Date：Nov 04, 2015
Place: Room C105, building of the School of International Studies
Speaker: Prof. Daojiong Zha
To bring together stakeholders and potential partners to discuss and scope a research project and framework of cooperation to support Chinese investment in sustainable development of the Pacific Island Countries.
Terms of reference for discussion:
The Pacific Islands are a natural extension of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, with growing trade, investment and tourism links to China.
The region is rich in natural resources, from minerals and energy to the world’s great fishery resource of the Pacific. The island nations are also rich in cultural heritage and natural experiences that hold great potential for future sustainable tourism development.
The Pacific Islands are, however, separated from major markets by distance and have underdeveloped infrastructure, including ports and air links and other infrastructure for fisheries, agricultural and tourism industry development. The region is also facing impacts from climate change, including rising oceans and natural disasters.
The Chinese Government is supporting infrastructure development in the Pacific with a US$2 billion package of development aid, loans and education and training assistance. A number of Chinese firms are active in construction and other industries. Others are looking for commercial investment opportunities.
15：00 Meeting participants assemble
15：05 TBC Representative Beijing University (Prof Lei Wang, vice dean of PKU Institute of Ocean Research) Welcome and introduction
15：20 David Morris, PT&I, Overview of issues in sustainable development for Pacific Islands
15：40 Feng Yong, Ministry of Agriculture, Chinese Government training and education support to the Pacific Islands
16：00 Feng Hao, Ministry of Commerce, Opportunities for trade, investment and tourism with the Pacific Islands
16：20 Fang Zhuo, China Development Bank, Chinese funding platforms for cooperation with the Pacific Islands
16：40 David Emmitt, Conservation International, Environmental sustainability standards, metrics and partnership platforms
17：00 TBC Representative(s), Beijing University, Identify themes for a potential research project
17：20 Discussion of next steps
17：50 David Morris, PT&I and TBC, Beijing University (Prof Zha) Conclusion and summary
18：00 Meeting closes