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Fiji Joins BRI Partners In Port Cooperation Plan

Agreements under the Maritime Silk Road Port Coopera­tion Mechanism include inter-governmental cooperation agreements, practical cooperation pro­jects, the initiation of multilateral dialogue and co­operation platforms in specific areas.
29 Apr 2019 15:30
Fiji Joins BRI Partners In Port Cooperation Plan
Our Ministers in Beijing for the Belt and Road Initiative Forum. From left: Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar and Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau

Fiji has joined 11 other coun­tries to set up the Maritime Silk Road Port Coopera­tion Mechanism under the Belt and Road Forum frame­work.

The agreement was signed under the multilateral co­operation mecha­nisms under the Belt and Road Ini­tiative.

The Ningbo Ini­tiative on the Mari­time Silk Road Port Cooperation was also released as part of the signing.

Deliverables were reached by parties in the run up to and during the course of the three-day forum which, was attended by delegates and business rep­resentatives from over 15O countries.

Agreements reached include inter-governmental cooperation agreements, practical cooperation pro­jects, the initiation of multilateral dialogue and co­operation platforms in specific areas.

President Xi said business representatives who participated in the forum’s curtain raiser event on Thursday; the first CEO conference, signed coop­eration agreements worth over US$64 billion.

He said this shows that the BRI is not only widely supported but is also in sync with the times and is beneficial to all parties.

Media acknowledged

He also acknowledged the media for their support in reporting about the BRI since its inception five years ago and commended their hard work.

“Since the BRI was proposed in 2013 and especially after the first BRF, countries concerned have made concerted efforts to expand policy communication, upgrade infrastructure connectivity, advance eco­nomic trade and investment cooperation, enhance financial cooperation and facilitate people to peo­ple exchange,” President Xi told the media.

“The early harvest of belt and road cooperation achieved so far have opened up greater space, na­tional and global economic growth, provided a plat­form for enhancing international cooperation and made a fresh contribution in building a community with a shared future for mankind.”

“We will continue to promote land, sea, air and cy­ber connectivity, develop high quality sustainable resilient affordable inclusive and accessible infra­structure,” he said.

“This will make the projects more sustainable and create a fair and non-discriminatory environment for foreign investors.”

Cultural exchanges

Belt and Road countries have also agreed to con­duct extensive and multifaceted people to people and cultural exchanges and launch more coopera­tion projects for the benefit of its people.

“We all want to make belt and road cooperation development oriented and also support global de­velopment particularly the implementation of the UN 2O3O agenda for sustainable development and will strive for clean, no carbon sustainable develop­ment,” President Xi said.

He stressed the importance of assisting develop­ing countries to break bottlenecks to development so they can better partake in and benefit from glob­al value, industrial and supply chains.

“This year’s forum sends a clear message,” he said.

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