On February 7th, Governor Liu Guozhong met Azerbaijan’s Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev and Azerbaijan ambassador to China Akram Zeynalli. Vice governor and secretary general of the provincial government Mr. Chen Guoqiang was also present at the meeting.
Liu Guozhong first extended his welcome to Minister Mustafayev by introducing to him that Shaanxi is the starting point of the ancient silk road and a crucial node on the Belt and Road with a long history, abundant energy resources, complete industrial system, strong science and education capacity and convenient transport. According to Governor Liu, Shaanxi’s 2017 GDP exceeded 2 trillion RMB, signaling a new era of economic and social development for the province. He also noted, by implementing President Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress of the CPC in the next five years, Shaanxi would accelerate high-quality development to play a more important role in building the Belt and Road. During President Aliyev’s state visit to China in 2015, he visited Shaanxi as the first stop, which greatly promoted the friendly relationship between the two countries. Governor Liu also expressed his hope to conduct more practical collaboration with Azerbaijan in energy, mineral resources, tourism, culture and automobile industry, etc for mutually beneficial development.
Minister Mustafayev responded that Shaanxi is a province that is both historic and modern with a unique role in the construction of the Belt and Road. He believed there was great potential for cooperation between the two sides and expressed his wish to promote in-depth cooperation and welcome more investments in Azerbaijan from Shaanxi.