Second China-South Asia Cooperation Forum held | Daily News


Second China-South Asia Cooperation Forum held

Keynote speakers at the CSACF’s website launching ceremony.
Keynote speakers at the CSACF’s website launching ceremony.

The Second China-South Asia Cooperation Forum, a platform to further enhance socioeconomic ties between China and South Asia, commenced on Monday in Yuxi in Yunnan Province, China.

Held in parallel with the China-South Asia Expo, the forum was held under the theme; ‘Stronger Sub-National Partnership for Win-Win Opportunities’. It included a China Yunnan-Indian Cultural week, China Kunming-India yoga conference, China-South Asia media forum, an exhibition, dialogues between local leaders from China and South Asia, as well as a high-level round-table meeting for economic and trade cooperation among others.

Over 400 participants attended the two-day event, including delegates from Sri Lanka. Senior officials and media representatives from China, South Asian countries, Southeast Asian countries as well as representatives from various international organisations, attended the event.

The forum’s discussion topics revolve on closer cooperation in terms of interconnectivity, business, poverty reduction, finance, and people-to-people exchanges.

Yunnan Province Governor Ruan Chengfa said at the inauguration that the CSACF was a new platform for exchanges and cooperation based on the China-South Asia Expo and South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair.

“It aims to further strengthen local exchanges and cooperation between China and South Asia and align the Belt and Road Initiative with the development strategies of South Asian countries,” he said.

The governor suggested that all parties set up liaison offices in foreign affairs departments to facilitate daily communication, as well as jointly advance the implementation of cooperation projects.

Priyantha Mayadunne, Secretary to the Ministry of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education in Sri Lanka, said China’s investments in Sri Lanka has brought mutual benefits.

While highlighting Chinese assistance in the water supply sector, he invited China to invest in other sectors as well in the future.

The organisers of the forum expect to promote CSACF as a new and regular platform for policy dialogue, economic cooperation, people-to-people exchange, and knowledge-sharing for China and South Asian countries.

The forum will be held annually in Yunnan, organisers said.

Yunnan is a border province in southwest China and a gateway between China and countries in Southeast and South Asia.


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