Speech at the 12th Annual Sino-International Freight Forwarders Conference Liang Dan, Senior Techni
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Dear Guests and Friends,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this forum and to see so many friends from logistics circle worldwide. First of all, please allow me to extend my sincere appreciation to organizers of this forum—China International Freight Forwarders Association and WCA for organizing this excellent event!
Ideally located on the eastern coast of China, Qingdao city has all needed logistics infrastructure such as highways, railways and port. It is at the juncture of China proposed Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Therefore, the Conference we are having in Qingdao bears special significance in linking up the “Belt and Road initiative” with international logistics businesses together.
As a United Nations specialized agency, UNIDO is committed to promoting global inclusive and sustainable industrial growth, particularly in developing countries. Most of the countries along the “Belt and Road” are developing countries with great development potential. UNIDO believes that the “Belt and Road” will serve as a very good platform with plenty of opportunities for development and cooperation for all countries involved. At present, developing countries are encountered with window opportunity period in their journey to industrialization and modernization. By seizing the opportunity to participate in this great initiative, they are likely to realize higher economic growth and trade development through enhanced infrastructure and logistics services provided by freight forwarders around the world. This will also bring new energy to South-South cooperation among developing countries.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I’m pleased to inform you that UNIDO will cooperate with other four UN agencies which include UNDP, UNESCO, UNOSSC and UNWTO, to jointly carry out Maritime and Continental Silk Road City Alliance project, which is an important platform provided by the UN agencies to serve the cities and business community along “Belt and Road”. Starting from establishing a Maritime and Continental Silk Road City Alliance, this project aims at promoting a full range of cooperation and common development among cities through special working committees, such as
business council and committees on trade and investment, logistics, finance, tourism and culture. In addition, UNIDO also plans to implement its own project component by promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development along the Maritime and Continental Silk Road (MCSR).By enhancing international cooperation and establishing partnership through the MCSR cooperation mechanism, our goal is to facilitate trade and investment, support direct cooperation among enterprises, especially SMEs, and to reduce poverty and improve industrial competitiveness of all participating countries. With multilateral cooperation channels and rich expertise provided by the UN agencies, demands of the Silk Road cities and business communities may find abundant development opportunities in this initiative.
The Maritime Silk Road will connect port cities in China and other countries through strengthening maritime connectivity, port city cooperation mechanism and marine economic cooperation. It will not only benefit China, but also benefit countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania. It will also act in coordination with the continental Silk Road crossing Central Asia and Europe. Against this backdrop, we can easily see the important role logistics play in this dynamic initiative. If we refer manufacturing industry as the backbone for economic growth, logistics will serve as the artery in maintaining smooth economic operations. I hope that the Conference we are having now will help reduce international logistics cost and raise logisticis efficiency by bridging the gap between supply and demand to benefit all countries and peoples.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of the development of green industry. Environmental protection and green development are receiving unprecedented attention in today’s world and the Maritime and Continental Silk Road should also go green. UNIDO encourages development and utilization of new energy and new materials based on technology innovation, supports new manufacturing industry and e-commerce based on the Internet and pushes forward transformation from traditional industries to modern industries which are more energy-saving and environmentally-friendly. UNIDO plans to build a green Silk Road through pilot green industrial parks in selected countries, hoping that their good impact can be replicated in much larger areas so as to provide better quality of life for the 4.4 billion people along the Maritime and Continental Silk Road in the near future.
I wish this Conference a complete success!
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