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Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2005

The chairman of the National People's Congress' Standing Committee told the 1st Euro-Asia Economic Forum at its opening ceremony that cooperation in the development of energy, tourism, transportation and environmental protection should be the region's joint priority.

Wu Bangguo said Asia and Europe have geographical advantages for economic cooperation and, with complementary economies and many areas of collaboration, prospects are extremely good.

"Regional cooperation between European and Asian countries has started late and the current level of cooperation is not high. Strengthening economic cooperation has become the mutual aim of all partners," said Wu.

The forum, held in the capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province Xi'an, is co-sponsored by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), China Development Bank and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and supported by the Boao Forum for Asia.

Xi'an was the starting point of the Silk Road, a major trade route between China and Europe, and will be the forum's permanent conference site, according to Zhang Deguang, secretary-general of the SCO.

This is the first time for the SCO to cooperate with other international organizations in holding a large-scale economic seminar in China.

Delegates from China, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will discuss topics including energy, tourism and financial cooperation, said Sun Qingyun, mayor of Xi'an.

Tajikistani Prime Minister Akil Akilov said the forum has vital significance for member nations' economic and cultural cooperation. "We expect this forum to help countries in this region, and for constructive dialogue to seek the best path for economic and trade cooperation."

During the forum, parallel sessions on tourism, energy and financial cooperation and a round table meeting of governors and mayors were held.


Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2007
Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2007opened in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, drawing 1,400 delegates from more than 20 countries.

During the two-day forum, participants will discuss cooperation and development in the fields of energy, tourism, education, finance. A roundtable meeting of governors and mayors will also be held, according to the organizers.

Jia Qinglin, who is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and also Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, attended the opening ceremony.

The 2007 Euro-Asia Economic Forum is sponsored by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretariat, the SCO Business Council, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the secretariat of Eurasian Economic Community, China Development Bank and Shaanxi Provincial Government.

Xi'an, which hosted the first session of the forum in November 2005, has been named the permanent venue of the forum.

Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2009
The 2009 Euro-Asia Economic Forum is opened on Nov. 16 in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, The theme of the two-day forum was "Working Together to Facilitate Economic Recovery".

  It was an important to hold the forum at such a crucial stage when the European and Asian countries were working together to fight the global economic downturn. The forum held a plenary meeting and four parallel meetings with sub-themes on finance, energy, customs and business and education.

About 600 to 700 delegates from the members and observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the UN organizations and other nations in Europe and Asia were participated in the meeting.

The forum sponsored by 11 agencies, including the SCO Secretariat, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the secretariat of Euro-Asia Economic Community, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Shaanxi Provincial Government.

 The biennial Euro-Asia Economic Forum was first launched in China in 2005 with the first two rounds held in Xi'an in 2005 and 2007. Xi'an was named the permanent venue of the forum in April 2007.

Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2011
The fourth Euro-Asia Economic Forum held in Xi'an, capital city of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, from Sept. 22 to 24. Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attended the forum and address the opening ceremony.

The 2011 session of the forum run under the theme, "Innovating Euro-Asia Cooperation, Sharing Transformation Opportunity. About 750 representatives attended the forum, including leaders, government officials, ambassadors, entrepreneurs and academics from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries and its observing countries as well as other countries from the European-Asian region.

The forum was an open and high-level platform for economic dialogues between European and Asian areas under the responsibility of the SCO. during the forum all parties exchange views on regional economic cooperation and promote common development and prosperity.

Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2013
The fifth Euro-Asia Economic Forum opened in Xi’an with the Silk Road economic belt high on the agenda. Chinese President Xi Jinping's proposal for the Silk Road belt has brought unprecedented opportunities for regional development, said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang at the opening ceremony of the forum. Eurasian countries should push forward with more, higher level, broader regional cooperation, with a firmer resolve and more practical measures, to make the idea a reality as soon as possible for the benefit of the people, said Wang in his keynote speech. He stressed mutual political trust and common development in the region, calling for opening up and fighting protectionism in all forms, promoting mutual understanding and deepening friendship by expanding exchanges in education, culture and tourism.

The three-day conference in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, attracted about 2,000 delegates from 75 countries, regions and international organizations, including foreign leaders such as Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Ukrainian First Vice Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov.

Themed "deepening pragmatic cooperation and promote common prosperity", the forum features eight main seminars on cultural heritage, ecological safety, economic growth, education, energy development, financial cooperation, new technology and tourism development.

Afghanistan supports Silk Road economic belt proposal and wants to be part of regional cooperation, said Karzai at the opening ceremony.

During his visit to Kazakhstan in early September, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the proposal of a Silk Road economic belt to deepen cooperation and make economic ties closer among European and Asian nations.

The Silk Road refers to the land trade route opened when Zhang Qian was sent west on a diplomatic mission more than 2,000 years ago. Starting from the city known today as Xi'an, the ancient Silk Road ran through northwest China's Gansu Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and Central and Western Asia, before reaching the Mediterranean.

China remains a developing center to the whole world and China's development brings opportunities to other countries, said Serhiy Arbuzov.

Shaanxi, near the geographical center of China, plays an important role in China's opening up to the West, said Governor Lou Qinjian.

The province will focus on its distinctive industries and realize win-win outcomes with Eurasian countries, said Lou.
Xing Guangcheng, researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the Silk Road economic belt could take a long time and it is important to strengthen exchanges and build mutual trust.

The Silk Road is not only a trade route, but also a route of culture and peace. The Euro-Asia Economic Forum serves as a good platform for communication, but more exchange and cooperation are necessary, said Sun Zhuangzhi, another expert in Central Asia studies.

Currently, infrastructure along the Silk Road such as roads and pipelines have been initially completed, but more effort in mechanisms for trade and investment are needed, said Feng Zongxian, professor of economics at Xi'an Jiaotong University.


A vital precondition is for countries to have an open, inclusive and win-win mindset, said Feng.
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