May 12, 2017 -- When it was announced that the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) will be held in Beijing from 14 to 15 May, it soon became headline news.[Special Coverage]
This Forum will be the highest level of international conference held by China since the "Belt and Road" initiative was put forward by President Xi Jinping in 2013.
With "Strengthening International Cooperation and Co-building the 'Belt and Road' for Win-win Development" as its central theme, the Forum is expected to focus on the following: Firstly, further identify goals and principles for cooperation, and deepen the implementation of docking strategies. Secondly, draw up cooperation plans for the next 5 years or longer and specify the detailed action plans. Thirdly, come up with list of projects and push forward implementation. Fourthly, introduce a series of significant policies and supportive measures including strengthening financial cooperation mechanism, constructing comprehensive service platforms and enhancing exchange and training of professional talents.
The quality of the theme and program has attracted broad participation of over 1200 officials, scholars, entrepreneurs and people from financial institutions and media from 110 countries, and 89 principals and representatives from 61 international organizations. Of the 28 heads of state and government to attend the Forum, quite a number are from Europe -- President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic, President Doris Leuthard of the Swiss Confederation, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece, Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy, Prime Minister Beata Szyd?o of Poland, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain. Vice-President of the European Commission Mr. Jyrki Katainen will be also attending.
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May 12,2017 By:China Daily
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