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Joint Capacity Building Project kicks off in Shenzhen

  In the morning of April 7th, a 10-day capacity building project entitled "Knowledge sharing and capacity building on the synergies between the BRI and sustainable development in the era of Covid-19 and beyond” officially kicked off in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. This project is co-hosted by National Development and Reform Commission(NDRC) and United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), and organized by the International Cooperation Center of the NDRC.

  Opening remarks were given by Li Bin, First-Class Counsel (DG-level), Department of International Cooperation, NDRC, Beate Trankmann, UNDP Resident Representative in China, Liu Jianxing, Deputy Director, International Cooperation Center, NDRC, Zhao Yong, board member of Tanoto Foundation and Qin Shijie, Second-Class Counsel of Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality.

  Mr.Li Bin pointed out that the pandemic has affected the world in many respects since last year, yet despite the headwinds, Belt and Road cooperation has not paused, but forged ahead with new outcomes, strong resilience and great vitality. Actually, this project is the significant achievement of jointly promote implementation of the  Belt and Road Initiative action plan by both sides.

  Ms. Beate Trankmann said, UNDP has attached great importance to building the Belt and Road Initiative with China, the cooperation reflects the common vision of NDRC and UNDP in jointly promoting post-pandemic sustainable development, tackling climate change and facilitating the realization of carbon neutrality.

  More than 30 government officials from NDRC, MOFA, Development and Reform Commission of local government and public institutions of the NDRC attended the project. 25 international and national experts from multilateral financial institutions, world-leading universities and think tanks, UNDP Country Officers, as well as partner countries are brought together, on site and online, to exchange insights and views under the current Covid-19 context. With a focus on five priority areas, lectures mainly cover topics in innovation, transfer and development of clean energy techniques, sustainable finance, UNDP’s strengthen and experience in project management, international cooperation, as well as post-pandemic recovery.