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Selwyn Times: June 27, 2017

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28 Tuesday June 27 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Belt and Road Forum for Future Cooperation The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) which was concluded in May 14-15 outlined the roadmap for the success of the Belt and Road Initiative. Twenty-nine foreign heads of state and government attended the forum. Other delegates included officials, entrepreneurs, financiers and media from over 130 countries and regions, which are home to more than two thirds of the world’s population and their combined gross domestic product accounts for 90 percent of the world’s total. The second BRF will be held in China in 2019. The forum yielded a list of outcomes, which included 76 consensuses comprising more than 270 detailed results in five key areas, namely policy, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity. It sent a positive signal for all parties to work together to build a community of shared future, which would be extremely important for China and the world. Large Investment Demand A joint communiqué was issued at the forum, vowing to work on a long-term, stable and sustainable financing system, as well as to enhance financial infrastructure connectivity, by exploring new finance models, platforms and services. The projects will require innovative financing mechanisms -- a mix of public and concessional finance and commercial capital. Stronger Financial Connectivity Meanwhile, besides the actual fund injection, future cooperation would gradually extend from the building of hardware such as roads and ports to softer sectors such as management and services. Funding services and financial support would be one of the service and institutional improvements that would take more shares in the next round of Belt and Road construction. Nine Chinese-funded banks have set up 62 direct branches and representative offices in 26 countries along the Belt and Road as of the end of 2016, offering tailored services to local clients. At the same time, 54 commercial banks from 20 countries and regions along the Belt and Road have established branches, financial companies or representative offices in China, seeking opportunities with the initiative. According to the Guiding Principles on Financing the Development of the Belt and Road, governments along the Belt and Road should coordinate to provide favorable policy environments for financing. The guiding principles also suggest letting the private sector play a larger role in the initiative, and encouraging financial innovation while enhancing cooperation on financial regulation. Consolidated Consensus China aims to work with other countries to build the Belt and Road into an open platform of cooperation and a solution for challenges, including a lack of new growth drivers, development imbalance and terrorism. President Xi Jinping said China hoped to create a big family of harmonious co-existence, and the pursuit of the Belt and Road will not resort to outdated geopolitical manoeuvring. To ease concerns, Xi said China has no intention of interfering in internal affairs of other countries, exporting its social system and model of development, or imposing its will on others. accounting for 8.5 percent of total overseas investment made by Chinese enterprises. The Chinese President in his speech also mentioned China will expand China-Europe railway cargo services and establish new mechanisms, including a liaison office for the forum’s follow-up activities and a research centre. With coordinated and sustained collaboration among all parties concerned, the forum will mark the start of the Belt and Road 2.0. Opportunities for New Zealand Attending the forum showed that New Zealand wanted to be part of the discussion. New Zealand and China signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road Initiative in March. The longer-term target is to work with China to develop a plan on how New Zealand can participate and contribute to the initiative. One of the eye-catching outcomes of the forum was China’s hefty financial support to advance the initiative, including an additional 100 billion yuan (14.5 billion U.S. dollars) to the Silk Road Fund. China will also encourage its financial institutions to conduct overseas yuan fund businesses with an estimated amount of about 300 billion yuan. China’s decision to scale up financial support for the Belt and Road, after billions of U.S. dollars of investment over the past three years, underscored the country’s resolution to push forward the initiative. The Belt and Road will be open to all. All countries, from Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania or the Americas, can be partners of the initiative. So far, the initiative has won support from more than 100 countries and international organizations, of which over 40 have signed cooperation agreements. Landmark Significance The Belt and Road initiative has gone beyond vision and become a reality, delivering tangible benefits to countries along the routes. From Mongolia to Malaysia, Thailand to Pakistan and Laos to Uzbekistan, many projects, including high-speed railways, bridges, ports, industrial parks, oil pipelines and power grids, are being built. Since 2013, Chinese businesses have invested more than 60 billion U.S. dollars in countries along the Belt and Road. The investment totalled 14.5 billion dollars in 2016 alone, This advertorial page is supported by The Chinese Consulate Coming back from the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Paul Goldsmith who is New Zealand’s Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, said the forum “was a very impressive and significant event.” As the head of the New Zealand delegation, Goldsmith said during an interview that he sees the Belt and Road Initiative as the re-management, re-invention and re-invigoration of the ancient trade routes. He said “The Silk Road is a starting point and an expression of support for the open market, reducing trade barriers, increasing connectivity across the world. He said that as a small trading nation, New Zealand “obviously has a keen interest on all those things” and New Zealand is well aware of the opportunities that China provide especially for bilateral trade. Being Minister of Science and Innovation, Mr. Goldsmith is particularly interested in the themes of the Belt and Road Initiative on innovation, which is the particular field that New Zealand is focused on. New Zealand is also looking into how the two countries can continue to work together on innovation in many fields. New Zealand universities have long time relationships with Chinese leading universities. Mr. Goldsmith said that there’s a good prospect for New Zealand and China to further develop science connections under the Belt and Road Initiative.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 27 2017 29 Email by 5pm each Wednesday Women’s Connection Rolleston Tuesday, 7-9pm A free opportunity to network, connect and socialise within your community. All welcome. If you wish to display any business marketing material at the event email Quartz Restaurant, 82 Rolleston Dr, Rolleston Selwyn Movie Night – Despicable Me Friday, 7-8.45pm The votes are in. The district council is excited to bring you another Friday night movie to help you get through the winter months. The film won by community vote was . . . Despicable Me (PG) 2010. Spend your Friday evening relaxing in the warmth – you can even take your own blanket, bean bag, or cushion. Take your own snacks or purchase snacks and hot drinks on arrival or during intermission. Doors open at 6.30pm and the film begins at 7pm – get in early to avoid the crowds. Lincoln Event Centre, 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln Bookbuddies Saturday, 10.30 – 11.30am Do you enjoy reading? Do you fancy trying something new? Would you like to share your thoughts about books? Do you want to read more? Are you unsure what to read next? Bookbuddies is a book group for eight to 11-year-olds. Each week has a different theme, chosen by participants. The group is ideal for those who want to read more, are unsure what to read next and who enjoy talking about books. All abilities are welcome, just bring your enthusiasm. No need to book. Te Hāpua Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Rd Vintage Fair Sunday, 11am – 4pm An assortment of vintage collectables including books, clocks, glass, china, jewellery, linen, upcycled vintage items/craft. Cash or ATM machine available on site. Valuation appraisals $2 per item. Go along and find a piece of nostalgia in the warm Prebbleton Hall. Something to warm your heart. Prebbleton Hall, 617 Springs Rd, Prebbleton New Zealand Guitar Quartet Sunday, 2.30pm Four uniquely accomplished guitarists, Christopher Hill, Jane Curry, John Couch and Owen Go along to Prebbleton’s Vintage Fair to find a piece of nostalgia to warm your heart. An assortment of vintage collectibles including books, clocks, glass, china, jewelry, linen, up-cycled vintage items/ craft will be on sale. Cash, or ATM machine available on site. Valuation appraisals are $2 per item. The event will be held on Sunday, 11am-4pm at the Prebbleton Hall, 617 Springs Rd. Moriarty, bring an infectious energy to the concert stage. Recently returned from concerts in Australia and China, the NZGQ is building an international reputation that transcends borders both geographically and historically. While their performances of contemporary and world music gain wide audience appreciation, a return to their roots on this AOTNZ tour will see them pay tribute to a range of artistic styles including gypsy jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and flamenco. Tickets cost $15 for adults and students cost $5. Trinity Church, 4 McLaughlins Rd, Darfield Markets Leeston Market: Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm, Co-Operating Church grounds on High St West Melton Market: Saturday, 9am-noon. St Paul’s Church. Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market: Saturday, 10am-1pm. Gerald St, Lincoln. Darfield Market: Saturday, 9am-1pm, opposite Challenge Darfield, South Tce. Prebbleton Market: Sunday, noon-3pm, Prebbleton Community Cottage Running Groups The running groups aim to get like-minded members of the community fit and engaged with each other. All running groups have a handicapped start to cater for different abilities. Lincoln Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.30pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts at Lincoln University. Gold coin donations. Malvern Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.40pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts from Malvern Netball Centre. Ellesmere Road Runners: Wednesday registration from 5.45pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km walk or run. Starts from Leeston Physiotherapy. ARTS ON TOUR NZ PRESENTS “...technical brilliance and emotional depth...” ~ Christchurch Arts Festival MONDAY 3 JULY 7PM THE LABORATORY LINCOLN $15 BOOK: EVENTFINDA OR AT THE LABORATORY We are very excited to welcome the NZ Guitar Quartet to The Laboratory on Monday 3 July for their Lincoln stop on the Arts On Tour circuit. These four uniquely accomplished guitarists bring an infectious energy to the concert stage. They are Christopher Hill, Jane Curry, John Couch and Owen Moriarty. Recently returned from concerts in Australia and heading to China and India later this year, the NZGQ is building an international reputation performing music that transcends boarders both geographically and historically. Their interpretations and performance of works from contemporary and world-music genres garners wide audience appeal and appreciation. Keeping in mind the diverse concert venues and audiences of Arts on Tour, their 2017 programme finds them returning to their roots, paying tribute to a range of artists and representing styles as diverse as gypsy jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and flamenco, transporting listeners around the world in a single concert experience. The Laboratory is opening especially on a Monday (when normally closed) so the whole venue will be given over to the show. The performance starts at 7pm and will run for a couple of hours including an interval. The bar will be open with a full menu available on the night. Seats are limited, so do book your tickets and reserve a table to ensure you get a great seat to dine while you enjoy the show. Tickets are $15 and available over the bar or by calling The Lab on 325 3006 Look forward to more great performances at ticketed events at The Laboratory throughout 2017. Check out our website for these and other great community events at The Laboratory - “Sublime musical entertainment” - Whangarei Music Society “...nothing less than extraordinary” - Motueka Music Society