On April 10, 2018, Vice Minister Huang Wei of the Ministry of Science and Technology met with Bulgarian Ambassador in China Grigor Porozhanov. The two sides exchanged views in an in-depth manner on strengthening China-Bulgaria cooperation in science and technology innovation, as well as on matters concerning the 16th Session of China-Bulgaria Scientific and Technological Cooperation Committee due to be held in Bulgaria at the end of April this year.
Vice Minister Huang Wei briefed the Bulgarian side on the basic situation of science and technology innovation in China and China’s measures for international cooperation in science and technology innovation, in particular, the Belt and Road Science and Technology Innovation Action Plan currently under steady promotion which consists of the 4 actions of people-to-people exchanges in science and technology, joint laboratory building, science park cooperation, and technology transfer. Vice Minister Huang Wei remarked that China-Bulgaria cooperation in science and technology started since the founding of New China and the China-Bulgaria Intergovernmental Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation was among the earliest that China signed with foreign governments. Huang Wei continued that for over 60 years we enjoyed closer bilateral cooperation, our scientific and technological personnel have established profound friendships, the departments of science and technology in both countries have maintained sound cooperation and we have made great achievements in science and technology innovation, making contributions to bilateral relations, social and economic development and happiness of the peoples. He stated that China is willing to work with the Bulgarian side and take the 16th Session of China-Bulgaria Scientific and Technological Cooperation Committee as an opportunity to push forward continuous new progress in bilateral cooperation in science and technology innovation in the new era, make due contributions in bilateral relations and add new content to the cooperation along the Belt and Road and to the “16+1” cooperation.
Ambassador Grigor Porozhanov expressed his appreciation for the remarks made by Vice Minister Huang Wei. He pointed out that Bulgaria attaches importance to its cooperation with China and the science communities of the two countries have established close cooperative relations and achieved fruitful results, which was applauded by the Bulgarian side. Bulgaria is willing to be involved in the building of the Belt and Road and the “16+1” cooperation platforms under the inter-governmental cooperation framework of the two countries, and deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation in science and technology innovation. Ambassador Grigor Porozhanov wished the delegation of the Ministry of Science and Technology great success and fruitful outcomes on its visit to Bulgaria.