Infrastructure Minister Norbert Hofer visits Beijing

More matching points in fields of infrastructure, transport, innovation and technology

Photo: OSTA Director Philipp Agathonos, Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with MoST

Photo: Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with CR

The Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Mr Norbert Hofer, who the accompanied the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen during his state visit to China held a series of successful bilateral meetings in Beijing. OSTA prepared and assisted Minister Hofer during his stay.

On Monday, 9 April, Minister Hofer met the President of Huawei Europe and other senior representative of the company and discussed the potential arising from the application of new technologies, in particular 5G, in the field of telecommunication as well as the Cyber Security challenges linked to technological advancement.

Minister Hofer subsequently paid a visit to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and had a frank exchange of views with the newly appointed S&T Minister Mr Zhigang WANG on how to fully exploit the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BMVIT and MoST signed in front of the Presidents of the two countries on the previous day as well as cooperation strategies in the fields of smart city, energy buildings, green technology as well as infrastructure against natural disasters. Minister Hofer also signed with Mr WANG an MoU on the mobility of researchers on behalf of the Minister for Education, Science and Research, Mr Heinz Fassmann.

Accompanied by key representatives of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Minister Hofer also paid a visit to the CRRC Corporation Limited and to China Rail (CR).  The focus of the talks lay on railway cooperation in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative and on rolling stock cooperation on freight corridors between China and Europe. Two MoUs between the ÖBB and the CRRC as well as the ÖBB and the China Railway Group (CRECG) were signed in the presence of Minister Hofer.

Minister Hofer finally visited the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and met his counterpart, minister Xiaopeng Li. Both ministers underlined the importance of transportation and logistics for today’s global economy, and emphasized the need for a coordinated and balanced development in this sector.

On Tuesday, the 10th of April, Minister Hofer opened the Austrian Technology Day, which was organized by OSTA (on behalf of the FFG) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and witnessed the signing of eight agreements between Austrian and Chinese partners.

Minister Hofer concluded his stay in Beijing at the Beijing Air Traffic Control Centre further expanding the transport cooperation from railways to aerospace.

Minister Hofer’s high-level talks in Beijing underlined that Transport, Innovation and Technology are a key element of Austria’s strategy for a closer relationship and deepened cooperation between Austria and China.

*The MoUs, which was signed by Minster Hofer in the Great Hall of the People in presence of the Austrian President Van der Bellen and the Chinese President XI Jinping, included:

(1) A Joint Declaration on the deepening of cooperation in the field of applied research and innovation between BMVIT and MoST;
(2) An Action Plan for the period 2018-2020 between BMVIT and MoT;
(3) A Common Declaration on future cooperation within regard to the silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road initiative between BMVIT and NDRC;
(4) A Memorandum of Understanding between BMVIT and SIPO.


ÖBB Delegation visits China

Opening new opportunities of railway cooperation between Austria and China

Photo: Thomas Kargl, Walter Ruck, Andreas Matthä, Zhenfang LIU, Friedrich Stift, Philipp Agathonos, etc.

A Delegation of the Austrian Federal Railways – ÖBB -, composed by Mr Andreas Matthä (CEO of ÖBB), Ms Bettina Gusenbauer (Head of the Office of the CEO of ÖBB), Mr Thomas Kargl (Board Member, Rail Cargo), Mr Erik Regter (Board Member, Rail Cargo) and Ms Cornelia Scherhaufer (Board Member Assistant, Rail Cargo) paid a visit to China from 23th to 26th of October 2017.

On the 23th of October the ÖBB-Delegation visited the China Railway Corporation (CRC) and the National Railway Administration (NRA) in Beijing, accompanied by HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift and the OSTA Team headed by Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos. The President of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, Mr Walter Ruck, attended the first meeting as well. The visits laid the foundation for a deeper cooperation between Austria and China in the field of railway transportation.

The ÖBB-Delegation participated on October the 24tth at the China (Hunan Province) International Rail Transit Industrial Expo & High-level Forum 2017 in Zhuzhou. CEO Matthä held a presentation on the „ÖBB and its part in international cooperation and exchanges in rail transit industry within the framework of China’s Belt and Road Initiative”. Following the presentation the ÖBB-Delegation, accompanied by OSTA, visited production sites of the CRRC.

CEO Matthä also held a presentation on the 25th of October at the EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair in Chengdu, where the ÖBB-Delegation held interesting B2B meetings, i.a. with the Chengdu Investment Group regarding the export of goods from Austria and Central Europe by railway transport to western China. In parallel, Mr Thomas Kargl gave a brief introduction of ÖBB and Rail Cargo at the Southwest University of Transportation.

On 26th of October the ÖBB-Delegation held meetings with representatives of the Shenyang and Yingkou Ports in Shanghai.