Seminar on “The Belt and Road Initiative … and Cooperation with the Suez Canal Economic Zone”
On March 18 2017, a joint seminar between the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Council and the Chinese Center for Contemporary International Studies (CCCWS), was held at the Egyptian Diplomatic Club at It discussed the initiative of the Chinese President Xi Jin ping in 2013 and ways of future cooperation with Egypt within the framework of its national project, in achieving this with the economic region of the Suez Canal Economic Zone. The joint seminar headed by Ambassador Dr. Mounir Zahran, Chair of the Council and Ambassador Dr. Ezzat Saad Director of the Council, Ambassador. Song Aiguo Chinese Ambassador in Cairo, Dr. Jin Xin Director of CCCWS and Dr. Essam Sharaf, former Prime Minister.
The proceedings of the symposium took place over four sessions as follows:
The first session “Building Communication for Development in West
2. Asia and North Africa
The second session: “Cooperation and expansion of industrial
Third Session “Cooperation with the Suez Canal Economic Zone.
The seminar concluded by emphasizing that the Belt and Road Initiative is a global initiative that will benefit not only the 60 countries – or more – in which the new Silk Road will pass, but also the global economy and contribute to the interaction of human civilizations and cultures.
The participants stressed that stability in the world and in the Middle East in particular will play an important role in the implementation of the initiative, which places on Egypt and China the need to develop common visions and strategic visions to confront intellectual and religious terrorism.
As for the cooperation in the Suez Canal Economic Zone under the initiative, it was stressed that Chinese companies and investors are aware of the importance of this cooperation, which is through the flow of Chinese investment, especially in the field of logistics, infrastructure and high technology industries in many fields, Goods for Europe.
It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs arranged a visit to the Chinese delegation to the economic zone in AinSukhna on March 19, where the developments in the Chinese region were identified, some factories were inspected and the new rules and procedures followed in granting licenses.
The proceedings of the symposium took place over four sessions concluded to emphasize that, the Belt and Road Initiative is a global initiative that will benefit not only the 60 countries – or more – in which the new Silk Road will pass, but also the global economy and contribute to the interaction of human civilizations and cultures.