(Focus on Boao) Chinese businessmen in Boao talk about the "Belt and Road": seize opportunities and share gains

  China News Service, Boao, April 20 (Reporter Wu Kan) At the Boao Forum for Asia 2021 annual meeting held here, Chinese business leaders talked about the "Belt and Road" and discussed how to seize opportunities and share gains.

The picture shows Zhang Yin, executive director of the China Overseas Friendship Association and chairman of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Co., Ltd. attending and giving a speech.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Luo Yunfei

  Zhang Yin, executive director of the China Overseas Friendship Association and chairman of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Co., Ltd., introduced that in response to the "One Belt and One Road" initiative, Nine Dragons Paper has established a papermaking base in Vietnam and acquired pulp and paper in Wendong County, Pahang, Malaysia in 2019. Plant and plans to build an intelligent papermaking base in Selangor, Malaysia. It is estimated that an additional 5.4 billion ringgit will be invested in Malaysia in the future.

  In the process of helping the construction of the "Belt and Road", Zhang Yin has gained some insights.

"In the process of investing and setting up factories in the countries along the route, we attach great importance to mutual benefit and win-win results, to provide local jobs, increase taxes, and improve the level of the industrial chain." For example, Nine Dragons Paper's second phase of the Vietnam base and the new project in Malaysia are both Adhere to green papermaking, and reach the world's leading level in technology, equipment and environmental protection, and are recognized by the local government.

The picture shows Xu Rongmao, member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Vice Chairman of the China Overseas Friendship Association, and Chairman of the Shimao Group Board of Directors, attending and delivering a speech.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Luo Yunfei

  Xu Rongmao, Chairman of Shimao Group’s Board of Directors, said that in response to the “One Belt and One Road” initiative, in recent years, Shimao Group has cooperated with the “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Hong Kong Center and the “Asian Foundation for Blindness Prevention” to initiate and implement the “Belt and Road” initiative to eliminate cataracts. Blind Action, donated 10 million Hong Kong dollars to provide equipment support and medical mobile surgical carts for Cambodian cataract patients to help patients see the light again.

  Xu Rongmao said that in the process of participating in the construction of the “Belt and Road”, Chinese business enterprises should fulfill their social responsibilities, actively promote local employment, and bring tangible benefits to the people of the countries along the “Belt and Road”.

  Guo Kongfeng, chairman of the Yihai Kerry Group, introduced that the controlling shareholder of Yihai Kerry, Wilmar International, has businesses in countries along the “Belt and Road”, including palm plantations, agricultural processing and marketing networks.

In his view, the "Belt and Road" agricultural cooperation will not only help meet local consumer demand, but also export products to China to meet China's demand for high-quality agricultural products.

  "The Belt and Road Initiative provides a broad development platform for Chinese businessmen. Chinese businessmen can act as linkers, builders and contributors." said Chen Jianghe, chairman of Singapore Golden Eagle Group. The Chen Jianghe Foundation announced in 2016 that it would invest 100 million yuan in support "One Belt One Road" talent development. Over the years, the project has trained more than 550 high-level officials, business executives, experts and scholars from countries along the "Belt and Road" routes, enhancing communication with them and strengthening mutual trust and understanding.

  In the opinion of Shi Ganping, Chairman of Demai International Industry Group, Chinese businessmen can be good liaisons in the process of helping the construction of the “Belt and Road”, and give full play to their advantages in business networks, capital and contacts, and adopt a grounded attitude that local people are willing to accept. Way to promote interconnectivity.

"For example, during the epidemic last year, our company donated 90 mask machines to Sri Lanka. Later, we acted as a matchmaker and facilitated some cooperation between Shandong Province and Sri Lanka in education and agriculture."

  Zhai Jingli, vice president of APP (China) of Cotai Group, said that the “Belt and Road” initiative will bring great opportunities for Chinese businessmen. In the future, APP (China) of Cotai Group also looks forward to cooperating with countries along the “Belt and Road” in terms of intelligent manufacturing, product research and development, and service value-added services. Strengthen cooperation and complement each other in resources.

"We will continue to use an open and innovative attitude to help Chinese companies go out and enterprises from countries along the'Belt and Road' to come in." (End)