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The Advisory Council of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation Holds the First Meeting

2018/12/18

From December 16 to 17, 2018, the first meeting of the Advisory Council of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing. Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee Yang Jiechi attended and addressed the opening ceremony, and held a group meeting with all council members. Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng attended related activities, and Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun chaired the meeting as the Chinese initiator.

The meeting discussed the Belt and Road Initiative, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations (UN) and topics like global economic growth, key areas as well as mechanism and capacity building in the international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. The council members highly appreciated the Belt and Road Initiative and spoke positively of the progress achieved in related international cooperation, believing that the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative is conducive to promoting the building of an open world economy, advancing sustainable development of all countries and coping with global challenges. The council members suggested that in the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, all sides should continue strengthening practical cooperation in all fields with infrastructure interconnectivity as the main line to achieve more early results, make contributions to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and realize interconnected and common development. The council members expected that the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in 2019 will uphold multilateralism, deepen cooperation among all sides, improve mechanism and capacity building, achieve more positive results and seek win-win cooperation. They also made constructive suggestions in this regard.

The Advisory Council is a non-profit consultation agency on international policy whose main function is to provide intellectual support for the development of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The council members consist of former political heavyweights of relevant countries, principals of international organizations, leaders from business circle and renowned scholars in relevant fields, and they participate in the activities of the Advisory Council in their personal capacity. Current members include former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin of France, former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf of Egypt, former Foreign Minister of Russia and President of the Russian International Affairs Council Igor Ivanov, former Minister of Trade and Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu of Indonesia, former Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Shamshad Akhtar, former Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Erastus Mwencha, Belt and Road Envoy of the Treasury Douglas Flint of the United Kingdom, former Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore Kishore Mahbubani, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean of the UN Alicia Bárcena (special guest), former Vice President of the World Bank and Honorary Dean of National School of Development of Peking University Justin Yifu Lin, and Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun.

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