On Tuesday, 24th October 2017, H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, attended a Seminar in Galway on the 19th National Congress of CPC and Belt and Road Initiative, which was co-sponsored and organized by Irish Chinese Society Galway, Galway Chamber of Commerce, and National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).
Ambassador Yue in his keynote speech gave a very timely briefing to the audience about the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which had been successfully concluded in Beijing on the same day.
The CPC Congress, which has drawn up a blueprint for China’s development from now to 2050, marks the beginning of a “new era” for socialism with Chinese characteristics, said the Ambassador.
China’s continued development would bring more opportunities to other countries, including Ireland, he said, highlighting China’s determination to further deepen reforms, and promote liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment.
“We are ready to work together with the friends and partners from the rest of the world to build a community with a shared future for mankind,” stressed the Ambassador.
In his informative presentation on the One Belt One Road Initiative, the Ambassador gave the Seminar audience a solid overview of the grand and promising development initiative, which is expected to bridge the “infrastructure gap” and thus accelerate economic growth across Eurasian continent and the Asia Pacific area.
China will unswervingly adhere to its Opening Up Policy and continue to actively promote Belt and Road international cooperation on basis of the established principles of “Extensive Consultation, Joint Contribution and Shared Benefits”, he elaborated.
China hosted the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing in mid-May 2017. Delegations from over 100 countries attended the Forum and exchanged views on synergizing national development strategies, improving connectivity, enhancing cultural communication and other topics. An official delegation of the Irish Government also attended the Forum and expressed Ireland’s readiness to participate in Belt and Road international cooperation.
The audience was impressed with the remarkable development achievements made by the Chinese nation since the national policy of Reform and Opening Up was initiated in late 1978. Many participants shared an aspiration to see the Belt and Road Initiative help create new impetus for the development of the countries in Europe and Asia.
Welcoming the Chinese Ambassador to Galway, Cllr. Pearce Flannery, Mayor of Galway, expressed in his opening remarks his confidence in further expanding exchanges and cooperation with China.
NUIG President Dr. James Browne also expressed his hope for strengthened links and cooperation between the University and Chinese institutions of higher education.
Other speakers and panelists included Professor Seamus Grimes of NUIG, Shannon Group Strategy Director Patrick Edmond, and Focus Capital Director Austin Currie.
Also present at the Seminar were Mr. Pan Xiongwen, Chief of Political & Press Section of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, Mr. Li Shaofu from Economic & Commercial Section, Mr. Jiang Jingbin from Consular Section, as well as Galway Chamber President Maurice O’Gorman, Galway Chamber General Manager Maeve Joyce, and Dr. Fergal Barry, President of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and Mr. Qian Jinlun (Kam Qin), Chairman of Irish Chinese Society Galway.
After the Seminar, Ambassador Yue had a cordial meeting at Galway City Council with Mr. Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive of the Council as well as several councilors.