Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis (4th R) visits Chinese stand during the International Exhibition for Agriculture and Food Industry AgroBalt 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania, on May 24, 2018. The International Exhibition for Agriculture and Food Industry AgroBalt 2018, which started on Thursday in Vilnius, attracted 200 participants from 24 countries, including a big delegation from China. (Xinhua/Guo Mingfang)
VILNIUS, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The International Exhibition for Agriculture and Food Industry AgroBalt 2018, which started on Thursday in Vilnius, attracted 200 participants from 24 countries, including a big delegation from China.
With 24 Chinese companies present, the Chinese exhibition stand attracted a lot of visitors, including Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Agriculture Minister Giedrius Surplys.
"More and more Lithuanians enjoy Chinese food and Chinese products. I myself just tasted some delicious Chinese food at the Chinese exhibition stand," the agriculture minister told Xinhua.
He said the Lithuanian government attached great importance to the Chinese market and was looking forward to trade cooperation with China, not only for exports, but also imports.
With regard to the China International Import Expo to be held in Shanghai in November, the minister believed and hoped that Lithuania "would bring our best (to the exhibition) and we would learn about China's best possibilities to trade".
Rolandas Taraskevicius, adviser of Lithuania's agricultural minister, said that AgroBalt is more businesses-oriented event rather than exhibition for farmers.
In the words of Taraskevicius, AgroBalt opens a good opportunity for businesses to present themselves to potential partners and clients.
According to the Lithuanian official, the visit of Chinese delegation gives a unique possibility for Lithuanian business people as Chinese exporters, traders and distributors are among the delegates.
"It shows that they are ready to offer some opportunities to Lithuania, it is an exclusive chance," Taraskevicius was quoted as saying by local media after he visited the exhibition.
The international meeting of ministers of agriculture on the grounds of 16+1 cooperation framework, involving Central and Eastern European countries and China, will take place during AgroBalt. The exhibition will continue until May 26.