During a reception at the Ministry of Commerce of the Peoples Republic of China (MofCom) on 19 September 2014, Director General Dr. Sven Halldorn (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dept. Industrial Policy) and Director General Li Chenggang (MofCom, Dept. Treaty and Law) agreed on a Joint Declaration that emphasizes the wish of both ministries to intensify bilateral exchange in legal and political aspects of market surveillance. Dr. Kirstina Heussner, the economic counsellor of the German Embassy in Beijing, witnessed the initialing of the Joint Declaration.
Close cooperation between Germany and China in the field of market surveillance shall contribute to a continuously improved safety and quality of products which are traded between both countries. In their Joint Declaration, MofCom and BMWi also agreed on a set of measures to further the cooperation. These are amongst others the exchange of information about rules and regulations, a close cooperation between German and Chinese authorities and the involvement of actors from relevant private bodies and the industry. Thereby, the exchange shall not only regard the political but also the technical level.
The Joint Declaration will be officially signed during the 2014 Sino-German Governmental Consultations.