Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Liu Guangyuan speaks at the Hague Conference on Private International Law Conventions Supporting Transnational Litigation in Civil or Commercial Matters: A Workshop to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific under the Hong Kong Legal Week on Nov 8, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
Hong Kong youngsters, with international vision and an upbringing influenced by the culture of both East and the West, stand to reap unlimited opportunities from the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, senior Chinese diplomat Liu Guangyuan said on Thursday.
Speaking at the first Belt and Road Youth Development Summit, Liu, commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, called on the city’s young people to be the bridge to enhance people-to-people bonding with countries taking part in the initiative.
They can also leverage Hong Kong’s advantages as a link between the motherland and the world to explore more opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship, Liu said.
Themed at implementing the spirit of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and leveraging the role of Hong Kong to facilitate the development of the initiative and the ‘dual circulation’ economic strategy, the summit is co-organized by the Belt and Road General Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR.
A platform named “Business Cooperation Network of International Overseas Chinese Youth” was also established at the first Belt and Road Youth Development Summit
A platform named “Business Cooperation Network of International Overseas Chinese Youth” was also established at the summit.
Liu said ensuring high-quality development of the initiative will be put into a report to the National Congress, which is China’s solemn commitment to the world, and it will continue to contribute to global development.
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In a speech at the same event, Chief Secretary for Administration Eric Chan Kwok-ki said construction of the initiative is an important entry point for the Hong Kong SAR government to enable young people to develop a correct view of the overall situation and make contributions to the development of the country and the world.
He said the HKSAR government will publish the first edition of the Youth Development Blueprint at the end of this year to outline its principles, objectives and actions in pursuing development of young people.
The SAR government will also set up a steering group on integration into national development, to be chaired by the chief executive, with three secretaries of departments as deputies. One of its goals is to promote the financial services and other collaboration amid high-quality development of the initiative, as well as deepening Hong Kong’s ties with the Chinese mainland, Chan said.
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Cheng Cheung-ling, president of the Belt and Road General Chamber of Commerce said the Party’s 20th National Congress report proposed building high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative. Such a platform, which can benefit countries and their people, will be a welcome international cooperation platform, she said.
Noting the importance President Xi Jinping has attached to the young generation, Cheng pledged that the chamber will continue to put an emphasis on development of young people.