[2019/05/31] Parallel Forums Held with Success at IIICF
The 10th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum (IIICF) offered a total of nine inspiring parallel forums, covering topics relevant to the “Belt and Road”, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development, energy, transport, finance, industrial chain, international engineering agreement and financial co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. Many guests actively shared their insights at the forums, creating a spirited atmosphere.
Multiple forums took place today (31 May). At the parallel forum “Innovation and Cooperation Promote Sustainable Infrastructure in Belt & Road Initiative”, attendees discuss some of the hot topics of sustainable development, including that sustainable infrastructure will be mainstreamed in the global infrastructure market in the future. In his speech, Secretary General of the China International Contractors Association Mr Zhang Shuang said that co-operation guarantees development, and interested parties of infrastructure project must reinforce communication and information sharing, co-operate with each other and jointly endeavour to push forward the continuous development of “Belt and Road” infrastructure facilities.
In his speech at the keynote forum, President of the China National Technical Import and Export Corporation (CNTIC) Mr Zhang Xu shared his experience gained in a project of CNTIC carried out in Bangladesh, and offered three points of view regarding infrastructure projects derived from the “Belt and Road” Initiative. These opinions were that promote “Belt and Road” infrastructure in an innovative way is concrete effort made to create the shared destiny of mankind; innovative projects and investment model can intensify global co-operation and enhance the sustainable development of “Belt and Road” infrastructure; carrying on the construction of a co-operation platform that enables Chinese enterprises to “go global” and achieve mutually beneficial and sustainable development.
At the parallel forum “From the Belt and Road to Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area: Opportunities and Challenges of Infrastructure Connectivity”, discussion focused on how to build highly effective infrastructure facilities network when the development paces of involved parties vary, how to enhance connectivity and risk resilient measures. When sharing his story and experience, President and Chief Executive Officer of the China-Africa Development Fund Mr Shi Jiyang said that the China-Africa Development Fund has been operating for nearly 12 years, and has made investment amounting to over US$ 4.8 billion in 93 projects in 36 African countries, which has motivated Chinese enterprises to invest more than US$ 23 billion in Africa. In the meantime, the China-Africa Development Fund is entrusted by the China-Portuguese Speaking Countries Cooperation and Development Fund has entrusted with fund management, jointly promoting economic and investment collaboration between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. He reiterated that Africa’s economy can advance only when infrastructure is improved. Since the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is an important hub of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, he hoped to have discussion via the IIICF with enterprises and partners from different parts of the world on collaborative development of Africa and Macao and the Greater Bay Area, in order to support the “Belt and Road” development.