|CSEBA at First Silk Road NGO Cooperation Network Forum|
|Author: Matej Balen|
|23rd November 2017|
|BEIJING - After just concluded the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, where the “Belt and Road Initiative” were put into newly revised Constitution of the Party, the Silk Road NGO Cooperation Network Forum is being held for the first time, demonstrating the importance and long term strategy of the initiative, and promoting the cooperation between all the NGO-members along the Silk Road countries.|
The establishment the the Silk Road NGO Cooperation Network was first announced by the President Xi Jinping in Beijing, at the opening ceremony of the “One Belt, One Road” Summit in May this year, with a goal to build a network of non-governmental organizations which would jointly construct a mechanism for promotion of future cooperation projects, building of coordinated governmental policies among different countries and multilateral communication between all the member countries.
At the opening ceremony of the forum held in Beijing, on November 21st, Mr Song Tao, Minister of the International Department CPC Central Committee, read the congratulatory letter from President Xi Jinping. President Xi emphasised the significance of the newly established Silk Road NGO Cooperation Network, new opportunity to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between people of different countries, promotion of sustainable development and building of shared future for the mankind.
The forum gathered more than 300 non-governmental organizations from over 60 countries that joined the membership in the first couple of months, and amongst them, Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA). CSEBA’s President, Mario Rendulić, who was attending the Forum, stated that this is another key moment for future development of the OBOR Initiative.
“NGOs are time and again unavoidable pieces in the creation of positive changes, that trigger actions in relevant areas that sometimes cannot be addressed directly or efficiently by the government itself. By pointing out these issues to the government, by contributing with problem-solving suggestions and by mutual cooperation with NGOs all across the Silk Road countries, common development can be achieved.”
The Silk Road NGO Cooperation Network Forum will be held every two years in China, while the regional forums will be held in the years between the main forum in one of the member countries. CSEBA proposed that The First Regional Road NGO Cooperation Network Forum be held in Zagreb, Croatia in 2018.