Promoting joint construction and benefit-sharing of high-speed rail under the Belt and Road Initiative
YINCHUAN, China, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — High-speed Rail Conference of China-Arab States Expo 2017 opened at Yinchuan International Convention Center today. Sponsored by China Railway Corporation and the People’s Government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and organized by China Academy of Railway Sciences and Development and Reform Commission of Ningxia, the conference attracted participants from the Arab League, Afghanistan, Jordan, Indonesia, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, etc. More than 300 representative from Chinese associations, academies, universities, enterprises and governments at all levels also participated in the conference.
Special guests who gave speeches at the ceremony include Mr. Zhang Chaochao, Vice Governor from the autonomous region, and Dr. Kamal Babiker, Assistant Secretary of the Arab League. In addition, Liu Zhenfang, Vice General Manager of China Railway Corporation delivered a keynote speech, giving an overall review of the achievements of China’s high-speed rail and the international exchanges and cooperation in its railway sector.
As Liu noted in his speech, Chinese leaders called for joint Chinese and Arab efforts to build the Belt and Road Initiative at the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum in 2014. Later, when delivering a speech at the Arab League Headquarters in 2016, Chinese leaders underlined China’s readiness to work with Arab states to jointly build the initiative and expand common ground in their respective effort to achieve national renewal by speeding up the introduction of high-speed rail and other new and high technologies, so as to add more value to the pragmatic cooperation between China and Arab states. In line with the practical needs and long-term development of China-Arab states cooperation, these important remarks by the President invigorated the bilateral railway cooperation with a clear direction. Recent years have witnessed ever increasing interests in railway exchanges and cooperation. Railway sector in China is ready to work with its counterparts in the Arab states and Muslim world in accordance with the principles of “extensive consultation, joint efforts and shared benefits” to step up cooperation in high-speed rail as a new chapter in bilateral railway collaboration.
The opening ceremony was followed by speeches on specific topics, roundtable and other activities held by China Railway Corporation. Representatives from China Railway, Ningxia Autonomous Region, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia and Investment Promotion Commission of Sudan spoke on “China-Arab States Railway Cooperation and Development: Significance and Role”. Panel discussions on “China-Arab States Railway Cooperation and Development: Approach and Model” were attended by participants from Jordan Ministry of Transport, Moroccan National Railways, Egyptian Railway Authority, and Chinese conglomerates, including China Railway Group Limited (CREC), China Railway Signal & Communication Company Limited (CRSC), China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC), CRRC Corporation Limited, and Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA).
As a significant component of the conference, the three-day China High-speed Rail Technology Exhibition coincided with the Expo. The exhibition consisted of two parts – China’s achievements in railway and international railway cooperation. In an exhibition area of over 1,000 square meters, the Chinese conglomerates showcased their latest innovation in engineering, construction, equipment manufacturing, operation and management of railway, particularly high-speed rail, as well as the results of international exchanges and cooperation, aiming to facilitate win-win cooperation in rail transit between China and the Arab states and beyond.
Approved by the State Council of China, China-Arab States Expo is an international comprehensive exposition jointly organized by the Ministry of Commerce of China, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the People’s Government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Since 2010, Ningxia has held three sessions of the forum and two sessions of the expo.