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Thursday, September 12 2019 - 00:37
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More than 50 European and Asian countries come together to discuss cooperation and development on the Belt and Road Initiative
XI’AN, China, Sept. 11, 2019 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

The Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2019, with its focus on Participation in the Belt 
and Road Initiative will Facilitate High-level Cooperation and Robust 
Development, kicked off on September 10th in Xi'an, China. Politicians, 
business people and scholars from more than 50 countries, including Germany, 
France, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan, attended the forum.

The forum started with an opening ceremony, followed by a plenary session and 
10 parallel sessions covering a variety of topics, for example, finance, 
ecology, cultural tourism, meteorology, and science and technology. The 
over-riding aim was to foster partnerships between countries, international 
organizations, large corporations and local governments by capitalizing on the 
diverse, multi-level dialogue between the participants.

In Xi'an, where the ancient Silk Route commenced, attendees from the 
participating countries recounted the achievements since the inception of the 
Belt and Road Initiative and became versed in the changes in terms of economic 
development and improved living standards experienced by the countries along 
the route.

"The Belt and Road Initiative brought new opportunities and cooperation 
prospects for us," said Zinaida Grechanii, the Chairman of the Moldovan 
Parliament. "Scientific and technological innovation has transformed China from 
a world factory into a world laboratory. We hope to further connect Europe with 
Asia by leveraging deeper cooperation."

The Euro-Asia Economic Forum was first held in 2005 and has been staged every 
two years since. It has grown into one of the most important platforms for 
China and other participating countries to become involved in and benefit from 
the Belt and Road Initiative. To date, it has enabled more than 70 Sino-foreign 
cooperation projects such as the Energy Club, the New Century Urban Development 
Fund, and the construction of the Transnational Digital Library.

Source: The Organizing Committee of the Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2019

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