Joseph Chan Nap-kee
On behalf of the Silk Road Economic Development Research Center, I would like to thank all the distinguished guests who are able to join us in celebrating our center’s 5th anniversary. I would also like to thank the Government of the HKSAR, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government and representatives from various consulate generals in Hong Kong for being here for this special occasion. As big advocates for cultural & business exchanges among the Belt and Road, we have been having continuous support from the consulate generals in Hong Kong since our center’s establishment in 2014. We have also been working hard under the radar for the past 5 years, keep doing research in order to provide quality Belt and Road related content to the public.
Through my business endeavors in the Belt and Road countries, We have noticed that the importance and power of the Initiative is still not well known among the general public in Hong Kong. So we established this center with the idea of creating a platform to gather passionate participants of the Belt and Road Initiative.
We have formed close ties with the governments involved by continually providing quality suggestions and propositions on the efficacy of the Initiative. At the same time, our center has taken great responsibilities in playing a big role in community service. In our increasingly divided society, our center hopes to encourage connectivity among the countries along the Belt and Road. We aim to cultivate cultural exchanges especially for minorities from Belt and Road countries living in Hong Kong. By partnering with like-minded organizations, we are able to maximize our network in Hong Kong to raise awareness of the initiative. In the future, our center looks to expand our influence by establishing a membership policy and will begin to recruit members in our pursuit of harmony and development. We look forward to opening up an on-going dialogue, benefit from this grand Initiative!