Venezuela and the People’s Republic of China signed 28 bilateral agreements during the XVI High Level Mixed Commission with the objective of strengthening the commercial, economic, agricultural, educational and cultural fields of both nations.
At a ceremony held in the Great Hall of the People, located in Beijing, China, the representatives of the Executive Cabinet of both countries proceeded to sign the last 14 memorandums of understanding, in the presence of the venezuelan presidents Nicolás Maduro and his counterpart, Xi Jinping.
The first signed memorandum of understanding was the cooperation in the framework of the Economic Strip of the Maritime Route of the Twenty-first Century and the renewal of the educational exchange for the period 2018-2023, which was in charge of the vice president of the National Committee of the Positive Conference of the Chinese Peoples, the Minister of Education of China and the president of the National Reform Commission, while Venezuela was represented by the Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, and the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Hugbel Roa.
The second agreement signed between the Asian and Caribbean nation was the one for agricultural cooperation signed between the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China and the ministers Jorge Arreaza and Simón Zerpa.
Next, the Minister of Foreign Trade and International Investment, Yomana Koteich, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Simón Zerpa and their Chinese counterpart proceeded to sign the memorandum of understanding to strengthen economic and commercial cooperation.
In terms of commercial defense and the renovation of the cultural program for the 2018-2020 period, the Minister of Internal Trade, William Contreras; the Sectoral Vice President of Communication, Tourism and Culture, Jorge Rodríguez and the Minister of Culture and Tourism of China signed the agreement.
Finally, the agreements on inter-institutional cooperation and understanding on cooperation for the development of human resources were signed by the president of the National Bureau of Statistics of China, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and Minister Simón Zerpa, who, jointly with the president of the Development Research Center of the State Council signed a memorandum to enhance the work of the Ministries of Economy and Finance of both nations.