Belt & Road News Digest: August, 2016
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Yvonne Choi Ying-Bik Appointed as Belt & Road Commissioner
Yvonne Choi Ying-Bik, who served in several administrative roles in the government including Director of Information Services Department and Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, will be appointed as the Commissioner for Belt & Road.
According to Chief Executive CY Leung, Miss Choi will make good use of the new development opportunities for Hong Kong in the Belt and Road through liaising with government departments and the society. Miss Choi will also be providing suggestions and advices to both the Chief Executive and the Belt & Road steering committee on implementing and formulating relevant strategies.
Mr Leung also stated that Miss Choi has a wealth of work experience in economic and trade affairs”, and that he is confident that she can assist in planning policies that can facilitate Hong Kong’s participation in the Belt & Road.
Miss Choi will be reporting directly to the Chief Executive and will not be remunerated. Her term will begin from August 1 this year till June 30 in 2017.
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Xi Jinping Calls for Concrete Belt & Road Policies
The Belt & Road Construction Work Symposium was held on 17th at Beijing’s Great Hall of People. Vice Premier and leader of the Belt & Road Construction Leading Group Zhang Gaoli presided over the meeting.
President Xi Jinping put forward 8 requirements to promote development of the Belt and Road. These include setting up concrete policies to support various projects, speed up landing of key projects, and setting up a stable and reliable financial security system.
Xi also mentioned at the Symposium that China currently has already signed cooperation agreement with over 30 countries, and have linked up international industrial capacity cooperation with more than 20 countries.
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Aung San Suu Kyi Inked Deals For Myanmar At Visit to China
Myanmar’s Senior Ministor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi has recently completed her 5-day visit to China. Aung San Suu Kyi met with a number of state leaders, including president Xi Jinping, premier Li Keqiang and NPC chairman Zhang Dejiang.
Regarding to when the long-suspended construction of Myitsone hydropower plant can resume, Aung San Suu Kyi said she could not give a definite answer. However, she also stated that Myanmar has already formed an audit committee, which will submit an evaluation report in November.
The two countries signed a number of cooperation agreement while Aung was in China, such as building hospitals in the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, as well as building a bridge at the border of Northeast Myanmar.