Picture source: State Ministry Baden-Württemberg
On 25. September 2018, the Minister of Economic Affairs Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut received a high-ranking delegation from the Chinese partner province of Jiangsu. The cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and Jiangsu should be further strengthened. For about 30 years, both regions have maintained close relationships.
“For Baden-Württemberg, China is one of the most important export countries. Therefore, I am very pleased about the strengthening of the partnership between Jiangsu and Baden-Württemberg, “said Minister of Economic Affairs Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut in Stuttgart during a visit by the Governor of Jiangsu Province, Wu Zhenglong.
For about 30 years, Baden-Württemberg has maintained close ties with Jiangsu Province in eastern China. In 1994, both regions signed an official partnership declaration. “Since then, a lot has changed,” said the Minister. “And that’s why it’s time to strengthen our partnership today and give the cooperation of our regions a further boost,” continued Hoffmeister-Kraut.
By signing the partnership agreement between the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Württemberg and Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission, the two regions reaffirmed this wish. The want to set an example of intensive cooperation in the future, especially in future fields such as mobility, Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence. “Only together can we solve the great tasks of our time,” said the Minister. “This includes the fight against climate change, the protection of natural resources and the promotion of good, cooperative and above all peaceful cooperation.”
In addition to the partnership agreement between the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Württemberg and Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission, two further partnership agreements have also been signed: An agreement between Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI), as well as an agreement between BMTS Technology GmbH & Co. KG and the Jintan Development Zone.
At present, around 600 companies from Baden-Württemberg are active in China, while around 110 Chinese companies are based in Baden-Württemberg.