（中外新闻社 在中外新闻网记者 刘大伟 斌斌）由中国友好和平发展基金会指导，中外新闻社、全球可持续发展基金主办，香港工商总会、澳门华人世界商会协办的广东“一带一路”全球可持续发展交流午宴11月21日在广州中国大酒店国际会议厅举行，各国使节出席并作精彩演讲。
Guided by China Friendship and Peace Development Foundation, organized by Home and Abroad News Press and Global Sustainable Development Fund, co-hosted by Hongkong Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Macao Chinese World Chamber of Commerce. On November 21st, Guangzhou “Belt and Road” Global Sustainable Development Exchange Luncheon was held in international conference hall of China Hotel Guangzhou, all foreign diplomats attended the event and delivered keynote speeches.
The Deputy Director of the United Nations International Collaboration and Coordination Agency and President of Home and Abroad News Press, Mrs. Wei Yan delivered the welcome speech. She said that Home and Abroad News Press is an external promotion mainstream media authorized by the State Council of China. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are organizing this “Belt and Road” Global Sustainable Development Exchange Luncheon with Global Sustainable Development Fund in Guangzhou. On the behalf of the board, the council, administrative committee as well as the global branches in 63 countries of Home and Abroad News Press, we deeply appreciated your support and attendance today!
She continued that two days ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the APEC business leaders video conference in Beijing and delivered a keynote speech entitled "Building a new development pattern to achieve mutual benefit and win-win", emphasizing that the world is an indivisible destiny community, and we should deepen international cooperation in all aspects of pandemiccontrol and promote the recovery of the world economy. In his speech, Xi Jinping said again that “Belt and Road” will become a cooperative, healthy, recovery and growth platform. Today, we are discussing “Belt and Road” initiatives with far-reaching significance. The “Belt and Road” initiatives are amutual sharing platform for cooperation with broad inclusiveness. The goal of sustainable development is a global determination. Will it become a mere wish? It depends on the practical actions of all countries.
“Belt and Road” initiatives, as a new model of regional cooperation, create opportunities to the development of countries in the region, and also promote the sustainable development of the global economy. How to provide an important driving force for the sustainable growth of the global economy? The Chairman of Global Sustainable Development Fund, Mr. Zhang Qihua gave a keynote speech. He shared his ideas on global sustainable development and introduced the vision and implementation plan of the Global Sustainable Development Fund.
Slovakia is located inCentral Europe, and it is one of the strategic partners in “Belt and Road” initiatives. It has good economic position and open investment policy. The future cooperation between the two countries will mainly focus on investment, trade, transportation, tourism and research and innovation. Slovak Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Dusan Belladetailly introduced the investment environment of Slovakiain his speech. The Slovak "flying car" has attracted many attentions, which has combined two functions of automobile and airplane. The ambassador's video explanation was stunning.
As the first official member of China’s “Belt and Road” initiatives from South America, Uruguay is hoping to become a bridge between Latin America and China in “Belt and Road” related services. Uruguayan Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Fernando Lugris said that Uruguay has a good foundation for economic development and strong complementarity with China in various field. It also has extensive opportunities for exchanges and cooperation with great potentials. We hope to strengthen practical cooperation in culture, tourism, sports, education, agriculture and animal husbandry, economy and trade, humanities and other fields in the future, and we are ready for early implementation of those projects.
The “Belt and Road” initiatives also promote the development of Iceland in the Nordic countries. Iceland is actively booming in many sectors. Over the next ten years, the capital needed for further infrastructure development in Iceland will exceed USD $5 billion. Iceland Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Gunnar Snorri Gunnarssondelivered a speech, and he said that the Republic of Iceland is one of the Nordic countries and has mature technology and rich experience in the utilization of clean energy such as geothermal energy. Over the years, Iceland has shared its green energy experience with other countries. At present, XixianNew Economic Zone is promoting geothermal energy on a large scale. We also hope that both sides can strengthen cooperation to promote the better use of geothermal energy.
The resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Benin was the most important and beautiful event in the diplomatic history of the two countries. The two countries experienced a journey together in the past 45 years and still have great wishes for future development between each other. Through the “Belt and Road” initiatives, China and Benin will open a new chapter in bilateral cooperation. Beninese Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Simon Pierre Adovelande expressed that “I have seen the “Belt and Road” initiatives already become the platform for China and Africa cooperation.We should strengthen cooperation in the fields of science, technology, innovation, culture, art and sports.We can establish a sustainable mechanism beneficial to the younger generations.We need them for the China and Africa cooperationprojects.In my opinion, this will become a new stage of China Africa cooperation. We should not only ensure the smooth progress of existing projects, but also focus on future cooperation opportunities.
Tanzania believes that the “Belt and Road” initiativeis a China's original global initiative with great contributions to the world. Tanzania hopes to take this opportunity to increase its exports to China and open up more markets to Chinese people. In his speech, Tanzanian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. MbelwaKairukisaid that the relationship between Tanzania and China is not only reflected in political, economic and social development, but more importantly, China has become Tanzania's largest trading partner for three consecutive years. China is the largest foreign inve0 stor in Tanzania with more than 7 billion USD and more than 700 investment projects. The benefits of the “Belt and Road” initiativesin Tanzania, such as infrastructure, are obviously attainable. The soft changesare also impressivein Tanzania.
Deputy Chief of Mission of Maltese Embassy, Mr. Jean Paul Gatt, Deputy Chief of Mission of Tunisian Embassy in China Mr. Mustapha Abid, Bangladesh Minister to China, Mr. Masudur Rahman as well as the Chairman of Hong Kong Industry and Business Association, Mr. Wang Fusheng, Chairman of Macau Chinese World Business Association, Mr. Ye Xiaoyang and President of Guangdong Enterprise Management Association, Mr. Jia Baozhen also delivered speeches to exchange their ideas during the forum.
Foreign diplomats and Chinese leaders gathered at “Belt and Road” Global Sustainable Development Exchange Luncheon to discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation, two-way investmentand etc. The exchange will play a positive role in further enhancing China's international influence, establishing China's international image and upgrading the “Belt and Road” initiative to a new version.
At the end of the forum, Home and Abroad News Press and Macau Chinese World Business Association held a signing ceremony for the cooperation project, witnessed by foreign diplomats. All guests felt the continuously optimized business environment in China, and looked forward to more exchanges and cooperation with China.