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Member Updates: Mr. Said Sharif at SCO Business Council Forum
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Member Updates: Mr. Said Sharif at SCO Business Council Forum
20 Jun 2018
On June 6, 2018, Mr. Said Sharif, Chairman of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Tajikistan Business Council, Vice Chairman of Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) and Chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan attended SCO Business Council Forum at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Mr. Sharif exchanged ideas of SCO Business Council development with delegates from China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. Mr. Sharif stressed that SCO is an important international organization aiming at promoting economic and trade cooperation. As a member of SCO, Tajikistan motivates private corporations to facilitate international trade and investment. “China is one of the most promising markets for Tajikistan corporations. Tajikistan Business Council will keep promoting business collaboration and building cooperation platforms between China and Tajikistan, and set a model for pragmatic cooperation among SCO member states”, Mr. Sharif added. SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, SRCIC Vice Chairman and Secretary-General Li Zhonghang also attended the forum.
B&R News: UN symposium highlights Belt & Road, sustainable development
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B&R News: UN symposium highlights Belt & Road, sustainable development
14 Jun 2018
A high-level symposium was held at the United Nations headquarters on Wednesday to find more links between the Belt and Road Initiative and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More than 100 people from around 50 missions and UN agencies attended the symposium, which was jointly sponsored by the Chinese mission to the United Nations, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Health Organization, and United Nations Development Programme. BRI A COMMITMENT TO SDGs, MULTILATERALISM UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak said on the symposium that China's Belt and Road Initiative represents a commitment to the the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and multilateralism. "Many countries are already seeing an increase in trade, economic growth and transfer of technology," he said. "These benefits, coupled with the right national policies, lead to the creation of decent jobs, poverty reduction and better infrastructure." The UNGA chief praised the initiative for bringing about partnerships for the SDGs, noting it includes over 100 countries and international organizations. Moreover, Lajcak said multilateralism is "the cornerstone of the Belt and Road Initiative," and that it shows China's commitment to its neighbors and to the principles of the UN. "China's economic growth is not confined within its borders. As a multilateral player, China is sharing its wealth and best practices through the Belt and Road Initiative," he said. BRI AND 2030 AGENDA HAVE SIMILAR VISION Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said on the symposium that China's Belt and Road Initiative and the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have similar vision and principles. "While the Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda are different in their nature and scope, they share in many respects a similar vision and a set of basic principles," said Liu. "Both of them serve the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. Both of them aim to promote win-win cooperation, shared development and prosperity, peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, and mutual understanding and trust." More specifically, the five priority areas as defined in the Belt and Road Initiative -- connectivity in policy, facilities, trade, finance and among peoples -- are extensively and intrinsically linked with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, Liu told the high-level symposium. The Belt and Road Initiative has provided a new open and inclusive platform for international development cooperation, which can make a great contribution to the achievement of the SDGs, he said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has encouraged the UN system to cooperate with the countries engaged in the Belt and Road Initiative in order to achieve the SDGs, he noted. A broad range of joint activities, including capacity development projects, have been launched to assist the countries along the Belt and Road routes, he added. BRI ALSO VISION FOR CHILDREN UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said on the symposium that the vision of the Belt & Road Initiative is also a vision for children, as China's dramatic progress over the past two decades has also benefitted children. UNICEF can be a critical partner for China as it extends its Belt & Road Initiative, by offering a presence in 190 countries, deep field experience, strong partnerships with governments and other UN agencies, and expertise in supporting children, she said. The Belt & Road initiative is also an opportunity to dramatically expand South-South cooperation, for countries to learn from one another, scale up what works, and ultimately achieve more impact and more results around the world, she said. BRI BELONGS TO WHOLE WORLD Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu said on the symposium that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China's initiative, but the opportunities and fruits that it presents belong to the whole world. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development 2015 set out 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets, charting the course for international development cooperation. The purpose of the agenda is to realize common development and prosperity for all through a stronger global partnership, he said. The BRI and the 2030 Agenda resonate with and reinforce each other, Ma said, adding that together, they promote the cause of international cooperation for development. Anchored in the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, both are committed to multilateralism and international peace and development, Ma said. The BRI follows an approach of extensive consultation, joint development and shared benefits, and advocates openness and inclusiveness. The 2030 Agenda underscores international cooperation for development. Both are aimed at economic development and better lives for the people. Being supportive of countries' own choices of development paths in accordance with their national conditions, both the BRI and 2030 Agenda reflect the desire for a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation, he said. Over the past five years, the initiative has received positive response from the international community. More than 80 countries and international organizations have signed over 100 cooperation documents with China and a large number of cooperation projects have been implemented. Source:Xinhua News Agency
Mr. Jean-Guy Carrier: SCO, AIIB show China’s evolving world leadership role
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Mr. Jean-Guy Carrier: SCO, AIIB show China’s evolving world leadership role
13 Jun 2018
On 8June 2018, the Executive Chairman of SRCIC and former Secretary General of ICC Mr. Jean-Guy Carrier was interviewed by China Daily on the impact of SCO and AIIB. The rise of China to the center of the world economy will inevitably influence the shape of the current global order that evolved during the 20th century. To understand how that influence could be deployed it is instructive to examine some of the significant multilateral measures China has led since it stepped onto the world stage some 40 years ago. Two meetings this month underline the evolving leadership role of China in the world. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members gather for their 18th Summit in the city of Qingdao, China. At the end of June, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will hold its 3rd annual meeting in Mumbai, India. Both institutions are notable for having been launched by China in partnership with a growing number of other countries. Both organizations are defining the model for what Chinese-led multilateralism could become in the future. The SCO was founded in June 2001 by China, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Its predecessor, the “Shanghai Five”, succeeded in resolving border disputes among China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Today, its focus has shifted to uprooting the “three evils” of terrorism, separatism and religious extremism. But its real work is to increase interaction and dialogue among its members in a region rife with political, religious and cultural tensions. The SCO is audacious and creative, and as such a clear departure from the traditional reserve and caution of Chinese diplomacy. The SCO brings together countries that have at times opposed each other militarily and politically. It has accepted India and Pakistan as full members, as of June 2016, and more recently accepted Turkey, a NATO member, as a dialogue partner. Through the SCO, China helps maintain political balance in the region by encouraging equality among SCO members with vastly different economies and power. Its work in guiding the SCO agenda shows astuteness for consultation to achieve consensus and to build solidarity, with benefits in terms of peace and development that are truly international. Another example of China’s constructive spirit of multilateralism is the AIIB, launched in January, 2016. The AIIB was greeted by many countries as an attempt to subvert existing multilateral development organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and others. The result is quite the contrary, as AIIB has rapidly increased its total membership to 86 countries from 6 continents. Its motto of being “lean, green and clean” is based on real actions by its leadership to ensure the projects it funds respect rigorous norms for environmental sustainability, transparency and anti-corruption. It is significant that the Bank’s annual meeting will be in India this year, on June 25 and 26. The AIIB is one of the funding engines for China’s One Belt One Road initiative, which is investing trillions of USD to build the Silk Roads of the 21st century. India has been sensitive to the important Belt and Road infrastructure investments being made in its neighbors Pakistan and Sri Lanka. At the same time, India is becoming the biggest recipient of financing from the AIIB. Of the $4.3bn worth of funding for infrastructure projects around Asia approved by AIIB, over $1bn will finance power and transport projects in India. Once again, China is contributing, through the creation and work of the AIIB, to economic development, political dialogue and stability. It is especially notable that with the growth in AIIB membership and shared voting rights, China has accepted a minority position on the governing body of AIIB, ceding control of the organization it initiated. What we consider to be the current “world order” was shaped by the West, with its policies and values, over the last 70 years. In China and in Asia talk today is about developing a system of “international order”, which encompasses the United Nations and its agencies, the World Trade Organization and other multilateral decision forums. Increasingly this vision will include Chinese-inspired organizations such as the SCO and the AIIB, and bold initiatives such as the Belt and Road. It is clear that neither the old “world order” nor a new “international order” is able to cope adequately with the challenges of the 21st Century, to ensure world peace, global sustainable development and economic development. China’s call for a new vision to maintain order in the world is demonstrably based on cooperation and dialogue, rather than economic, political or military power. It is based on models such as the China-inspired SCO and the AIIB. This vision is an enormous change in world affairs and could be a giant step forward in human history. screenshot of the article published onchinadaily.com.cn Please click the following link to read the article: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201806/08/WS5b1a4ae2a31001b82571eff1.html
B&R News: China's development constitutes great opportunity for the world: Georgian president
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B&R News: China's development constitutes great opportunity for the world: Georgian president
13 Jun 2018
Georgia believes China's development is a rare and great opportunity for Georgia and the world at large, with Georgia being ready to further enhance cooperation in all fields, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has said. "We look at China's development as a rare and great opportunity, instead of a challenge, for the world. That is why Georgia signed a free trade agreement last year with China," the president told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview at the presidential palace. Margvelashvili noted that China was an "important and interesting" actor in the global politics and economy, contributing greatly to world peace and stability. "When we talk about conducting economic or cultural dialogue between different nations, we can't ignore China, which is one of the strongest states, economically, militarily and demographically," Margvelashvili said, stressing that China plays a unique role in the current global arena. The president also spoke highly of the free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries signed last year, hailing it as a great economic achievement that was significant for Caucasus country's future development. The China-Georgia FTA, inked in May of 2017 and effective since January 2018, will cancel import tariffs for 93.9 percent of Georgian products sold to China. Reciprocally, 96.5 percent of Chinese products entering Georgia will be duty-free. Meanwhile, the president pointed out that cultural exchanges had been active in recent years, evident in the growing popularity of the Confucius Institute in Georgia. As for the Belt and Road Initiative, which China proposed in 2013 to promote worldwide connectivity and trade through infrastructure construction and investment, Margvelashvili said it was a great and visionary concept which would benefit all the countries along the ancient Silk Road. "Talking about the Belt and Road Initiative, which is great and visionary, I think Georgia is one of the leading countries in cooperation with China to develop this project in the region," he said, adding that Georgia is "very committed to this initiative." "Georgia has started to develop our own portion along the Silk Road. Our task is to boost this inter-continental cooperation with our Chinese partner," Margvelashvili said, "Georgia is ready to join hands with China and engage in taping Georgia's unique potential in building the Belt and Road." "If you look at the projects within the Belt and Road Initiative, you will find there are many routes. But the Georgian route is one of the easiest and most interesting," Margvelashvili said, adding that Georgia can help diversify the trade routes and provide the access to the Black Sea. Source:Xinhua Silk Road Information Service
B&R News: SCO in closer ties with Belt and Road Initiative
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B&R News: SCO in closer ties with Belt and Road Initiative
11 Jun 2018
Loaded with auto parts and food, a freight train will depart from CRIntermodal Qingdao Terminal in east China's Shandong Province about every three times a week. It will arrive in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty about ten days later, and on to five Central Asian countries including Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The trip is about one month faster than the journey by sea and costs much less, according to Wei Xuelun, executive vice general manager at the CRIntermodal Qingdao Terminal. Initiated in 2015, the Qingdao freight trains have travelled from China to Central Asia over 3,000 times, making the coastal city a node on the economic corridor linking China, Central Asia and Europe. Qingdao, which hosts the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit this weekend, is one of the witnesses of the enhanced connectivity between China and other SCO members thanks to the development of the Belt and Road Initiative. A growing number of countries and organizations are actively involved in the initiative, promoting its deep development across the globe. The initiative now looks beyond infrastructure projects, expanding to other diverse industries and sectors in destination countries, observed Norman Sze, Belt and Road Services China leader with Deloitte. Made up by the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, the initiative is closely related with the SCO from the very beginning. Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the development of the Silk Road Economic Belt during a visit to Kazakhstan in 2013. Countries in the region are not only geographically aligned with the Belt and Road Initiative, but also share similar principles and goals, said Wang Wen, executive director of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies with Renmin University of China, adding that they aim to increase regional prosperity by improving connectivity in an equal and mutually beneficial manner. In the first quarter of 2018, trade volume between China and other SCO members jumped 20.7 percent year on year. China's accumulative investment in other SCO member countries reached 84 billion dollars by Q1, and many large energy, mining and industrial projects are progressing smoothly, Gao said. With the signing of an SCO agreement on international road transportation facilitation and an infrastructure network covering roads, railways, energy and telecommunications taking shape, SCO members are enjoying stronger ties. The SCO Qingdao summit offers new opportunities for relevant countries to further engage in the Belt and Road Initiative, Wang said. Source:Xinhua News Agency
B&R News: Siemens signs pacts to deepen ties to China's Belt and Road push
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B&R News: Siemens signs pacts to deepen ties to China's Belt and Road push
8 Jun 2018
Siemens (SIEGn.DE) has signed more than ten cooperation agreements with Chinese companies as it seeks to benefit from deepening involvement with China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative, the German engineering group said on Wednesday. Siemens said the cooperation covers power generation, energy management, building technology and intelligent manufacturing and includes companies such as China National Chemical Engineering Group Corp, China Railway Construction Corp(International) Ltd and China Civil Engineering Construction Corp. The cooperation pact aims to target projects in countries and regions including Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria, Mozambique as well as South America. Source: Reuters
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