Vice Minister Han Jun, on behalf of Minister Han Changfu, met with Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo in Beijing on December 13.
Han Jun said that as China and Colombia have high political and mutual trust and frequent high-level exchanges, bilateral agricultural cooperation between the two sides enjoys broad prospects. On deepening China-Colombia agricultural cooperation, Han Jun made 4 proposals: first, China would like to expand the import of agricultural products from Colombia to meet domestic demand and hopes that Colombia will strengthen the quarantine of and quality control over agricultural products; second, China wants to strengthen the cooperation on science and technology of tropical agriculture with Colombia and implement the Memorandum of Understanding of the Cooperation on Science and Technology for Tropical Agriculture between China and Colombia; third, the two sides should improve the cooperation mechanism between the two ministries of agriculture and push for the convening of the 4th meeting of China-Colombia Joint Committee on Agriculture in 2019; fourth, China encourages its companies to invest in Colombia’s agriculture and hopes for support from the Colombian side.
Mr. Trujillo fully agreed with those proposals and said that as the Colombian government attaches great importance to its agricultural cooperation with China, it hopes to accelerate the integration of its domestic agricultural industrial chain with the help of the Chinese side. Colombia welcomes Chinese investment in its food and fruit industry and will promote the export of high-quality agricultural and livestock products to China so as to enhance common agricultural development of the two countries.