The Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing on 14th and 15th May was attended by a delegation of the Czech Republic headed by President Miloš Zeman. President of the Czech Republic was accompanied by his adviser and president of New Silk Road Institute Prague, Mr. Jan Kohout.
Within the Forum, highest representatives of the Czech Republic and China met personally. According to the joint declaration, China is ready to strengthen its strategic partnership. Both countries would like to follow mutual cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy, finance, high-speed rail construction, as well as tourism development, culture and health. President Xi Jinping also stressed that the Czech Republic was the first European country which confirmed its intention to cooperate on the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. During the meeting, both presidents signed series of agreements on cooperation in the mentioned areas, such as development of the Belt and Road Initiative, healthcare or small and medium-sized enterprises’ support.
The Forum itself was attended by leaders of 29 countries, governments’ members, leading representatives of international organizations and important corporations. On this occasion, President Xi Jinping confirmed that China had signed agreements on cooperation with more than 68 states and international organizations so far. Within the closing ceremony, a list of key Forum outputs – summarizing the points of more than 270 concrete results in key areas such as infrastructure, business, and finance – was approved. According to the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delegates agreed on priority policy consultations, cooperation on improving infrastructure and promoting sustainable development. The Chinese President also announced that the second Forum of the Belt and Road Initiative will take place in 2019. Afterwards, a round table for the leaders of the participating countries was held on Monday 15th May.
Source: New Silk Road Institute Prague