Commissioner Attends 2nd Belt and Road Summit

  On 11 September 2017, Commissioner Xie Feng attended the Second Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and delivered the keynote address entitled "Building the New Platform of Tripartite Cooperation on Belt and Road by Leveraging Diplomatic Strength" at the opening ceremony. Guests attending the summit include Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Director of the Central Government Liaison Office Zhang Xiaoming, Deputy Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission Ning Jizhe, Vice Commerce Minister Gao Yan, and Deputy Director of the State Council Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office Huang Liuquan.

  In his remarks, Commissioner Xie stated that President Xi Jinping proposed the "Belt and Road" Initiative with a view to promote China's opening up in all respects and common prosperity of all countries. During his recent visit to the city, President Xi cleared noted Central Government's continued support to Hong Kong in leveraging its advantages and role in advancing the Belt and Road and other major development strategies. Belt and Road provides new development opportunities for China and world, and particularly for Hong Kong. Over the past four years, the Chinese Foreign Ministry focused on promoting "Belt and Road" development with connectivity and capacity cooperation as two priorities, in an all-out effort to serve the national development. We worked for the signing of Belt and Road cooperation agreements with 69 countries and international organizations, and facilitated early harvests out of such cooperation. In future, the MFA Commissioner's Office will, under the leadership of the Foreign Ministry, work with more mainland provinces and Hong Kong SAR, as well as the foreign consular corps, business chambers and foreign media stationed in Hong Kong. We will make good use of the connections and information resources of over 260 overseas diplomatic missions of China, and tap into the potential of tripartite cooperation involving the mainland, Hong Kong and Belt and Road countries. We will strive for more cooperation projects and achieve synergy among three parties. We will facilitate the mainland and HK businesses in their collaboration in going global and cooperating with Belt and Road countries. In a word, we wish to see more concrete outcomes from the well-intentioned undertaking.

  This year's Summit is jointly sponsored by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Trade Development Council. Under the theme of "From Vision to Action", the Summit discussions will focus on new opportunities brought by Belt and Road to Hong Kong and on greater cooperation between Hong Kong and ASEAN. Over 3,000 participants attended the Summit, including government officials from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and countries along the Belt and Road, representatives of international institutions and business communities. Chief Executive Carrie Lam, NDRC Deputy Chairman Ning, Vice Commerce Minister Gao also delivered keynote addresses at the opening ceremony.

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