The second international forum “Belt and Road” was held in Shanghai

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02 November 2017


On November 1-2 this year, Head of the Eurasian Studies Program at IWEP Ruslan Izimov participated in the 2nd Shanghai International Forum “Belt and Road” at the invitation of the Shanghai University and the Institute of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. This year, the organizers have formed the agenda including the issues of further development of cooperation within the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative, as well as the prospects of the SCO after its expansion.

More than 100 representatives of the expert community from all SCO member countries attended the Forum. During the discussion, various aspects of cooperation between the countries of Central Asia, Russia, Pakistan and India with China were discussed in the context of linking national programs with the "Belt and Road" initiative.

R. Izimov delivered a speech detailing the place and role of Kazakhstan as one of the key links in the implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative. Emphasizing the prospects of Kazakhstan-Chinese cooperation, Izimov noted the priority status of several large projects. In particular, of great interest for Kazakhstan and China at this stage is the fulfillment of the terms of the investment program, which provides for construction of the 51 enterprises on the territory of Kazakhstan.

“The adoption of the program which provides for the relocation of enterprises to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan was the result of a set of measures aimed at shifting the emphasis in Kazakhstan-Chinese cooperation toward a greater focus on high-tech industries. In particular, 51 enterprises include those of chemical industry, mining and metallurgy sector, machine building, infrastructure, energy, agro-industrial complex, light industry, oil refining, production of building materials and information technologies,” said IWEP representative R. Izimov.

At the same time, in the context of the further development of the SCO, the Forum participants held a detailed discussion of nuclear non-proliferation issues. In connection with this, experts noted the importance of compliance with international norms and agreements. At the same time, Russian and Chinese experts stressed the importance of studying and applying the experience of the Central Asian countries in the SCO, where a nuclear-free zone was implemented on the initiative of Kazakhstan and other countries of the region.

Representatives of the leading think tanks of the SCO countries noted that it is important to hold regular meetings with the expert community in order to expediently resolve emerging issues. In this context, during the Forum, the importance of such dialogue platforms as the Astana Club in the space of Eurasia was repeatedly stressed.

R. Izimov noted that the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Foundation of First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy will hold the third meeting of the Astana club on November 13-14. This year, the focus of attention of the most influential experts, diplomats, representatives of the business community and politicians from different countries of the world will be on the theme “Greater Eurasia 2027: Confrontation or Partnership.” The goal is to try and look beyond the horizon and attempt to assess the prospects of current trends in Eurasia in 10 years.