16+1 is an initiative of the government of China that aims to foster cooperation between China and the sixteen countries of Central and Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of Macedonia.
15. September 2017.
Podgorica,capital city of Montenegro – the youngest European state experienced in connecting differences – hosts the second gathering of Mayors of capital cities of Central and Eastern Europe and China Forum 16 plus 1. With some 200.000 inhabitants, Podgorica is also the smallest participant of the Forum, a circle of cities with a shared commitment to democratic values, sustainable inclusive development, preservation of cultural, historic, and natural heritage, readiness for exchange of experiences, and ideas, technological and scientific knowledge, as well as accomplishments in the field of culture and education.
Although with the shortest track record among the members of the Forum as a capital city, its centuries-long connecting of peoples and cultures have made Podgorica an urban agglomeration developed into the administrative, cultural, economic, educational and sport centre of modern-day Montenegro. Being on a crossroad of historical highways connecting the Adriatic Sea with the continental Balkans since time immemorial, Podgorica have been bridging its five rivers spreading, often rampantly, along their picturesque bank.
Dear participants and dear friends of the Forum,
It is my great honor and pleasure to welcome you, as a host, to the Second Forum of the Capital Mayors of Central and Eastern Europe and People’s Republic of China, which is organized within the cooperation "16 + 1".
This Forum is one of the largest international meetings being held in Montenegro since the renewal of its independence, and it is an excellent opportunity for Podgorica and Montenegro to prove ourselves as good hosts and to present our potentials in the best possible way.
The Forum is also a unique opportunity to promote the investment potentials of all participating countries in the field of industrial production, processing, energy, transport infrastructure, tourism and agriculture.
Only with a clear vision, united attitudes and joint performances, we may present our potentials to the large and developed markets such as China, and offer new opportunities for concrete cooperation in these areas in the interest of all Forum participants.