Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific Holds Seminar on China-South Pacific Region Economic Cooperation

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji [Time]    2019-10-17 16:48:32 
 

On October 15th, local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji and the Department of Economics of the USP jointly held a lecture on China-South Pacific region economic cooperation. The conference invited Niu Li, Executive Director of the Pacific Research Center (PRC) of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and Samuela Savou, Consulting Director of Nalele Consulting, as the keynote speakers.

Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of School of Grammar of USP, Neelesh Gounder, Senior Lecturer of Department of Economics of the USP, Wang Gang, Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CCOC) in Fiji, Yang Hui, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the USP, faculty members of the Confucius Institute, representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises, and some teachers and students of USP attended the lecture.


Guests

Niu Li briefly introduced the remarkable achievements of China and Fiji in political and economic cooperation, the growth of import and export trade in China and the South Pacific region, and the achievements of cultural communication and exchange between the two peoples. In addition, she also introduced the Belt and Road Initiative and China's foreign aid projects.


Niu Li delivering a lecture

Samuela Savou analyzed the possibility of cooperation between China and the South Pacific region from multiple perspectives, such as the geographical location, population distribution, and economic structure. He pointed out the promising future for cooperation brought by the rich fishery, forest, mineral, tourism and renewable energy resources in the South Pacific region. Samuela also analyzed the challenges faced by the South Pacific region in cooperating with China the lack of investment in South Pacific Island Countries and how to market in China, and said that these issues need to be addressed by South Pacific Island Countries. He believed that the South Pacific Island Countries should strengthen relations with China, benefit each other, and promote win-win cooperation.


Samuel Savor delivering a lecture

In the question-and-answer session, the audience held a heated discussion on the Belt and Road Initiative and the brand awareness of South Pacific Island Countries in China's market competition.


Akanisi delivering a speech

At the end of the lecture, Akanisi expressed appreciation to the Confucius Institute at the USP for hosting this lecture, and thanked the Confucius Institute for its contributions to the educational exchanges between China and the South Pacific region in these years.