Italy's Class Editori launches new book Doing Business in China and along the Belt and Road
Italy's Class Editori launches new book Doing Business in China and along the Belt and Road
29 Jul 2021
The book Doing Business in China and along theBelt and Roadhas recently been published by Italian multimedia GroupClass Editori– Milano Finanza. The book presents the opportunities for Italian companies in the Chinese market and in the otherBelt and Roadrelated countries. TheBelt and Road Initiativehas opened new collaboration paths between China andItaly, especially on technological exchanges among SMEs. Moreover, Italy is the only country in the G7 that signed the official MoU to join theBRI, and hence Italian companies have a competitive advantage in developing cooperation with China and other Belt and Road related countries, including those in the Mediterranean and Africa. The book Doing Business in China and along the Belt and Road, therefore, is an indispensable update to learn about projects, personalities and initiatives that are developing between the East and Italy, one of Europe's most important industrial economies. Class Editoriis a leading publisher of newspapers and magazines in Italy and aims to provide quality economic information service to Italian and worldwide enterprises and institutions. As a gift, the digital version of the book is available at the following link: https://res.imsilkroad.com/t/site/10001/462981b58356fd9a09cc727cb57e1f4e/assets/4b9e6acbd0ffd9c1f2b922f9233c288a.pdf Source:Xinhua Silkroad
China’s solution for sustainable development serves as guideline for green BRI: expert
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China’s solution for sustainable development serves as guideline for green BRI: expert
29 Jul 2021
Green development is an importantaspect of the blueprint for high-quality development under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). On June 23, 29 countries jointly launched the Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on Green Development, aiming to make concerted efforts to foster green, low-carbon and sustainable development. "Green development is not just about the BRI itself, but also about the next generation and the future of our planet," said Xu Qinhua, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Development and Strategy at the Renmin University of China. In a recent interview with the Belt and Road Portal (BRP), Xu shared her views on the connotation of the BRI green development and the path to its realization. BRP: What is the significance of BRI green development?Why was the concept proposed? Xu Qinhua:Building a green Silk Road not only solves China's own environmental problems, but also demonstrates China's commitment to play a more active role in international environmental cooperation and its relentless efforts to provide green public goods to the world, such as the BRI International Green Development Coalition (BRIGC), which is a voluntary open and inclusive international network for sustainable development. In the post-pandemic era, there is a greater need for “green” economic growth and capacity improvement for environmental and climate governance. This will likely lead to greater emphasis on green development of BRI countries. Building a green Silk Road would help the countries achieve economic development and modernization through environment-friendly and low-carbon projects and meet their demands for green financing and technology development. BRP: What do you think is the most important thing in building a green Silk Road? Xu Qinhua:In my opinion, the most important thing is that countries and regions that participate inthe joint building of the BRI should have a common view of building a green community with shared future. Climate and environmental issues are among those issues that exemplify the practical value of "a community with shared future". To deal with climate change and protect the Earth's environment, participation of every country and individual in the world is necessary. No single country or individual can stay unaffected by such a global issue, nor can the problem be solved by one group or one country alone. The foundation for the construction of the Silk Road lies in the economic sector. How countries can realize a positive correlation between their own interests and those of other countries through cooperation in the economic field is a question worth thinking about. BRP: You mentioned that China can provide solutions in the building of a green Silk Road. What does the “Chinese solution” entail? Xu Qinhua:My team and I have built models to verify whether sustainable technology can be employed to transform natural resources into economic growth. The results are positive. We compared the data of OECD countries with BRI countries and China to study what levels and trends of green development each of them has and what role China can play. The model interprets the connotation of the phrase "lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets." It means unleashing the potential of clear waters and green mountains for development through sustainable technology, investment, and management. A series of indicators were generated via the model, which showed that China's green development level is between the level of OECD countries and that of BRI countries. Thus, China can serve as a bridge between the two in terms of investment and trade, technology transfer and talent training. Meanwhile, we are open to cooperating with counterparts in developed countries to verify the applicability of the model. BRP: What is the significance of the “Chinese solution” for the BRI countries? Xu Qinhua:Duringthe four decades of reform and opening up, China, the largest developing country, has accumulated a wealth of experience that can be used as a reference by other countries, especially the BRI countries. However, China's solution does not necessarily mean that it will be a perfect fit for BRI countries, nor can it guarantee total success. We are only offering our experience in the hope that it will serve as a guide for green development of BRI countries. BRP:What is the latest progress in building a green community of shared future ? Xu Qinhua:On June 10, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) announced the launch of works related to the Belt and Road Energy Partnership (BREP) which was officially established by 29 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Oceania, including China, Pakistan, Algeria and Malta, during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperationheld in Beijing in April 2019. The Chinese government has already adopted useful practices in many areas such as policymaking and green project implementation. A large number of renewable energy projects have been launched in countries along the BRI routes in its efforts to help BRI countries accelerate their transition to efficient, clean and diversified energy supply, and promote their green infrastructure development. The investment in renewable energy in BRI countries has also gradually increased. According to data released by the US Enterprise Public Policy Institute, China's investment in renewable energy in BRI countries has surpassed that of fossil energy in the first half of 2020. Source:Belt and Road Portal
China to boost pragmatic cooperation with Lebanon in various fields: ambassador
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China to boost pragmatic cooperation with Lebanon in various fields: ambassador
28 Jul 2021
New Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Qian Minjian vowed to promote pragmatic cooperation between China and Lebanon in various fields by turning visions into tangible results, so as to bring more benefits to the two countries and their peoples. "We look forward to working with friends from all walks of life in Lebanon to continue deepening our pragmatic cooperation," Qian told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lebanon. Qian, who had been in Beirut as a diplomat 20 years ago, said since the establishment of diplomatic relationships in 1971, the China-Lebanon relations have developed steadily, with exchanges and cooperation becoming increasingly wider and closer in various fields. "China and Lebanon are traditional friends, and China has long been providing Lebanon with humanitarian and development assistance within its capacity," he noted. Given the multiple crises and severe economic difficulties that Lebanon has suffered in recent years, the Chinese government has increased support for Lebanon, providing grants, materials and food aid through bilateral and multilateral channels. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Lebanon have always maintained close cooperation in the fight against the virus, exchanging information and sharing experience in prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of the infectious disease. In 2020, China provided Lebanon with PCR testing reagents, large infrared thermometers, KN95 face masks and other anti-virus supplies to help the country combat the pandemic, according to the Chinese ambassador. This year, the Chinese government donated two batches of the COVID-19 vaccine to Lebanon. Recently, the Chinese Red Cross donated additional doses of the vaccine to the Lebanese Red Cross, Qian said. "China is very pleased to see the good progress made by Lebanon in the prevention and control of the contagious disease, and is informed of Lebanon's recent threat of the Delta variant," said the ambassador, noting China is ready to maintain close contact with Lebanon and provide needed support. Following Beirut port's blasts, the Chinese government provided the Lebanese government with 1 million U.S. dollars in cash for emergency humanitarian assistance, Qian said, adding the Chinese government is willing to encourage reputable Chinese companies to bid for the reconstruction projects of the port when the Lebanese government launches official tenders for the purpose. Some Lebanese entrepreneurs have expressed their expectation to work with the Chinese partners in the port's reconstruction, he told Xinhua. Qian said some Chinese companies that are interested in investing in large-scale projects in Lebanon's power, telecommunications, transportation, water conservancy and other infrastructure fields are exploring and surveying the Lebanese market. With regard to economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, Qian said the overall economic and trade cooperation between China and Lebanon has remained stable in recent years. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China had been Lebanon's largest trading partner for six consecutive years. The two governments and relevant industry associations have been actively promoting the export of Lebanese speciality products to China. Moreover, the Chinese Embassy in Lebanon has been assisting Lebanese business communities in actively participating in trade exchange platforms such as the China International Import Expo, the China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair), and China-Arab States Expo to expand the popularity of Lebanese speciality products in China. "After years of hard work, the Lebanese olive oil, wine, handmade soap, chocolate and other speciality products have gradually become known to Chinese consumers," Qian said. Lebanon is a natural partner in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation with China, Qian noted. In 2017, the two governments formally signed a memorandum of understanding on jointly building the BRI. Successive Lebanese governments have voiced willingness to deepen pragmatic cooperation with China within the framework of the BRI. The ambassador stressed that the Chinese side has always been pursuing the BRI cooperation with Lebanon on the basis of the principle of achieving shared benefits through extensive consultation and joint construction without any political strings attached. The Chinese government-funded Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music is a large-scale iconic project in promoting the BRI cooperation and enhancing friendly ties between the two countries, Qian said. To mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lebanon, a variety of celebrations and events will be held by the Chinese embassy, he added. In the first half of this year, the embassy successfully held the online New Year concert and children's painting competition. A series of activities are scheduled to be followed, including the publication of a special issue commemorating the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and Chinese songs and speech contests among the Lebanese students. Source: Xinhua
China-Europe freight train service resumes from flood-hit Zhengzhou
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China-Europe freight train service resumes from flood-hit Zhengzhou
28 Jul 2021
China-Europe freight trains that depart from the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou have resumed operations after the city was hit hard by floods triggered by torrential rain. On Sunday, a freight train loaded with electronic components, auto parts and other goods departed Zhengzhou for Belgium's Liege via the border port of Erenhot in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The China-Europe freight-train service has handled more than 7,300 trips in the first half of this year, up 43 percent from the same period last year, data by the China State Railway Group Co. Ltd. showed. The freight trains have carried over 700,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit containers of goods in the six-month period, surging 52 percent year on year. Launched in 2011, the freight trains have reached 168 cities in 23 European countries and recorded more than 40,000 trips, according to the group. Source: Xinhua
China likely to introduce negative list for cross-border services trade nationwide, ministry
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China likely to introduce negative list for cross-border services trade nationwide, ministry
27 Jul 2021
Aerial photo taken on May 3, 2021 shows the Wormhole Library in the Haikou Bay in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province. (Xinhua/Pu Xiaoxu) China will make explorations in introducing a negative list for the cross-border services trade in the pilot free trade zones (FTZs) and even nationwide in the next step, according to Chinese vice commerce minister Wang Shouwen, who is also the deputy China International Trade Representative, at a press conference on Monday. China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has recently released a negative list for cross-border trade in services in its southern island province of Hainan, the first negative list for services trade in the country. The list outlined 70 special management measures in 11 categories for overseas services providers, according to a statement on the website of the ministry. For areas not included in the list, domestic and overseas services providers shall have a level playing field and enjoy equal market access in Hainan free trade port, the statement said. Wang said that as an important platform for the country's opening-up, Hainan Free Trade Port (FTP) has launched the country's first negative list for the cross-border services trade, which will help implement the principle of taking risk prevention and control as the bottom line, and play a demonstrative role in the implementation of the negative list on a trial basis. The introduction of the negative list for cross-border services trade in Hainan will help explore the path and accumulate experience for further opening-up in the next step, according to Wang. Source: Xinhua Silkroad
4th CIIE attracts more leading companies than previous edition
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4th CIIE attracts more leading companies than previous edition
27 Jul 2021
A press conference on the China International Import Expo (CIIE) is held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), east China's Shanghai, July 26, 2021. The fourth CIIE, scheduled from Nov. 5 to 10 in Shanghai, is expected to see the participation from more Fortune 500 companies and corporate giants than the previous edition, organizers said Monday. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe) The fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE), scheduled from Nov. 5 to 10 in Shanghai, is expected to see the participation from more Fortune 500 companies and corporate giants than the previous edition, organizers said Monday. The number of leading companies that signed up for the fourth CIIE already exceeded the third expo, with many of the firms taking part in the expo for a second or third time. The fourth expo will also see the participation from more than 30 leading enterprises for the first time, said Sun Chenghai, deputy director of the CIIE Bureau. Some 360,000 square meters of the exhibition area have been booked, meeting the expected target, Sun said, adding that more than 50 countries have also confirmed participation in the expo. Source: Xinhua
Concurso de Dibujo México-China
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Concurso de Dibujo México-China
16 Jul 2021
Concurso Internacional de Dibujo para Niños y Jóvenes 2021 Capítulo China-México A fin de promover el intercambio cultural entre niños y jóvenes de China y México, así como profundizar el entendimiento mutuo y la amistad, fortalecer la cooperación en la cultura, el arte y el turismo entre ambos países, invitamos a los niños y jóvenes de entre 3 y 16 años de edad a participar en el Concurso Internacional de Dibujo para Niños y Jóvenes 2021, organizado por la Cámara de Comercio Internacional de la Ruta de la Seda (Shanghái) y el Consulado General de México en Shanghái. El tema principal del concurso de dibujo es " México en los ojos de los niños y jóvenes", que incluye: la Amistad entre México y China, Viajar por México, Paisajes del Caribe, Cuentos de hadas populares, Arquitectura, Gastronomía, Danza folclórica, Artesanía en general y El Día de Muertos. Los participantes estarán divididos en tres grupos: de 3 a 6 años, de 6 a 9 años y de 9 a 16 años. El concurso quedará abierto a partir de la publicación de la presente convocatoria y hasta el 31 de agosto de 2021. Para mayor información, favor de consultar al siguiente correo electrónico (atención en inglés o mandarín): info@bwfer.com
E-courses and specialised programmes offered by ICC Academy: Part Two
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E-courses and specialised programmes offered by ICC Academy: Part Two
12 Jul 2021
Dear SRCIC members, We are delighted to present to you E-courses and specialised programmes on trade finance and cross border transactions (Part Two) provided by ICC Academy. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Incoterms® 2020 Certificate (INCO) The Incoterms® 2020 Certificate (INCO) provides a comprehensive working knowledge of ICC's globally recognised commercial trade terms, which offer specific guidance for corporate professionals involved in trade and international business transactions, trade and logistics professionals and those working in legal and regulatory affairs. This professional certificate helps traders avoid costly misunderstandings by clarifying the tasks, costs and risks involved in the delivery of goods. The certification includes access to 7 online, interactive lessons and the final exam, also taken online. Total learning time is approximately 4-5 hours and the course is available in English or Spanish. › Lesson 1: Overview of Incoterms® Rules › Lesson 2: Definition of Incoterms® 2020 › Lesson 3: Obligations Part 1 › Lesson 4: Obligations Part 2 › Lesson 5: Comparison Matrix › Lesson 6: Industry Case Studies › Lesson 7: Assessment Learn more at: https://icc.academy/certifications/incoterms-2020-certificate/?utm_source=SRCIC&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=SRCIC Export/Import Certificate (EIC) The EIC is the ICC's international trade certification that provides comprehensive and practical knowledge on how to conduct cross-border transactions. It will benefit export and import managers, trade finance bankers, freight forwarders and carriers, customs brokers, private and government inspectors and auditors, insurance providers, trade lawyers and trade promotion executives. The certification is split across 5 courses and the final exam, all taken online. Each of the courses will take 3-4 hours to complete and is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of international trade processes and their related risks. In total the EIC will take approximately 21 hours to complete. COURSES › International Trade Overview › Business Transactions and Contracts › Financing and Security Devices › International Logistics and Sourcing › Global Business Management Learn more at: https://icc.academy/certifications/export-import-certificate/?utm_source=SRCIC&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=SRCIC Free Trade Agreement Certificate (FTAC) The ICC Academy's Free Trade Agreement Certificate (FTAC) is designed to simplify the often difficult and legalistic FTA rules to help businesses access new markets, higher gross margins through cost reduction, and the ability to source new suppliers at more competitive rates. This professional certificate provides a collaborative mapping of how business units can come together to overcome perceived technicalities and generate revenue-boosting solutions – applicable to any size and industry sector. Divided into 5 lessons, the programme was developed by Globalab's Principal Trainer, Maler Vilee, who has more than 15 years of experience working with governments in trade, investment and free trade agreements. The three-hour interactive course aims to train companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to be adept at using FTAs to boost export competitiveness and identify new growth opportunities. › Lesson 1: Strategic Planning Behind FTAs › Lesson 2: Overview of the FTA basics › Lesson 3: Importance of FTAs for Business Operations › Lesson 4: Industry Case Studies › Lesson 5: Assessment Learn more at: https://icc.academy/certifications/free-trade-agreement-certificate/?utm_source=SRCIC&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=SRCIC Invoicing Solutions Certificate (ESC) The E-Invoicing Solutions Certificate (ESC) explains the steps necessary to adopt e-invoicing, the processes for successful implementation and its benefits with the aim of expanding business. Divided into 5 lessons, the programme has been created alongside Mastercard and in partnership with Basware and Xero. The certificate leverages a deep understanding of the digital payment ecosystem to increase the efficiency of an organisation’s finance operations while making it easier to transact with customers. › Lesson 1: Traditional Methods › Lesson 2: E-Invoicing Overview › Lesson 3: Going Digital › Lesson 4: Industry Case Studies › Lesson 5: Assessment Learn more at: https://icc.academy/e-invoicing-solutions-certificate-esc/?utm_source=SRCIC&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=SRCIC Microfinance Associate Certificate (MAC) The Microfinance Associate Certificate (MAC) provides a practical overview and leverage a deeper understanding of challenges and processes required to achieve businessreadiness for anyone joining the microfinance industry. Comprising 5 courses, the programme has been created in partnership with Satin Creditcare Network (SCNL), one of the world’s leading microfinance providers. Microfinance institutions and services provide financial assistance and awareness to people living in less-developed economies. The certificate covers the primary models, application methods and impact of microfinance, as well as the possible risks and mitigation strategies. Courses › Introduction to Microfinance › Microfinance Ecosystem and Application › Microfinance Technology and Analytics › Microfinance Risk and Mitigation › Microfinance Indicators and Impact Learn more at: https://icc.academy/microfinance-associate-certificate-mac/?utm_source=SRCIC&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=SRCIC
E-courses and specialised programmes offered by ICC Academy: Part One
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E-courses and specialised programmes offered by ICC Academy: Part One
9 Jul 2021
Dear SRCIC members, We are delighted to present to you a series of e-courses and specialised programmes on trade finance and cross border transactions provided by ICC Academy. ABOUT THE ACADEMY Founded in 2015, The ICC Academy is a ground-breaking e-learning platform brought to you by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the world’s business organization. We offer dynamic e-courses and specialised programmes on trade finance and cross border transactions designed by leading industry experts to meet the educational needs of banks, corporates and other organisations at the forefront of international trade. We are part of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) –the world’s largest business organization representing more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. ICC’s core mission is to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, ICC promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation, in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. ABOUT THE COURSES & PROGRAMMES Part I: TRADE FINANCE Global Trade Certificate (GTC) The GTC is an introductory-level programme designed to help you build a foundational understanding of global trade finance solutions. It will benefit transactional and relationship managers—as well as executives from management, credit, legal and compliance functions. Comprising 6 core courses and 3 electives, the industry-validated syllabus was developed by a group of leading trade finance experts drawn from ICC’s Banking Commission. Each course has been tailor-made to learn the essentials of global trade finance. CORE COURSES › Introduction to Trade Finance › Introduction to Collections › Introduction to Distributor Finance › Introduction to Documentary Credits › Introduction to Guarantees › Introduction to Receivables Finance ELECTIVE OPTIONS (Select 3) › Introduction to Capital and Pricing › Introduction to Compliance › Introduction to Cross Border Trade › Introduction to Fraud and Reputational Risk › Introduction to Risk Distribution › Introduction to Standby Letters of Credit › Introduction to Supply Chain Finance › Introduction to Trade Finance Sales Learn more at: https://icc.academy/certifications/icc-global-trade-certificate/?utm_source=SRCIC&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=SRCIC Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP) The Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP) is an advanced professional certificate programme providing training and certification on key trade finance products, techniques and compliance issues. Comprising 5 core courses and 4 electives, the industry-validated syllabus was developed by a group of leading trade finance experts drawn from ICC’s Banking Commission. Each e-course has been tailor-made to develop the skills needed to sell, deliver and process global trade finance solutions. CORE COURSES › Advanced Working Capital for Trade › Advanced Documentary Credits › Advanced Guarantees › Advanced Supply Chain Finance › Export Finance ELECTIVE OPTIONS (Select 4) › Digital Trade Finance and Fintechs › Managing Trade Sales › Managing Trade Operations › Managing Trade Products › Advanced Commodity Finance › Advanced Standby Letters of Credit Learn more at: https://icc.academy/certified-trade-finance-professional/?utm_source=SRCIC&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=SRCIC To be continued!
Sino-Greece Session: 2021 International Youth Friendly Art Exchange Competition
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Sino-Greece Session: 2021 International Youth Friendly Art Exchange Competition
6 Apr 2021
Aiming at the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship as well as of cooperation in the fields of culture, art, tourism and sports amongst countries through art exchanges of young people, the Sino-Greece Session of the International Youth Friendly Art Exchange Competition will be held, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Shanghai. The main themes of the painting competition are: “Friendship between Greece and China”, “Children see Greece”, “Go to Greece with a Sketchpad”, “Greek mythology”, “Aegean scenery” and “Mediterranean food”. Participants will be divided in three groups: 3-6 years old, 6-9 years old, 9-16 years old. The deadline for the submission of paintings is April 20, 2021. For further information, please contact info@bwfer.com.
SRCIC Attends Education, Economic and Trade Cooperation Meeting between Shaanxi and Mogilev
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SRCIC Attends Education, Economic and Trade Cooperation Meeting between Shaanxi and Mogilev
7 Dec 2020
2 December 2020, the online exchange meeting concerning education and economic and trade cooperation was held between Shaanxi, China and Mogilev, Belarus. Speeches were delivered respectively by Yao Hongjuan, Member of the Shaanxi Provincial Party Committee and Director of the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, Tang Yugang, Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce, Marinenko Pavel Leonidovich, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Economic Committee of Mogilev, Ivanistov Aleksandr Nikolaevich, Director of the Scientific Research Department of the Belarusian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Yartsev Andrey Viktorovich, Director of Free Economic Zone of Mogilev, and Luo Jun, Vice President of Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University. In addition, representatives of 12 enterprises in food industry, meat import and export, dairy products and other fields promoted their products at the meeting. Diane Bian, Secretary General of the SRCIC, was also invited to the online meeting. SG Bian introduced the major conferences and international activities held by the SRCIC since its establishment, and also elaborated how the SRCIC actively use its member network and cooperative platform to boost economic and trade cooperation, and cultural exchanges between China and Belarus. SG Bian said that the SRCIC is committed to mobilizing its member resources to strengthen the collaboration between the Sino-Belarusian business communities and enabling the enterprises of Shaanxi and Mogilev to participate in the Belt and Road construction, so as to share the development dividend of the B&R initiative. Finally, SG Bian gave an introduction to the Silk Road Urban Alliance (SRUA) initiated by SRCIC in 2018. She warmly welcomed Mogilev to join in the SRUA for the potential collaboration and win-win development.
SRCIC Holds its 6th Presidium Meeting on Line
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SRCIC Holds its 6th Presidium Meeting on Line
23 Nov 2020
On November 16, 2020, SRCIC held its 6th Presidium meeting on line. The meeting was attended by SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong, Honorary Chairmen Jemal Inaishvili, Liu Changle (represented by He Daguang, Vice Executive Chairman of the Phoenix TV), Wang Shi, Executive Chairman Jean-Guy Carrier, Executive Vice Chairman Wu Yunguo, Vice Chairman Li Zhonghang, and Secretary General Diane Bian. During the meeting, Chairman Lu gave a report on the work of SRCIC in 2020 and SRCIC’s plan for the next stage. The attendees also had a discussion on the proposal for the Silk Road Business Summit to be held in Haikou, Hainan in 2021. Chairman Lu praised SRCIC members’ efforts to tackle the global challenge of COVID-19 and to promote the Belt and Road international cooperation, demonstrating the sense of responsibility of the organization. He then briefed on SRCIC’s plan to build an international culture museum park and an artwork trading center in the backdrop of the construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port and signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He subsequently sought SRCIC chairmen and members’ attention and participation in those projects. All Chairmen expressed their support for SRCIC's work plan in 2021 and their acknowledgement for the excellent performance of SRCIC Secretariat in the past months, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. Chairman Jemal stated his appreciation to Chairman Lu and other Chairmen for their effort in responding to our common challenge of the pandemic. He also suggested a webinar should be held at the end of the year to strengthen the exchange among SRCIC members. Chairman Carrier thanked Chairman Lu for his endeavors in pioneering SRCIC's development and suggested SRCIC maintain close contacts with international organizations such as the International Chamber of Commerce. SRCIC Deputy Secretaries-General Mr. Li Qiang, Mr. Wang Yan, Mrs. Tian Xiaohong and Mr. Huang Zhe were also present at the meeting.
Italy's Class Editori launches new book Doing Business in China and along the Belt and Road
Italy's Class Editori launches new book Doing Business in China and along the Belt and Road
29 Jul 2021
The book Doing Business in China and along theBelt and Roadhas recently been published by Italian multimedia GroupClass Editori– Milano Finanza. The book presents the opportunities for Italian companies in the Chinese market and in the otherBelt and Roadrelated countries. TheBelt and Road Initiativehas opened new collaboration paths between China andItaly, especially on technological exchanges among SMEs. Moreover, Italy is the only country in the G7 that signed the official MoU to join theBRI, and hence Italian companies have a competitive advantage in developing cooperation with China and other Belt and Road related countries, including those in the Mediterranean and Africa. The book Doing Business in China and along the Belt and Road, therefore, is an indispensable update to learn about projects, personalities and initiatives that are developing between the East and Italy, one of Europe's most important industrial economies. Class Editoriis a leading publisher of newspapers and magazines in Italy and aims to provide quality economic information service to Italian and worldwide enterprises and institutions. As a gift, the digital version of the book is available at the following link: https://res.imsilkroad.com/t/site/10001/462981b58356fd9a09cc727cb57e1f4e/assets/4b9e6acbd0ffd9c1f2b922f9233c288a.pdf Source:Xinhua Silkroad
China’s solution for sustainable development serves as guideline for green BRI: expert
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China’s solution for sustainable development serves as guideline for green BRI: expert
29 Jul 2021
Green development is an importantaspect of the blueprint for high-quality development under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). On June 23, 29 countries jointly launched the Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on Green Development, aiming to make concerted efforts to foster green, low-carbon and sustainable development. "Green development is not just about the BRI itself, but also about the next generation and the future of our planet," said Xu Qinhua, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Development and Strategy at the Renmin University of China. In a recent interview with the Belt and Road Portal (BRP), Xu shared her views on the connotation of the BRI green development and the path to its realization. BRP: What is the significance of BRI green development?Why was the concept proposed? Xu Qinhua:Building a green Silk Road not only solves China's own environmental problems, but also demonstrates China's commitment to play a more active role in international environmental cooperation and its relentless efforts to provide green public goods to the world, such as the BRI International Green Development Coalition (BRIGC), which is a voluntary open and inclusive international network for sustainable development. In the post-pandemic era, there is a greater need for “green” economic growth and capacity improvement for environmental and climate governance. This will likely lead to greater emphasis on green development of BRI countries. Building a green Silk Road would help the countries achieve economic development and modernization through environment-friendly and low-carbon projects and meet their demands for green financing and technology development. BRP: What do you think is the most important thing in building a green Silk Road? Xu Qinhua:In my opinion, the most important thing is that countries and regions that participate inthe joint building of the BRI should have a common view of building a green community with shared future. Climate and environmental issues are among those issues that exemplify the practical value of "a community with shared future". To deal with climate change and protect the Earth's environment, participation of every country and individual in the world is necessary. No single country or individual can stay unaffected by such a global issue, nor can the problem be solved by one group or one country alone. The foundation for the construction of the Silk Road lies in the economic sector. How countries can realize a positive correlation between their own interests and those of other countries through cooperation in the economic field is a question worth thinking about. BRP: You mentioned that China can provide solutions in the building of a green Silk Road. What does the “Chinese solution” entail? Xu Qinhua:My team and I have built models to verify whether sustainable technology can be employed to transform natural resources into economic growth. The results are positive. We compared the data of OECD countries with BRI countries and China to study what levels and trends of green development each of them has and what role China can play. The model interprets the connotation of the phrase "lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets." It means unleashing the potential of clear waters and green mountains for development through sustainable technology, investment, and management. A series of indicators were generated via the model, which showed that China's green development level is between the level of OECD countries and that of BRI countries. Thus, China can serve as a bridge between the two in terms of investment and trade, technology transfer and talent training. Meanwhile, we are open to cooperating with counterparts in developed countries to verify the applicability of the model. BRP: What is the significance of the “Chinese solution” for the BRI countries? Xu Qinhua:Duringthe four decades of reform and opening up, China, the largest developing country, has accumulated a wealth of experience that can be used as a reference by other countries, especially the BRI countries. However, China's solution does not necessarily mean that it will be a perfect fit for BRI countries, nor can it guarantee total success. We are only offering our experience in the hope that it will serve as a guide for green development of BRI countries. BRP:What is the latest progress in building a green community of shared future ? Xu Qinhua:On June 10, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) announced the launch of works related to the Belt and Road Energy Partnership (BREP) which was officially established by 29 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Oceania, including China, Pakistan, Algeria and Malta, during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperationheld in Beijing in April 2019. The Chinese government has already adopted useful practices in many areas such as policymaking and green project implementation. A large number of renewable energy projects have been launched in countries along the BRI routes in its efforts to help BRI countries accelerate their transition to efficient, clean and diversified energy supply, and promote their green infrastructure development. The investment in renewable energy in BRI countries has also gradually increased. According to data released by the US Enterprise Public Policy Institute, China's investment in renewable energy in BRI countries has surpassed that of fossil energy in the first half of 2020. Source:Belt and Road Portal
China to boost pragmatic cooperation with Lebanon in various fields: ambassador
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China to boost pragmatic cooperation with Lebanon in various fields: ambassador
28 Jul 2021
New Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Qian Minjian vowed to promote pragmatic cooperation between China and Lebanon in various fields by turning visions into tangible results, so as to bring more benefits to the two countries and their peoples. "We look forward to working with friends from all walks of life in Lebanon to continue deepening our pragmatic cooperation," Qian told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lebanon. Qian, who had been in Beirut as a diplomat 20 years ago, said since the establishment of diplomatic relationships in 1971, the China-Lebanon relations have developed steadily, with exchanges and cooperation becoming increasingly wider and closer in various fields. "China and Lebanon are traditional friends, and China has long been providing Lebanon with humanitarian and development assistance within its capacity," he noted. Given the multiple crises and severe economic difficulties that Lebanon has suffered in recent years, the Chinese government has increased support for Lebanon, providing grants, materials and food aid through bilateral and multilateral channels. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Lebanon have always maintained close cooperation in the fight against the virus, exchanging information and sharing experience in prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of the infectious disease. In 2020, China provided Lebanon with PCR testing reagents, large infrared thermometers, KN95 face masks and other anti-virus supplies to help the country combat the pandemic, according to the Chinese ambassador. This year, the Chinese government donated two batches of the COVID-19 vaccine to Lebanon. Recently, the Chinese Red Cross donated additional doses of the vaccine to the Lebanese Red Cross, Qian said. "China is very pleased to see the good progress made by Lebanon in the prevention and control of the contagious disease, and is informed of Lebanon's recent threat of the Delta variant," said the ambassador, noting China is ready to maintain close contact with Lebanon and provide needed support. Following Beirut port's blasts, the Chinese government provided the Lebanese government with 1 million U.S. dollars in cash for emergency humanitarian assistance, Qian said, adding the Chinese government is willing to encourage reputable Chinese companies to bid for the reconstruction projects of the port when the Lebanese government launches official tenders for the purpose. Some Lebanese entrepreneurs have expressed their expectation to work with the Chinese partners in the port's reconstruction, he told Xinhua. Qian said some Chinese companies that are interested in investing in large-scale projects in Lebanon's power, telecommunications, transportation, water conservancy and other infrastructure fields are exploring and surveying the Lebanese market. With regard to economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, Qian said the overall economic and trade cooperation between China and Lebanon has remained stable in recent years. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China had been Lebanon's largest trading partner for six consecutive years. The two governments and relevant industry associations have been actively promoting the export of Lebanese speciality products to China. Moreover, the Chinese Embassy in Lebanon has been assisting Lebanese business communities in actively participating in trade exchange platforms such as the China International Import Expo, the China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair), and China-Arab States Expo to expand the popularity of Lebanese speciality products in China. "After years of hard work, the Lebanese olive oil, wine, handmade soap, chocolate and other speciality products have gradually become known to Chinese consumers," Qian said. Lebanon is a natural partner in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation with China, Qian noted. In 2017, the two governments formally signed a memorandum of understanding on jointly building the BRI. Successive Lebanese governments have voiced willingness to deepen pragmatic cooperation with China within the framework of the BRI. The ambassador stressed that the Chinese side has always been pursuing the BRI cooperation with Lebanon on the basis of the principle of achieving shared benefits through extensive consultation and joint construction without any political strings attached. The Chinese government-funded Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music is a large-scale iconic project in promoting the BRI cooperation and enhancing friendly ties between the two countries, Qian said. To mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lebanon, a variety of celebrations and events will be held by the Chinese embassy, he added. In the first half of this year, the embassy successfully held the online New Year concert and children's painting competition. A series of activities are scheduled to be followed, including the publication of a special issue commemorating the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and Chinese songs and speech contests among the Lebanese students. Source: Xinhua
China-Europe freight train service resumes from flood-hit Zhengzhou
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China-Europe freight train service resumes from flood-hit Zhengzhou
28 Jul 2021
China-Europe freight trains that depart from the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou have resumed operations after the city was hit hard by floods triggered by torrential rain. On Sunday, a freight train loaded with electronic components, auto parts and other goods departed Zhengzhou for Belgium's Liege via the border port of Erenhot in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The China-Europe freight-train service has handled more than 7,300 trips in the first half of this year, up 43 percent from the same period last year, data by the China State Railway Group Co. Ltd. showed. The freight trains have carried over 700,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit containers of goods in the six-month period, surging 52 percent year on year. Launched in 2011, the freight trains have reached 168 cities in 23 European countries and recorded more than 40,000 trips, according to the group. Source: Xinhua
China likely to introduce negative list for cross-border services trade nationwide, ministry
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China likely to introduce negative list for cross-border services trade nationwide, ministry
27 Jul 2021
Aerial photo taken on May 3, 2021 shows the Wormhole Library in the Haikou Bay in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province. (Xinhua/Pu Xiaoxu) China will make explorations in introducing a negative list for the cross-border services trade in the pilot free trade zones (FTZs) and even nationwide in the next step, according to Chinese vice commerce minister Wang Shouwen, who is also the deputy China International Trade Representative, at a press conference on Monday. China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has recently released a negative list for cross-border trade in services in its southern island province of Hainan, the first negative list for services trade in the country. The list outlined 70 special management measures in 11 categories for overseas services providers, according to a statement on the website of the ministry. For areas not included in the list, domestic and overseas services providers shall have a level playing field and enjoy equal market access in Hainan free trade port, the statement said. Wang said that as an important platform for the country's opening-up, Hainan Free Trade Port (FTP) has launched the country's first negative list for the cross-border services trade, which will help implement the principle of taking risk prevention and control as the bottom line, and play a demonstrative role in the implementation of the negative list on a trial basis. The introduction of the negative list for cross-border services trade in Hainan will help explore the path and accumulate experience for further opening-up in the next step, according to Wang. Source: Xinhua Silkroad
4th CIIE attracts more leading companies than previous edition
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4th CIIE attracts more leading companies than previous edition
27 Jul 2021
A press conference on the China International Import Expo (CIIE) is held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), east China's Shanghai, July 26, 2021. The fourth CIIE, scheduled from Nov. 5 to 10 in Shanghai, is expected to see the participation from more Fortune 500 companies and corporate giants than the previous edition, organizers said Monday. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe) The fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE), scheduled from Nov. 5 to 10 in Shanghai, is expected to see the participation from more Fortune 500 companies and corporate giants than the previous edition, organizers said Monday. The number of leading companies that signed up for the fourth CIIE already exceeded the third expo, with many of the firms taking part in the expo for a second or third time. The fourth expo will also see the participation from more than 30 leading enterprises for the first time, said Sun Chenghai, deputy director of the CIIE Bureau. Some 360,000 square meters of the exhibition area have been booked, meeting the expected target, Sun said, adding that more than 50 countries have also confirmed participation in the expo. Source: Xinhua
INOV Contacto International Internships
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INOV Contacto International Internships
19 Jul 2021
Dear SRCIC members, We would like to inform you that "INOV Contacto" is now accepting applications for its International Internship Programme. If you want to strengthen your international team with a qualified, paid intern (whose profile is matched with the job description) during six months, you can take advantage of this programme that begins in January, 2022. "INOV Contacto" is an initiative promoted by the Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency since 1997, with more than 5,800 internships across 1,200 companies worldwide. To find out more and/or apply, click HERE.
SRCIC members attend the CPC and World Political Parties Summit
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SRCIC members attend the CPC and World Political Parties Summit
9 Jul 2021
On July 6, 2021, the Communist Party of China (CPC) and World Political Parties Summit was held via video link. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and Chinese president, attended the summit in Beijing and delivered a keynote speech. In his speech titled Strengthening Cooperation Among Political Parties to Jointly Pursue the People's Wellbeing, Xi stressed that political parties, as an important force behind human progress, need to set the right course forward and shoulder their historic responsibility to ensure the people's well-being and pursue human progress. He also pointed out that the CPC stands ready to work with world political parties to be builders of world peace, advocates for global development, and guardians of the international order. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and Chinese president, delivers a keynote speech (Source: Xinhua News Agency) The cloud summit gathered leaders of more than 500 political parties and organizations from over 160 countries. Political parties from 100-plus countries set up nearly 200 venues in their home countries to organize their representatives to attend the summit. SRCIC members including the Philippine Silk Road International Chamber of Commerce (PSRICC), Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA), Arab-Chinese Cooperation and Development Association, Office of Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China, Silk Road Association Alliance members including Latin American Centre of Political and Economics Studies of China (CLEPEC), Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China, and SRCIC partner Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Eastern Asia (Beijing) attended the summit. Francis Chua, Vice Chairman of SRCIC and Chairman of the PSRICC pointed out that this year marks the centenary the CPC. For 100 years, the mission of the CPC has been to bring prosperity to the Chinese people. Through decades of arduous struggle, the CPC has achieved one victory after another, profoundly changing the history and destiny of China. The PSRICC is willing to promote the cooperation between the Philippine business community and China. “When we communicate with countries around the world, we will tell them that China is a country that values peace, a country that cares about its people and its neighbors, a country that keeps its word and walks by its word. We will tell the world about China's efforts in promoting global peace and development. That's what we at the PSRICC are doing, and we want to continue to tell good stories about China,”Chua said. The image above is President Xi Jinping delivering a keynote speech. The image below, at left, is President Duterte's video address to the conference. On the right is the scene at PSRICC. Mario Rendulić, president of CSEBA said they will convey President Xi’s ideas to the Croatian people in a suitable way. He hoped that the Croatian leaders will have a deeper understanding of the CPC and draw on it to accelerate Croatia's development in all aspects. He then reiterated his willingness to further promote the Belt and Road Initiative in Croatia in the hope of building stronger ties between the two countries. President of CSEBA Mario Rendulić (R) and President of CSEBA in Asian-Pacific Li Zhenwei (L) attending the online meeting President of Arab-Chinese Cooperation and Development Association Kassem Tofailli(the first row from left) attending the online meeting Chief Representative of Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Eastern Asia(Beijing) Ivan A.Izotov attending the meeting Bekar, representative of Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China, congratulated on the success of the CPC and World Political Parties Summit. He expressed heartfelt congratulations on CPC's centenary and wished China continuous progress and development. He said that from the perspective of history, the period of 100 years is very short. But within such a short time frame, Chinese people managed to make unprecedented achievements under the leadership of the CPC.China is an important strategic partner of Georgia, and the two countries enjoyatime-honoredfriendship and close cooperation, which he hoped to continue to deepen and develop in the years to come. Source: People's Daily and SRCIC members
Diversity Defeats Singularity: Daryl Guppy
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Diversity Defeats Singularity: Daryl Guppy
9 Jul 2021
The axis of the world is inexorably tilting, although some are reluctant to acknowledge this. Just how this tilt will rebalance is the key question of our time. Two potential answers are encapsulated in the Group 7 meeting and the World Political Parties Summit of 160 countries and over 500 leaders of parties and political organizations. The sheer imbalance of numbers attending these respective meetings is proof enough alone of the momentum tilting the axis. The pressure for change in the structure of international trade relations is building and it is enabled by the increased connectivity made possible by advances in 5G and AI. The current “global order” labelled by a few countries is an extension of the outdated imperial order and excludes most countries from any meaningful participation in creating the rules that govern international trade. The time has come for these rules to be based on internationally recognised norms rather than rules imposed by an elite few. Block-chain solutions help eliminate inefficiencies in trade settlement but they require common and cooperative standards. These cannot be achieved if the process is dominated by the interests of just a few countries. The World Political Parties Summit held on July 6 via video link considered alternatives to the narrow-based hegemony favoured by the G7. It united the conversation around the concept of Governance delivering “the common values of humanity” by fostering broad-minded tolerance in the understanding of values of different civilizations. The Communist Party of China (CPC) and World Political Parties Summit is held via video link in Beijing on July 6, 2021. (Photo/Xinhua) The Summit recognised that no single political system provided a universal solution to the common question of how to improve living standards for their citizens. This is the key difference in approach, with the Summit embracing a diversity of solutions free from ideological blinkers. Global business organisations like the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce have long recognised that there is a diversity of solutions to bringing prosperity to citizens. The Summit confirmed this approach must also extend to political parties and Government. In contrast to the G7 meeting, the summit recognised that “There doesn’t exist a fixed model for the path to modernization” so each country will select the path that serves it well. Central to progress is the freedom to develop in ways that are most appropriate for the economic and social stage of development. This is why the summit also rejected the idea that any country had the right to try to limit the prosperity of others by denying access to technology, innovation and financing. This ‘developmental decoupling’ works against the need to build a community with a shared future for mankind. In contrast to the G7 meeting, the World Political Parties Summit bought a breath of fresh air and new cooperative thinking. The summit showed the axis of the world is tilting towards giving more voice to choose and diversity and away from domination by a few. Source: cnfocus.com
Forthcoming book: China for SMEs Essential Elements of Success
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Forthcoming book: China for SMEs Essential Elements of Success
12 Apr 2021
Mr. Daryl Guppy, SRCIC member and Chairman of Australia China Business Council (ACBC), will release his new book China for SMEs Essential Elements of Success. He is also the founder and CEO of Guppytraders.com, an international financial market education and training organisation with offices in Darwin, Singapore and Beijing. As China grows in importance to companies around the world, it is vital for companies to understand the Chinese business culture. This book is an essential read for anyone serious about successful business in modern China.Mr. Daryl Guppy outlines the crucial ingredients for success, culled from more than 20 years of experience in China business, official meetings and government advisory. Reviews "If you want to do business in China, this book is an absolute must. Nobody I know understands China and the Chinese people as well as Daryl Guppy. His knowledge and insights are built on his decades of business experience, his wide networks and friendships. I strongly recommend this book for anyone currently doing business, studying business or wanting to do business with China." John Brumby Former Premier of Victoria, Australia and National President of the Australia China Business Council 2014–2019 "Guppy's great skill is to eschew the usual cliches and urban myths about doing business in China. Instead, he emphasises the background work required to know your customer, know your market, know the diversity of China, even within a single city, know yourself, and know your offer, be it in products or services. Guppy's analysis will help many to get to success for years to come." Geoff Raby Former Australian Ambassador to China Independent ASX company director, Chairman, Geoff Raby and Associates "Daryl Guppy's book is a rich repository of behavioural observations, nuances and understandings which are fundamental to building the all-important relationships and trust that drive successful engagement with the Chinese. Anyone looking to engage successfully with the Chinese would benefit greatly from exploring the insights which shape the 'deep seated' perceptions of the Chinese people." Hon. Andrew Robb AO Former Minister for Trade and Investment and architect of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement For the further information , please download from https://worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/12167
COVID-19 passport success relies on coordination: Daryl Guppy
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COVID-19 passport success relies on coordination: Daryl Guppy
15 Mar 2021
An International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylax is shown in front of the Berlaymont, the EU Commission headquarter in Brussels, Belgium, March 13, 2021. /Getty Editor's note:Daryl Guppy is an international financial technical analysis expert. He has provided weekly Shanghai Index analysis for Chinese mainland media for more than a decade. Guppy appears regularly on CNBC Asia and is known as "The Chart Man." He is a national board member of the Australia China Business Council. The article reflects the author's views and not necessarily those of CGTN. Responses to COVID-19 in 2020 exposed significant cracks in the implementation of public health policy. Unfortunately that same dysfunction threatens the resumption of international travel and commerce because of lack of agreement about the form of a COVID-19 passport. In China, the public health response to COVID-19 was disciplined, coordinated and effective; in the United States, the response was disjointed with inconsistent standards applied by different states and by the political leadership; in the United Kingdom, the response was an abject failure of planning and implementation. Some countries – like Australia and New Zealand – effectively kept COVID-19 contained and managed by the simple expedient of closing their island borders. Celebration of the low infection rate in Australia disguised the failure to develop any nationally recognized track and trace system, with each State setting their own standards for quarantine, tracking and border closures. People have every reason to expect that the management of the post-COVID-19 recovery will draw on the lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately this does not appear to be the case as some countries are developing their own COVID-19 passport solutions without reference to others. Some other countries are simply not actively considering the issue at this time. At one level, developing a secure COVID-19 passport is simply a matter of applying the appropriate technology. It should be a straightforward solution using blockchain security features. The inability to develop COVID-19 track and trace systems in some countries suggests the problem of an acceptable COVID-19 passport may be more difficult to resolve. The passport must rest of unquestionable proof of vaccination. Currently, several groups are developing COVID-19 passports. China has just launched its digital version of a health certificate for international travelers. It uses an encrypted QR code based on blockchain security. Singapore has a government-led process. GovTech (Singapore) developed digital COVID-19 test credentials for travellers pre-departure validation. These are fully compliant with Singapore's SafeTravel program. Considerable work with blockchain based passports has been undertaken by the International Air Transport Association and the EU. They are well advanced in developing and adopting a standard. This initiative is led by business; so the challenge is to persuade governments to recognize the solutions. Elsewhere business organizations are taking the lead. The Australia China Business Council is urging the Australian government to support the development of a COVID-19 vaccine passport using blockchain technology to help open international travel. President David Olsson said "We see an opportunity for the Australian government to work with China and other nations in our region to develop the recommended standards for security, authentication, privacy and data exchange." Michelle Reeves and Marc Reeves and their family's passports to Australia seen on the counterspace, July 27, 2020. /Getty These varied approaches means questions remain around the compatibility and cross border acceptance of these COVID-19 passports. Mutual recognition of these different approaches is the first barrier to overcome before international travel can truly resume. However, immunization in itself poses a problem. People who have been vaccinated will show lingering historical evidence of a low level COVID-19 infection. These viral remnants may be picked up by the nucleic and serum IgM antibody tests regimes and deliver a COVID-19 positive result. This may prevent a green tick on the COVID-19 passport. The suggested solution is for proof of vaccination to be given absolute priority over any lingering COVID-19 positive result. At a deeper level, and more alarmingly, are the problems associated with the architectural foundations of a COVID-19 passport. It's an issue that is concerning many business organizations because it goes to the heart of the efficacy of a COVID-19 passport. This issue rests on the recognition of a range of vaccines that will provide the platform for a major boost for international tourism and for a resumption of international business and student travel. The COVID-19 passport is not genuinely useful unless it includes and recognizes "approved" vaccination sources which will enable quarantine free international travel. The architecture of the COVID-19 passport is the key issue because it rests on the mutual recognition of vaccines as suitable for permitting quarantine free travel. A COVID-19 passport requires much more than a green tick. Business groups have an important role to play in ensuring that the operational details of a COVID-19 passport, including mutual vaccine recognition, really make international business and tourist travel accessible and possible. Source: CGTN
Main Fairs and Exhibitions in Cuba 2021
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Main Fairs and Exhibitions in Cuba 2021
15 Mar 2021
【About the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba】 The Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba was created on February 1, 1963. The Chamber was seen as an effective instrument to contribute to the search for new markets, support the great reorganization of foreign trade, and to enable business relationships with other countries. 【Fairs & Exhibitions】 Nowadays, fairs and exhibitions have become an essential component of Cuba’s commercial and business scene. Below are some of the fairs and exhibitions to be held in Cuba in 2021. February International Book Fair March International Agricultural Fair March INFORMATICA 2021 - 18th International IT Convention & Fair April International Hotel Trade Fair May International Tourism Fair May International Fair Renewable energy June Cubaindustria 2021 June EXPOMATANZAS June EXPOCARIBE September International Fair Transport & Logistic November Havana International Trade Fair, FIHAV December International Crafts Fair 【Trade & Investment】 Cuba, as an important gateway to South America, enjoys political stability and crucial strategic position. The country is rich in agriculture, fishery and tourism resources, bringing great potential for development. On the website of Procuba www.procuba.cu you can find the portfolio of investment opportunities and the Cuban exportable offer. 【Mariel Special Development Zone (MSDZ)】 MSDZ is situated 45km west of Havana and has an area of 465.4km². Since its establishment more than seven years ago, MSDZ has become an important platform for Cuba to attract foreign investment. Activities and sectors prioritized in the MSDZ: Biotechnology, development and production of drugs Containers and Packaging Industry Renewable energy Agriculture Food industry Industry Telecommunications and Informatics Tourism and Real Estate Investments in Infrastructure For more information, please visit www.zedmariel.com/en or download Business with Cuba.
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