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Date: 21/10/2016 - 21/10/2016
Where: Tangla Hotel, Avenue E. Mounier 5, 1200 Woluwe Saint-Lambert, Brussels
Type: FCCC events
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The Embassy of the People’s Republic in China in Belgium and the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce have the pleasure to invite you to the Forum  ‘One Belt, One Road: Opportunities for Cooperation between Belgium and China’ on Friday 21, October 2016 at the Tangla Hotel, Avenue E. Mounier 5, 1200 Woluwe Saint-Lambert.

One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is a major initiative, launched by President in Xi Jinping in 2013 that aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa passing through over 60 countries. The overall plan consists of two parts: “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”.  


OBOR offers immense business opportunities in China and in countries along the Belt and Road.  During this forum you will gain a better understanding about this important initiative.

09:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 09:50
Opening Remarks by Ambassador QU Xing
09:50 - 10:10
Keynote Speech by Deputy Prime Minister Kris PEETERS
10:10 - 10:15
Introduction by the moderator, Mr Bernard Dewit, Chairman BCECC
10:15 - 10:30 
"One Belt One Road Initiative: background, actions and progress" by Professor QIN Yaqing, Dean of China Foreign Affairs University
10:30 - 11:10
Intervention by other panelists
• Mr Pierre Defraigne, Executive director of Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation
• Mr Vincent De Saedeleer, Vice President of the Port of Zeebrugge
• Mr Rachel Delcourt, Director of Confucius Institute of Université de Liège
• Mr Liqin He, President, Bank of China Brussels Branch
11:10 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 11:35
Introduction by the moderator, Mr Stefaan Vanhooren, Chairman Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce
11:35 - 11:50
Presentation by Professor YUAN Peng, Deputy Dean of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations: what kind of contributions does China expect from Europe towards One Belt One Road Initiative
11:50 - 12:30
• Mr Frank Geerkens, Port Ambassador, Antwerp Port Authority
• Mr Philippe Van der Donckt, Director Business Development Recycling Asia, Umicore
• Mr Erik Uyttendaele, Senior Director – Material Planning & Logistics at Volvo Cars Gent
• Professor Jan Cornelis, Deputy Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel
End of the Forum
12:30 - 14:30

If you are interested in attending, please register online at before 12 October 2016. The forum is hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Belgium and is free of charge.

We look forward to seeing you at this interesting Forum!


Best regards, 


Gwenn Sonck          Stefaan Vanhooren
Executive Director    Chairman