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International Conference Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI)

25-26 May 2017

The above conference was jointly organised by the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) and the China Institute for International and Strategic Studies (CIISS). 

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Yang Berhormat Senator Dato’ Sri SK Devamany delivered the Keynote Address and officiated the conference while the Welcoming Remarks were delivered by YBhg. Vice Admiral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Ramli bin Hj Mohd Nor (R), Chairman of MIMA.  Major General (Retd) Gong Xianfu, Vice Chairman CIISS and Madam Ma Jia, Deputy Head of Mission and Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia presented their Introductory Notes.

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Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, YB Senator Dato’ Sri SK Devamany delivering the Keynote Address 

 

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Major General (Retd) Gong Xianfu, Vice Chairman CIISS (second from left) presenting a memento to Dato Sri Sk Devamany. Also present (from left) YBhg. Vice Admiral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Ramli bin Hj Mohd Nor (R), Chairman of MIMA, Madam Ma Jia, Deputy Head of Mission and Minister Counsellor Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, and Ybhg First Admiral Dato Chin Yoon Chin , Director General, MIMA

The conference examined various issues in particular Maritime Silk Road developments and assessed how countries, including Malaysia, could best reap the benefits of this initiative. China is keen to invest in Malaysia’s infrastructure projects as Malaysia is viewed as politically stable, has favorable economic growth prospects, is highly ranked in trade competitiveness, and offers both traditional and emerging areas in which to invest. Such investments would benefit Malaysia by placing her along the future growth and development alignments envisaged under the various BRI initiatives. 

 

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Session Two speakers with Chairperson. From left Commodore Dr. M Ihsan Qadir SI(M), Bahria University, Karachi, Datin Sharina Shaukat, MIMA, Maria Anna Rowena Luz G. Layador, Foreign Service Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines and Professor Leszek Buszynski ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

 

YBhg. First Admiral Dato’ Chin Yoon Chin (R), MIMA Director-General’s closing speech noted that the Twenty-First Century can be defined as a “maritime century” which is one key component of BRI that enhances the maritime connectivity among Asian countries. He visualized that BRI would provide an integrated economic zone that will positively affect a third of the world’s population. 

Earlier, MIMA and CIISS signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 22 May 2017 to conduct research on multilateral mechanisms for regional low-sensitivity security cooperation, in particular on BRI related programmes. The MoU includes the exchange of academic information and research material, scholarly papers, policy research and training, and joint publications. A workshop is also planned in the fall of 2017 in China to address issues relating to geo-political perceptions and economic constraints faced by China. 

 

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Major General (Retd) Gong Xianfu, Vice Chairman CIISS and First Admiral Dato Chin Yoon Chin , Director General, MIMA signing the MoU on research-related exchanges. 

MIMA and CIISS will also focus on addressing multipronged issues involving China and ASEAN aimed mainly at ensuring that collaboration on BRI will contribute towards regional cooperation. It will also emphasise on ensuring that maritime-related infrastructure developments involving Malaysia and China under the BRI defer to the needs of ecosystem preservation as outlined in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

 

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MIMA and CISS Delegation at the MoU Signing ceremony

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he above conference was jointly organised by the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) and the China Institute for International and Strategic Studies (CIISS). 

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