On the afternoon of April 25, Mr. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), attended the Thematic Forum on Infrastructure Interconnectivity of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), and delivered a speech titled “Building Global Energy Interconnection to Facilitate High-quality Belt and Road Development”.
Liu pointed out that, on September 26, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) Initiative at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. At the first BRF on May 14, 2017, President Xi called for collective action “to develop global energy interconnection and achieve green and low-carbon development”, which has received active support and positive response from the international community. GEI promotes “Clean Replacement” and “Electricity Replacement”, improves the level of energy efficiency and electrification, and restores fossil fuels to its basic attribute as industrial raw materials, which will fundamentally solve major challenges such as resource shortage, environmental pollution, climate change, health and poverty, thus creating a new engine and a new platform for the “Belt and Road” development.
Liu noted that GEIDCO is the first international organization in the energy sector initiated by China, with its founding mission of promoting the establishment of a GEI system. It actively serves the “Belt and Road” development, synergizes major initiatives of the UN and builds a platform for international cooperation, in an effort to facilitate coordinated and sustainable development of world energy, economy, society and environment. GEIDCO stands ready to work with all parties to accelerate the development of GEI for facilitating the “Belt and Road” development.
The BRF is the highest-level platform for international cooperation under the “Belt and Road” framework. It is the most important diplomatic event that China hosts this year, and an international gathering that carries great significance. The theme of the Forum is “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”. Discussions will be held focusing on “Boosting Connectivity to Explore New Sources of Growth”, “Strengthening Policy Synergy and Building Closer Partnership”, and “Promoting Green and Sustainable Development to Implement the UN 2030 Agenda”. The Forum was attended by nearly 5,000 foreign guests from over 150 countries as well as more than 90 international organizations, including 37 heads of state and government, more than 360 ministerial-level officials and more than 100 heads of international organizations.