Sustainable development of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road to the South Pacific

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Date:Nov 04, 2015

Time:15:00-18:00

Place: Room C105,  building of the School of International Studies

Speaker: Prof. Daojiong Zha


Objective:

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. 


Agenda

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