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BGI Participates in the 6th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries
Publish Date: 2017-12-01

Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 27, 2017 – BGI Wuhan, Wuhan Bio-industry Base and the Latvian Ministry of Economics signed an agreement to expand collaboration in life sciences at the 6th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries.

Representatives from BGI Wuhan, Wuhan National Bio-industry Base Construction Management Office, and the Ministry of Economics of Latvia signed an tripartite Memorandum of Understanding  to deepen collaboration in the life science economy, including establishing a joint life science and technology center to improve people’s livelihood, boost economic development and increase cooperation for mutual benefit.

BGI CEO Feng Mu, Executive Vice President Duncan Yu and other representatives of BGI attended the Summit, where Feng illustrated the sequencers developed and produced by BGI, their applications and future prospects. Heads of state attending the Summit included Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, and Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis of the Republic of Latvia.

Yu also delivered a speech about BGI’s practice in countries along Belt and Road in the panel discussion: Agricultural and Environmental Technology in the Business Forum of China and Central and Eastern European Countries. He mentioned BGI’s collaboration with Laos on the establishment and operation of Laos-China Park of Science & Technology in Modern Agriculture, as well as the application of gene technology to prevention and control of hydatid disease in Tibet Autonomous Region.

 “BGI has already cooperated with countries along the Belt and Road, such as Hungary, Latvia and the Netherlands, to help accelerate local development of life science research, technology, and education, to improve human health with advanced gene technology and applications,” Yu said.

Meanwhile, BGI and Debrecen University further refined their Memorandum of Understanding signed 20th June, 2017, at the CEEC-China Health Ministers’ Meeting. Ryan Liu, General Manager of BGI Genomics in Europe, stated that they would continue to provide ongoing technical support and expertise with local partners in Hungary on establishing a localization platform to jointly promote the development of precision medicine.

 Other attendees of the 6th Summit included Chairman of the Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of the Republic of Bulgaria, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of Republic of Croatia, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Jyri Ratas of the Republic of Estonia, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis of the Republic of Lithuania, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of the Republic of Macedonia, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic of Montenegro, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo of the Republic of Poland, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic of the Republic of Serbia, Prime Minister Robert Fico of the Slovak Republic, Prime Minister Miro Cerar of the Republic of Slovenia, Deputy Prime Minister Senida Mesi of the Republic of Albania and Deputy Prime Minister Paul Stanescu of Romania. They expressed appreciation and gratitude to Hungary for the efforts it had made as the host country to ensure the success of the meeting. Representatives of Austria, Belarus, Greece, Switzerland, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the European Union were present as observers. The participants will explore innovative ways of cooperation and continue to build a lasting partnership in the 16+1 framework following principles of openness, inclusiveness and mutual benefit, thus elevating their ties to a higher level.