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Silk Road Chamber of Int'l Commerce now has 91 members
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Silk Road Chamber of Int'l Commerce now has 91 members
13 Dec 2017
Lu Jianzhong, Chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, said the organization now has 91 members from 75 countries and regions that are participants in the Belt and Road Initiative. Lu said the Chamber had only 36 members when it was established two years ago. Lu made the remarks at a ceremony on Sunday in Beijing, which marked the Chamber's two-year anniversary. Lu Jianzhong, Chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, speaks at a ceremony marking the Chamber's two-year anniversary on Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Beijing, China. [Photo: China Plus] Since its founding in December 2015 in Hong Kong, the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce has been promoting policy coordination, trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges for countries and regions that are part of the Belt and Road Initiative. A ceremony was held for the inauguration of the Silk Road International Development Fund on Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Beijing, China. [Photo: China Plus] The report from the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China said China will continue its opening-up policy and actively promote international cooperation in line with the Belt and Road Initiative. A lecture meeting on the Belt and Road Initiative was organized by the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce. [Photo: China Plus] On December 10th, the chambers of commerce of Lithuania, Poland, Somalia, Russia and Bulgaria joined the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, bringing its total membership to 91. A concert of classical Chinese music was held on Sunday evening at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The concert was organized by the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce and the Chinese Culture Promotion Society as part of the cultural exchange efforts. [Photo: China Plus] As part of the cultural exchange efforts, a concert of classical Chinese music was held on Sunday evening at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Source: China Plus
Greek Business Delegation Visits SRCIC Xi'an
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Greek Business Delegation Visits SRCIC Xi'an
11 Dec 2017
11 December 2017, Former Prime Minister of Greece Vasiliki Thanou-Christofilou led Greek business delegation to Xi'an China attending 2017 China–Greece Investment and Financing Trade Forum to discuss the possible cooperation in financing, energy, agriculture, tourism and culture between the two sides. The decision has been made to start a direct flight route from Xi'an city to Greece. Mayor and Vice Mayor of Xi'an city met with the delegation. The delegation visited SRCIC in the afternoon and Deputy Secretary General Ken Li came from Beijing to meet the delegation. Executive President of the Tang West Market Group Mr. Xia and his team welcomed the delegation to Tang West Market. Greek Delegation in front of the Tang West Market Museum The delegation visited the Tang West Market Museum and was very much impressed by the archaeological site of the ancient market venue, also the starting point of the Silk Road during Sui and Tang dynasties 1400 years ago. Mrs. Vasiliki Thanou-Christofilou At the business meeting held in the Tang West Market Hotel, Mrs. Christofilou expressed their excitement for the valuable opportunity to come and exchange ideas with Chinese partners for the future cooperation. She said, Greece is the origin of the western civilization and Xi'an is the central part of the Chinese culture. We are now at the both ends of the Silk Road. There is a lot for us to work together in business and in culture. China-Greece Business Forum Ms. Tsitsogian from HRADF, Mr. Dimitrios (M), Mr. Dionysopoulos from National Centre for Sustainable Development Vice Minister of Rural Development and Food Mr. Tsironis represented Greek delegates with the hope to partner with Chinese enterprises for mutual development. Business Development Manager from Greek Belt and Road Associates Mr. Dimitrios introduced each member of the delegation to recommend their government positions and business areas for further contacts. Ken Li (R) and SRCIC Advisor Ms. Jiang SRCIC Deputy Secretary General Ken Li introduced Beijing anniversary celebration activities and its good outcome, especially the business projects signed on the occasion. He exchanged business cards with the delegates to continue the connection. In October this year, SRCIC delegation led by Mr. Lu visited Athens and met with Greek President and Minister of Tourism. The cooperation in airport management and high-end tours are on the list of the multiple negotiations. The visit by the Greek business delegation is adding more potential projects to the list.
10 December 2017 Beijing China: SRCIC 2nd Anniversary Celebration
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10 December 2017 Beijing China: SRCIC 2nd Anniversary Celebration
10 Dec 2017
The series of activities for the anniversary celebration of Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce were held in Beijing with the support from ICC China, China NGO Network for International Exchanges, Guangming Daily, China Foundation for International Studies, and Chinese Culture Promotion Society. Around 2000 participants attended the events. They are government officials, diplomats in China, chairmen and presidents of commercial associations and business groups, representatives of international organizations of UN, AIIB, the Silk Road Fund, enterprises, cultural institutions, think tanks, academic and artistic entities. The activities covered SRCIC Executive Board meeting, Silk Road Transnational Financial Leasing Meeting, SRCIC General Assembly, the Belt and Road cooperation forum and a theme seminar. SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong presented a two-year report at the General Assembly, listing the achievements from 2016 to 2017 and briefing the work plan for the coming year. He expressed his deep gratitude for all the support and engagement of the SRCIC members and international communities. An awarding ceremony was held at the Belt and Road Cooperation Forum for 2017 Outstanding Contribution. Deputy Mayor of Athens Mr. Alexandros Modiano is one of the three awarded contributors, with President of ICC Israel Mr. Oren Shachor, and President of ICC Palestine Mr. Munib R. Masri. Athens is also one of the current seven members of the Silk Road Urban Alliance under Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce. SRCIC also has five national chambers of commerce added to its membership of over 90 organizations. The agreement signing involved more than a dozen cooperative projects, including a Silk Road Cultural Business Park of USD 2 billion investment, an international artwork trading centre, the transnational financial leasing alliance, and other research and business programs. The Silk Road International Development Fund was launched on site with a planned size of USD 10 billion. The Belt & Road theme seminar was an important opportunity for the attendees to understand the progressing strategies and policies of the Belt & Road Initiative as speakers were from China B&R Promotion Office, National Development and Reform Commission, the Silk Road Fund, Guangming Daily, China Investment Corporation, and ICC China. The splendour of the celebration was overwhelmingly inspiring, as said by Deputy Mayor of Athens Alexandros Modiano, “Our predecessors were great people. They transferred both goods and ideas, and served as bridges between people residing far away. They were not merely traders and messengers but tools of peace. Following their example, we also strive to make this world a better place for all through inclusive cooperation. ” A special concert "Silk Road Melodies of Harmony" in the National Centre for the Performing Arts wrapped up the whole series with a high key for SRCIC's promising future.
Radio Interview: SRCIC’s Response to the Belt and Road Initiative
Radio Interview: SRCIC’s Response to the Belt and Road Initiative
8 Dec 2017
On 6 December 2017, SRCIC Senior Advisor Ginger Jiang received the telephone interview by Jeffrey Bingham Mead from Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show on 1490 WGCH/WGCH.com, a streaming audio show. The interview lasted for 15 minutes and the following topics are talked on. Jeffrey: Welcome to the show. In 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative. Describe this for us. Ginger: Thank you Jeffrey! I am glad for this opportunity to talk with you about the topic. The Belt and Road Initiative is one notion of two components - the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. So there is also another English version for this, One Belt and One Road, abbreviated as OBOR, which is closer to the Chinese wording 一带一路. The Belt and Road Initiative has taken a gradual process to show a complete version – first, the Silk Road Economic Belt was proposed in September 2013 in Kyrgyzstan when President Xi made his visit there. And then in October, the Maritime Silk Road was added when he spoke to the Indonesian Parliament in October that year. After four years up to now, the Belt and Road Initiative has presented a clear outline for implementation and a vision for win-win cooperation. There have been projects covering a big range of industrial and economic sectors. Infrastructure comes first, railways, high ways and airports. Now we have cargo trains going from China directly to Europe. And there are long-term investments like what Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is doing. So far China has provided USD 50 billion to the B&R projects in different countries. And also the trade expansion among the B&R countries. It is estimated the Belt and Road Initiative has created new employment for 180,000 people in the countries involved. And there are cultural exchanges alongside all the business mentioned above. Jeffrey: Two years later the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce was founded. Why? What is its mission and goals? Ginger:Obviously it was a strong response to the Belt and Road Initiative. And at the same time, SRCIC has an inborn relation with the Silk Road. The decisive supporter of the SRCIC is the Tang West Market Group in Xi'an China. The company group has its modern business complex built right on the archeological site of the ancient Silk Road starting point in China and they built a national first-class museum there, too, for conservation. The museum is named after the West Market of the Tang Dynasty, the peak period in the Chinese history 1400 year ago. SRCIC's mission is to contribute to the revival and growth of the Silk Road trade and culture. Its goals are to assist its members to take the opportunities in trade and investment in the Silk Road countries for promotion of a free and inclusive economic development, and of course, to promote cross-cultural understanding among the Belt and Road countries. Jeffrey: Describe for us a sample of your business and cultural programs. Ginger: SRCIC has several professional committees assisting its members for business and cultural exchange. A recent project is to bridge a Chinese wine company with the Georgianwine producer for quantity sales. And another is coordinating ChinaWest Airport Group with the Ukrainian counterpart for cooperativeproject of airport management and building. In cultural exchange, SRCIC always has a cultural activity in each of its constant events - Silk Road museum exhibitions and folk culture shows. SRCIC also has a Silk Road Sunshine Public Fund to provide scholarship program for 30 Ukrainian students to study in China's colleges for four year, starting this year, and another 30 Arabic students to begin next year. Jeffrey: You are currently celebrating the second anniversary of the SRCIC in Beijing. What is your theme and what do you wish to accomplish? Ginger: This is an interesting and exciting time for both SRCIC members and our friends. The series of anniversary celebration include an Executive Board meeting, a General Assembly, a Belt and Road Seminar, and a special concert in China's top concert hall. (Jeffrey, I wish you can come and join us in Beijing. – Thank you. Ihope I could make it next year. ) The theme of all the activities is to present SRCIC achievements over the last two years and to plan for the future. The purpose is to impress the central government officials and to expand SRCIC influence for more chambers of commerce to join us in the Belt and Road construction. Jeffrey: What is in store for the future of the Belt and Road Initiative? Ginger: In early 2015, China issued an action plan for the Belt and Road Initiative, which emphasized five dimensions, i.e. policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bond. It is a grand picture for the regional and world development and it takes time. We regard it as part of the global economic governance. SRCIC is trying to play an active role in this grandeur cause. Jeffrey: How can our listeners learn more about the SRCIC? Ginger: Thank you, Jeffrey, for asking this question! We surely welcome listeners to get to know us. We have an SRCIC website, www.srcic.org, in both English and Chinese. It keeps up with all the activities SRCIC is involved, and it also provides application forms for membership and for the events, say, the current 2nd anniversary celebration in Beijing. You fill in the form and become a member, or, get a ticket to the theme concert. And also there are email addresses for anyone to write in with questions and suggestions. We definitely welcome contacts through all these channels, and SRCIC offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. Jeffrey: Thank you, Ginger, for answering all my questions. We will have this show on either December 23 or December 30. We believe our listeners will become interested in the topics. Ginger: Thank you, Jeffrey! And thank our listeners for their attention!Bye bye! Background Information: Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim provides a colorful, lively international perspective on China and the Pacific Rim. It introduces educational, cultural, business and travel opportunities for Chinese and Americans. The show features news of business, educational and cultural events, and reveals historical and cultural ties between America and China as we promote and strengthen understanding and friendship between the peoples of America, China and the Pacific Rim.
Congratulatory Letter from ICC World Chambers Federation
Congratulatory Letter from ICC World Chambers Federation
7 Dec 2017
Lu Jianzhong Chairman Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce 2506A, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central Hong Kong 30 November 2017 Dear Mr. Lu, On behalf of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the ICC World Chambers Federation, I would like to send my warmest regards to you on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce and your celebratory event this December in Beijing. The revival of the Silk Road Maritime and Land Routes“One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) have brought hopes and aspirations of a new economic prosperity throughout the region. Your mission to help foster commercial ties and interconnections between the institutions along the Silk Road nations will be most valuable in opening up many opportunities for enterprises within the Silk Road nations. Wishing you every success in your upcoming event. With warmest regards Peter Mihok Chair ICC World Chambers Federation Photocopy of the letter:
Belt & Road Info: China, Ukraine sign slew of agreements, including on Belt and Road
Belt & Road Info: China, Ukraine sign slew of agreements, including on Belt and Road
6 Dec 2017
China and Ukraine on Tuesday signed an action plan on jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road and agreed to deepen all-round collaboration to strengthen their strategic partnership at the third session of the China-Ukraine Intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation here Tuesday. The meeting co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai and Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv concluded that bilateral cooperation has made good progress since the second session of the commission in Beijing in 2013. China and Ukraine have advanced in their cooperation in such areas as trade, economy, agriculture, space, science and technology, education, culture and healthcare. The action plan signed on jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road will see further enhancement of the proposal first put forward by Chinese PresidentXi Jinpingin 2013. The plan envisions building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road routes. Tuesday's meeting also saw the two sides sign a series of agreements on agriculture, energy efficiency and renewable energy, culture, healthcare and education as well as other sectors. The China-Ukraine Intergovernmental Commission was launched in 2011 as a core mechanism to coordinate and plan all-round cooperation between the two countries. The next meeting of the commission will be held in China in 2019. The Chinese delegation arrived in Kiev Monday on a three-day visit at the invitation of the Ukrainian government. Source: Beltand Road Portal
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