Greater BRI sci­ence team­work ex­pected

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By ZHANG ZHIHAO zhangzhi­hao@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has called on sci­en­tific or­ga­ni­za­tions from coun­tries in­volved in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion and con­trib­ute more to build­ing a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind.

Xi made the re­mark in a let­ter to the First Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the Al­liance of In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Belt and Road Re­gion on Sun­day.

Xi’s let­ter also con­grat­u­lated the as­sem­bly on the open­ing of the Sec­ond In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Fo­rum of Sci­en­tific Or­ga­ni­za­tions on the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. Both events opened on Sun­day in Bei­jing and end on Mon­day.

Xi said jointly build­ing the Belt and Road has been wel­comed by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and strength­en­ing sci­en­tific co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries along the BRI is a key part of build­ing the over­all project.

Sci­en­tific co­op­er­a­tion has also played a pos­i­tive role in im­prov­ing peo­ple’s liveli­hoods, fa­cil­i­tat­ing growth and jointly tack­ling com­mon chal­lenges, Xi added.

He hoped the sci­en­tific com­mu­ni­ties from coun­tries in­volved in the ini­tia­tive can make good use of the plat­form, and en­hance co­or­di­na­tion in sci­en­tific and in­no­va­tion-re­lated poli­cies and de­vel­op­ment strate­gies.

Xi also urged sci­en­tific or­ga­ni­za­tions to co­op­er­ate in ma­jor sci­en­tific and tech­nol­ogy pro­jects, nur­ture in­no­va­tive tal­ent and im­prove new ca­pa­bil­i­ties in or­der to make im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to pro­mot­ing peo­ple-to-peo­ple re­la­tions and the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the econ­omy and so­ci­ety, as well as build­ing a green and in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment path.

The al­liance is an in­ter­na­tional, non­profit and non­govern­men­tal sci­en­tific or­ga­ni­za­tion jointly cre­ated by the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences and or­ga­ni­za­tions from around the world.

So far, there are 32 mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions from coun­tries in­clud­ing Rus­sia, Pak­istan, Poland, Hun­gary, Brazil and other Latin Amer­i­can and Euro­pean coun­tries work­ing with the al­liance, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

The In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Fo­rum of Sci­en­tific Or­ga­ni­za­tions on the BRI was first held in Bei­jing in Novem­ber 2016.

The fo­rum aims to pro­mote sci­en­tific in­no­va­tion and co­op­er­a­tion, and to fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment for coun­tries in­volved in the ini­tia­tive.

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