Surendra Bahadur Nepali, BEIJING: The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) has concluded in Chinese capital Beijing today issuing a 38-point joint communique titled ‘Belt and Road Co-operation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future.’
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a reference to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, was initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 with the aim of enhancing all-around connectivity through infrastructure construction, exploring new driving forces for world economic growth, and building a new platform for world economic cooperation.
The leaders participating in the two-day event expressed their support to build on the progress already made in developing economic corridors and economic and trade co-operation zones in various countries including the Nepal-China Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network and Nepal-China cross-border railway.
Chinese President Xi, towards the end of the event, briefed the media about the consensus forged among the world leaders from 38 countries including President Bidya Devi Bhandari for advancing the cause of Belt and Road Initiative.
The event was attended by Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres, Managing Director of the International Monitory Fund Christine Lagarde and other distinguished personalities.
President Bhandari participated and addressed the Leaders’ Roundtable of the event. Bhandari, speaking on the theme of ‘promoting Green and Sustainable Development to Implement the UN 2030 Agenda’, drew the attention of the world’s leaders to the adverse effects of climate change.
She laid emphasis on the need for developing clean energy and low-carbon pathways of development by means of scientific research-based solutions.
The Roundtable was chaired by the Chinese President himself. President Bhandari was accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Chief Minister of Province No 3, Dor Mani Poudel and other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. RSS
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