Conference and international forum to discuss responses to the Belt and Road Initiative
The Academic Conference and International Forum on “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Recent Policy Development and Responses from Other Countries”, jointly organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Centre and China Economic Research Programme of Lingnan University, Bauhinia Magazine, Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies, Institute of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Development Studies of Sun Yat-sen University, Hong Kong-Shanghai Economic Development Association and Association of Chinese Culture of Hong Kong, was held on 2 and 3 December on Lingnan campus and at Harbour Grand Hong Kong Hotel respectively.
The event aimed to review the responses from Belt and Road regions on the initiative, in particular responses from the academic sector, think tanks and related public organisations. It also provided an opportunity for experts and academics to further understand the latest developments on related policies since the Belt and Road initiative was proposed three years ago, with a view to promoting in-depth mutual dialogue and cooperation.
Officiating guests who attended the opening ceremony of the International Forum on 3 December included Mr Lei Haiqiu, Deputy Director of Department of Economic Affairs of the Liaison Office, the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR, President Leonard K Cheng, Lingnan University, Mr Yang Yong, Chairman and Chief Editor, Bauhinia Magazine and Mr Huangpou Xing, Vice-Chairman and General Secretary, Association of Chinese Culture of Hong Kong.
The organisers also invited numerous experts, scholars and government officials from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and other overseas countries who had outstanding research performance on areas related to the Belt and Road initiative to attend the event and give keynote speeches. The two-day conference and forum attracted the attendance of over 150 overseas experts, scholars and representatives from related organisations and bodies.