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Ms. Mehri Madarshahi at 2017 Eurasian Economic Forum Cultural Branch, Xi’an China
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Ms. Mehri Madarshahi at 2017 Eurasian Economic Forum Cultural Branch, Xi’an China
26 Sep 2017
2017 Eurasian Economic Forum was held on 21-23 September in Xi'an China. The cultural branch discussed the theme “Musical industry under the Belt and Road Initiative” on the second day of the forum. Attending the forum were heads of both Provincial and Municipal Publicity Departments and the official from the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Minister of Xi'an Publicity Department Mr. Wu Jian chaired the keynote speeches. Mehri Madarshahi speaks at the forum. President of two Associations at Global Cultural Network, Inc and Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations, as well as Vice Chair of SRCIC Culture Committee Mehri Madarshahi spoke at the forum, together with Professor Mike Kim from Curtin University of Australia, Professor Fu Lin from Chinese Music Association, and Chairman of China Music Industry Promotion Association Wang Jingjing, on topics of international music exchange under the Belt and Road Initiative, challenges posed by digital creation and internet, music culture and music industry in China, and construction of modern music industry. In an interview by the local media, Ms. Madarshahi expressed her understanding of the historical city. Being the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, Xi'an possesses rich history and cultural elements for music. With the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi'an is applying the big data in its process of building a City of Music to open to the world. A good interaction of local music and other musical genres can create examples of multi-music production. “It was in 2005 at a performance in Paris when I first saw the two-stringed Chinese instrument erhu. The unique charm of the Chinese music impressed me a lot,” said Mehri. “There is much in common between the Chinese music and the rest of the world, as for string instruments like erhu and violin. The simple two-stringed instrument can play the music even better than the more sophisticated violin. There are no national boundaries for music. Whichever country you come from, just open your heart and your vision, dialogue is possible through music.” Ms. Madarshahi pointed out that cultural creation is many folded. It’s an economy of hundreds of millions volume.”A good direction is important for a city to development music creative industry. In the case of Xi'an, the long history, rich culture, many things to present, not only the terracotta warriors and horses. To make Xi'an known to the world, tourism is vital, and the music industry, too. Advertising is important in this sense.” In talking about Xi'an's City of Music project, Mehri stated, “Building the City of Music shows the respect of this ancient city toward music and culture. It’s lucky for Xi'an citizens. However, in comparison with cities like Shenzhen, Xi'an needs to catch up in big data construction, which can help Xi'an get its music creative products to the world, and build a City of Music. The Belt and Road construction can assist with it. And for general audience, they are unable to tell Shanghai music or Guangzhou music from Xi'an music. If Xi'an creates its music feature, especially in a fine area, to stand out as Xi'an music, this can serve as a postcard for the city.” The project to make Xi'an a City of Music is part of the government plan to implement the national economic, social and cultural development from 2016 to 2020. The cultural event of 2017 Eurasian Economic Forum was the joint efforts of Chinese Ministry of Culture, Provincial Government, Municipal Government, and Xi'an Qujiang New District to explore solutions for the city construction and for the sustainable development of city culture and music industry. Photo Credit: www.hsw.cn Sources: www.eaf.gov.cn Xi'an Daily
Letter From Iryna Nykorak
Letter From Iryna Nykorak
21 Sep 2017
To Chairman of the SRCIC Lu Jianzhong Dear Mr Lu, On behalf of the NGO Silk Link and on my own behalf, I would like to express our deep respect and wish to declare the following. I sincerely congratulate you and the Silk Road International Chamber of Commerce with the successful holding of the 2017 Xi'an Silk Road Business Summit and the Silk Road International Culture Week, which have yielded significant results, and I am genuinely pleased by the achievements of the SRCIC. Moreover, I wish to express my gratitude for the invitation to participate in the SRCIC General Assembly meeting, as well as the 2nd anniversary celebration in Beijing, which will be held on December 9, this year. Our organization strongly supports all initiatives and activities of the SRCIC, aimed at stimulating the development of mutually beneficial business, cultural and interpersonal relations between partners from different countries, especially within the framework of realization of the global “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the II Ukrainian Silk Road Forum will be held in Kyiv on November 16, which aimed at intensification of the Ukrainian-Chinese investment cooperation (please, find the detailed information attached). In this regard, we will expect you and your partners at the Forum. We look forward to further ongoing and fruitful cooperation. Sincerely, Founder & CEO, the Silk Road Association of Ukraine, Secretary, the Parliamentary Group of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the People's Republic of China, Deputy of the Kyiv City Council
Tajikistan, No. 1 National Pavilion at EXPO 2017 ASTANA
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Tajikistan, No. 1 National Pavilion at EXPO 2017 ASTANA
21 Sep 2017
The Pavilion of the Republic of Tajikistan has won first place in the International Specialized exhibition "Astana EXPO-2017" in category "The best disclosure of the theme and content" among joint pavilions. Said Sharif, General Commissioner of the Exposition of the Republic of Tajikistan at the International specialized exhibition EXPO-2017, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan and SRCIC Vice Chairman said: "It is a worthy gift on the day of celebration of the 26th anniversary of the state independence of the Republic of Tajikistan.” SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong sends a letter of congratulation to Mr. Sharif and gives his warmest congratulations for winning the first place of the national pavilions at the EXPO 2017 Astana. The following is the English version of the congratulation letter: Said Sharif Chairman Chamber of Commerce and Industry Republic of Tajikistan Dear Mr. Said Sharif, Please allow me, on behalf of SRCIC and myself, to send my congratulations to you for winning the first place of the national pavilions at the EXPO 2017 Astana. We regard this an awarding achievement of you and your team working wisely and diligently on the project. We know the natural beauty, culture and history of Tajikistan, and also its status quo and development potentials, especially in the energy sector. It was for these reasons that Tajikistan won the honor at the EXPO 2017. Once again, I give my sincerest congratulations to Tajikistan and its people. I wish all the peace, progress and prosperity to your great nation. Lu Jianzhong Chairman Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce
Peace, cooperation high on agenda as World Chambers Congress opens in Sydney
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Peace, cooperation high on agenda as World Chambers Congress opens in Sydney
20 Sep 2017
President of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce Lu Jianzhong speaks at the 10th World Chambers Congress in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 19, 2017. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei) SYDNEY, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The 10th World Chambers Congress kicked off in Sydney on Tuesday, with some of the world's brightest minds gethered to discuss ways to transform the future of business and stoke the economy. More than 1,000 international delegates, from businesses and governments, have attended the biennial, three-day event at the Harbour City's International Convention Centre. The World Chambers Federation (WCF) held its first congress in France in 1999 to mark the 400-year anniversary of the world's oldest business chamber -- the Marseille- Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This year, one of the centrepieces of the meeting is the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), which was formed in 2015. SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong addressed the forum at the Congress. "The WCF is an organization with a long history and enjoys a strong international reputation and influence over the globe," SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong said, when he addressed the forum at the Congress. "It has sophisticated and extensive experiences in chamber management and cooperation development." "The Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, on the other hand, is young but full of energy." Eying strong growth potential and a positive outlook for cooperation between the SRCIC and the WCF, Lu said the aims of his non-profit, non-governmental, transnational business confederation is to share resources with the WCF and the broader business community in order to strengthen connectivity and to promote the recovery of world economy. For Lu, cultural exchanges between nations and its peoples are as important as the economic transactions. "We hold the Silk Road Spirit in mind, which is peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit," Lu explained. "Our mission is to achieve shared growth through discussion and collaboration, and our goal is win-win, multi-win and all-win outcomes." The vast majority of chamber members that Xinhua spoke to at the event believe the key areas in which global business can be improved to attain more mutually beneficial outcomes are the reduction of transaction costs, better integration between countries and a more streamlined approach to international trade. Lu explained that boosting services in direct foreign investment under the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China would help address these concerns and act as a vehicle for prosperity and global economic growth. Source: Xinhua
2017 Xian Silk Road International Culture Week
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2017 Xian Silk Road International Culture Week
19 Sep 2017
Held at the same time with the 2017 Xi'an Silk Road Business Summit on 8 September 2017, Xi'an Silk Road International Culture Week, with its exhibitions, presentations and workshops lasting from one week to one month respectively, has come to its end early this week at the Tang West Market of Xi'an China. The whole set of the exhibitions covered relics, paintings, pottery, Jewelry and embroidery. Silk Road Collection is the central exhibition of the Culture Week. More than 200 articles of Silk Road treasures from 12 museums reflected the continued cultural, customs and ethnic interaction among the peoples along the Silk Road. Chinese Contemporary Jade Art Exhibition In the salon of Jade Dialogue, well-known jade scholar and Executive Deputy Dean of Lu Xun Literature Academy Mr. Bai Miao talked on Jade Art of Dushan Mountain: Roots, Living, Human, and Routine. Rock Paintings drew quite a lot of interest from the audience. More than 80 unique paintings from 50 artists impressed viewers for their special colors and ultramodern pictures. And the 200 delicate jade carvings presented the best of the jade craftsmanship in China today. The figures, landscape, wares, flowers and birds, either in hard emerald and pottery or soft silk and brocade, were also the themes of the related workshops and seminars. Cultural exchange is an important dimension of SRCIC mission, indicated by its Culture Committee as one of the eight professional working groups to promote the understanding and interaction among the Silk Road countries. With all its business activities, culture exchange remains the foundation for relationship and connectivity among the SRCIC members and the peoples of the Silk Road countries.
Rising Tide: Small Businesses May Profit Most From China's Ambitious Belt And Road Projects
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Rising Tide: Small Businesses May Profit Most From China's Ambitious Belt And Road Projects
18 Sep 2017
Pamela Ambler, FORBES STAFF New Manila Bay - City of Pearl design rendering 30-year-old Nicholas Ho is an award-winning architect. As the deputy managing director of hpa, he's running the show for his second-generation family business, a Hong Kong based property development consultancy with humble roots as a small design firm. Ho has won the contract to create a proposal for a brand new central business district for the city of Manila. Designated as The New Manila Bay-City of Pearl, the Belt and Road metropolis will be built on 407 hectares of reclaimed land. Nicholas Ho, Deputy Managing Director of hpa shares his insight in working on a Belt and Road project. ThePhilippines' public-private partnership After bilateral talks began in Beijing between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the “smart city” design received blessings from both sides to begin reclamation last month. China is willing to bear the initial cost that comes with a large amount of risk without any returns. This expense is seen as pivotal in activating the Philippine economy to bring about upward social mobility for a country with one of the largest populations of foreign domestic workers and call centers. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (L) prior to their bilateral meeting during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (Photo by Etienne Oliveau/Pool/Getty Images) The journey to City Of Pearl The landfill alone will take up to three years to complete. The first-phase of theseven-phase developmentwill likely take five years according to initial plans. As for completing the entire infrastructure, which will include integrating artificial intelligence into the district and incorporating an advanced driverless railway system, it will take about 30 years, estimates Ho. No one is saying financing will run out at any stage of the development, but it does happen. But Ho is optimistic for several reasons. He gets compensated up front for a “normal master plan fee plus a monthly retainer for my consultancy services,” Ho says. The kick-off capital was provided by China Development Bank (CDB) and UAA Kinming, a consortium of Filipino-Chinese developers. CDB is one of three policy banks in the country responsible for raising cash for large infrastructure projects, and the second biggest issuer of bonds after the Ministry of Finance. China feeling generous When asked what China gets out of bankrolling Belt and Road projects across Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Ho said, “absolutely nothing to be honest.”The relation China has with Belt and Road countries is almost reminiscent of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather,“Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me.” But it’s not really nothing. What China does get in return is a window of opportunity to export their technology, talentand enterprises. The initiative has long been seen as a way for Beijing to exertsoft power politics. In contrast to the growing protectionist ideologies in the West, the East has been working to develop what’s being touted as the Maritime Silk Road of the 21stCentury, a rising tide that lifts all boats. While skeptics remain over what to make of the China driven initiative to connectsix economic corridors spanning Asia, Europe, and Africa, projects have been set in motion with the financial support of the AIIB, theAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank- China's answer to the World Bank. (1) The New Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor (2) The China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor (3) China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor (4) China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor (5) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (6) Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor In the case of New Manila Bay, once the reclamation is completed, commercial lenders will step in to partner with developers to underwrite high rises, shopping malls, and even the Pac-Man stadium, named after Manny Pacquiao, a filipino champion boxer turned senator. New Manila Bay - City of Pearl rendering Matching projects with partners At the second annualBelt and Road Summit jointly organised by theGovernment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Regionand theHong Kong Trade Development Council on 11 September at theHong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, more than 150 investment projects were presented with the aim of finding related service providers and commercial support to supplement the funding shortfalls. “Policy banks have no interest in investing in commercial projects,” said Ho. Hordes of small and medium size businesses flocked to drink the kool-aid. “Belt and Road is going to be the future, it is happening right now. Whoever doesn't jump on the band wagon is going to regret it.” Source: https://www.forbes.com/
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