Thursday, May 3, 2018

A new milestone – Introducing the Silk Road International Association

Image from entry, with caption: Hangzhou, site of the SRIA’s inaugural meeting in June last year

To gain greater recognition for the Belt and Road Initiative and to encourage the co‑operation of countries along the routes, the IFF has inaugurated a global think tank

The Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road – collectively known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – are intended to boost the prosperity and development of the countries along the routes, as well as that of human civilisation itself. The initiative has drawn intense scrutiny and elicited positive responses from the international community. However, to operate amid the complexities of global politics, economics, society, culture and religion, the BRI calls for further recognition and greater participation.

Finance plays a leading role in the BRI. Thus, with support from the UN and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and under the leadership of Kevin Rudd, Han Seung-soo, Yukio Hatoyama, Shaukat Aziz, Jenny Shipley, Jin Liqun and Zhang Jizhong, the International Finance Forum (IFF) unites representatives of the international community, the global market and private capital resources to form the Silk Road International Association (SRIA) – comprising former political leaders, experts, scholars, economic and financial institutions, and outstanding entrepreneurs from countries participating in the BRI. ...

The SRIA’s goals are fivefold: [including]

1. Work together as an international think tank for building a network open to the whole world. Through strategic co-operation among key countries along the BRI, a mainframe of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and a strategic co-operation network can be set up to bring about better co-ordination and synergy. ...

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