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The Embassy from the People’s Republic in China in Belgium and also the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce are organizing the Forum ‘One Belt, One Road: Possibilities for Cooperation between Belgium and China’ on Friday 21, October 2016 in the Tangla Hotel, Avenue E. Mounier 5, 1200 Woluwe Saint-Lambert.
One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is really a major initiative, launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013 that aims for connecting Asia, Europe and Africa passing through over 60 countries. The general plan includes a double edged sword: “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”.
OBOR offers immense business possibilities in China as well as in countries across the Belt and Road. In this forum you will get a much better understanding relating to this important initiative.
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:50 Opening Remarks by Ambassador QU Xing
09:50 – 10:10 Keynote Speech by Deputy Pm Kris PEETERS
10:10 – 10:15 Introduction through the moderator, Mr Bernard Dewit, Chairman BCECC
10:15 – 10:30 “One Belt One Road Initiative: background, actions and progress” by Professor QIN Yaqing, Dean of China Foreign Matters College
10:30 – 11:10 Intervention by other panelists
• Mr Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director of Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation
• Mr Vincent De Saedeleer, V . P . from the Port of Zeebrugge
11:10 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 11:35 Introduction through the moderator, Mr Stefaan Vanhooren, Chairman Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce
11:35 – 11:50 Presentation by Professor YUAN Peng: what sort of contributions does China expect from Europe towards One Belt One Road Initiative
11:50 – 12:30 • Mr Frank Geerkens, Port Ambassador, Antwerp Port Authority
• Mr Philippe Van der Donckt, Director Business Development Recycling Asia, Umicore
• Mr Erik Uyttendaele, Senior Director – Material Planning Logistics at Volvo Cars Gent
• Professor Jan Cornelis, VUB
12:30 Finish from the Forum
12:30 – 14:30 Reception
Register online at world wide web.flanders-china.be before 12 October 2016. The forum is located through the Chinese Embassy in Belgium and costs nothing.
Expat corner. Weekly
Two people from other countries received Shanghai’s top recognition: Honorary Citizen. Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong presented the awards to Linda Tsao Yang, 90, Chairwoman Emeritus from the Asian Corporate Governance Association, and Wong Fatt Heng, 60, Gm of Roche Diagnostics (Shanghai). Yang was created in Shanghai, but grew to become a united states citizen. She was active in the ecological treatment plan of Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, and helped to boost USD300 million in loans for that program. Wong, 60, was honored for getting technologies into China that benefited the medical community, cultivated talent in the area of bioscience and promoted the introduction of clinical laboratory research. He was created in Malaysia, but his parents originated from Guangdong province. Wong can also be one of the couple of individuals to be awarded the 3 Magnolia awards – silver (introduced in 1989), gold and honorary citizenship (both introduced in 1992). The Mayor also awarded 10 others Shanghai Magnolia Gold Awards in recognition of the contributions towards the city’s development. The grateful recipients range from U.S.
Norway, France, Ireland, Ukraine, Italia, Singapore and Serbia. “Having resided and labored in over 20 countries, I’ve no hesitation in stating that the town of Shanghai may be the essence of the modern metropolis, which looks towards the future with bold determination and sharp focus,” stated Marco Pellizzer, Gm from the China Landmass and Hong Kong Region of CITS American Express Global Business Travel. He was speaking with respect to the ten gold recipients, the Shanghai Daily reports.
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