During the ministerial conference held at Brdo pri Kranju, on August 25, as a part of the 12th Agro-trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, 16 Central and East European countries and China pass a statement on boosting their cooperation in agriculture and food safety. Participants of the ministerial conference, which was organized within the framework of the 16+1 initiative, discussed the importance of developing food chains on both local and global levels. The Minister of Agriculture of Slovenia, Dejan Židan, and his Chinese counterpart, Han Changfu, commented on the successful results achieved during the negotiations of the two countries on both bilateral and multilateral levels. Židan also mentioned the 84% growth in Slovenian export to China in 2016. In order to realize the “great potential”, especially distinguished by Slovenia and China, the Chinese minister promised to support holding of further forums devoted to food safety and other agricultural issues, establishing joint laboratories and developing food processing technologies. The statement signed during the ministerial conference is intended to accelerate cooperation in sustainable agricultural production, processing and scientific research. The next, 13th forum will be held in Lithuania in 2018.