithuanian-Chinese cooperation.
The Chancellor will attend the exhibition in Shanghai on November 3 – 9, at the invitation of China. During last year’s exposition president Dalia Grybauskaitė represented Lithuania. This year Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis received an invitation, however, due to health complications could not accept.
“Many Lithuanian companies will also take part in the exposition. The attendance of the Government Chancellor is important in showing support for Lithuanian business seeking closer cooperation with China.”. – the Chancellery said.
This year, the participating companies are: “Pieno Žvaigdžės”, “Gubobelė”, “Mantinga”, “Melt water”, “Vilniaus alus”, “Imlitex China”, “Daumantai”, “Grainmore”, “Baltmax”, “Aromika”, “Baltic Flax” among others.
Visiting Lithuanian authorities include Vice Ministers of Agriculture and Economy and Innovation Evaldas Gustas and Marius Skuodis, Chairman of parliament Economic Committee Rimantas Sinkevičius, Lithuanian Ambassador to China Ina Marčiulionytė, “Versli Lietuva” director Daina Kleponė and others.
Last year representatives of 172 countries and more than 3600 companies took part in the exhibition. This year, over 60 countries will have their separate pavilion. Among them are Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Austria. From the Baltic Sea region, Poland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark will participate.
A. Stončaitis is also invited to take part and speak at the Global Digital Trade Conference in China.
Future prospects for the Lithuanian laser industry
During the visit, the Chancellor will open a Lithuanian-Chinese laser science and industry conference. It is expected that the state Center for Physical and Technological Sciences will sign a memorandum of cooperation with the Shandong Academy of Sciences. China is currently the biggest market for Lithuanian laser industry manufacturers. Lithuanian and Chinese scientists have been discussing opportunities for closer cooperation for many years.
Vilnius University Laser research center, Physics and technology science center, representatives of “QS Lasers”, “Femtika”, “Atechna”, “Optonas”, “3 fotonai” and “Cognitio” will attend the laser conference.
A visit to Bengbu will announce the launch of the Lithuanian Information and Culture Center project. The project was designed by Lithuanian architects to promote more active cultural exchange and tourism.
Economic ties between Lithuania and China remain limited, however, the volume of trade has been increasing in recent years. According to the Statistics Department of Lithuania, China ranks 24th among export partners (154,3 million euros, 25,3% more than last year) and 10th in import (625 million euros, 11% increase).