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New Zealand China Council Releases Belt and Road Initiative Report in Wellington

On June 21, 2018, the New Zealand China Council held the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Report Presentation in Wellington. Over 50 people attended the event, including the Executive Director of the New Zealand China Council Stephen Jacobi, Education New Zealand Chair Charles Finny, National Party MP Dr Yang Jian, Customs New Zealand Chief Executive Christine Stevenson and representatives from the Wellington City Council, as well as business, academic communities and the media. Chargé d'affaires Qu Guangzhou was invited to attend and delivered a speech.

Stephen Jacobi briefed the audience on the key contents of the RBI Report, and positively evaluated the important opportunities brought by the RBI to the global community. He encouraged New Zealand to seize such opportunities and actively participate in this initiative. From the New Zealand's perspective, the report proposes four specific areas that can be developed under the BRI to provide a new impetus for bilateral relations and practical cooperation: Trade Facilitation, New Zealand as a conduit to South America, the Creative Sector, and Innovation.

In his speech, Chargé d'affaires Qu Guangzhou conveyed the congratulations of Ambassador Wu Xi on the release of the Report by the New Zealand China Council. Mr Qu appreciated the long-standing contribution made by the New Zealand China Council to the promotion of China-New Zealand friendship and positively appraised the role of the BRI Report in promoting cooperation between the two countries. He noted that China stands ready to work with New Zealand to further advance cooperation to benefit the two countries and their peoples.

All participants expressed their willingness to participate in the BRI, with co-operative proposals in the fields of innovation, economics and trade, e-commerce, science and technology, education and cultural exchanges,etc..

Under the authority of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand China Council commissioned PWC to prepare the report after extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders.

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