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Belt and Road Talent Development Program benefits participants BRI states: Tanoto Foundation China

2021-11-15 09:51:48 Belt and Road Portal

The Belt and Road Talent Development Program allows participants to gain not only training on essential knowledge and skills, but deeper understandings about China and BRI.

The Belt and Road Talent Development Program, co-organized by the Tanoto Foundation China, allows participants from the Belt and Road countries to gain not only training on essential knowledge and skills, but deeper understandings about China and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), said Wu Wei, secretary general of the Tanoto Foundation China.

Themed “Unimpeded Trade”, the 2021 online seminar of the Belt and Road Talent Development Program was launched on November 12, after which Wu took an interview with the Belt and Road Portal (BRP), sharing his stories working with the program.

BRP: Why did the Tanoto Foundation China decide to sponsor the Belt and Road Talent Development Program in the first place?

Wu Wei: Since the BRI was proposed eight years ago, it has grown to be an important mechanism encouraging countries across the globe to cooperate with each other. Mr.Sukanto Tanoto, founder of the Tanoto Foundation China has paid continuous and close attention to the initiative. He announced at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2016 that he would donate 100 million yuan (about 15.64 million U.S. dollars), in order to provide consistent support for BRI talent development in the following ten years.

As one of the major projects of the foundation, the Belt and Road Talent Development Program is committed to promoting people-to-people bonds and increasing global recognition of the BRI through talent exchange activities. The program aims to establish a communication mechanism integrating people from the government to the private sector, and from the industry to the enterprise. Through communication and exchanges between the political, business and academic elites along the BRI routes, we hope to enhance mutual trust and understanding, introduce China’s development path and the BRI, and contribute to creating a shared future of mankind that features inclusive cultural exchange and economic integration.

BRP: What has the program achieved by this day?

Wu Wei: The foundation has been working with the International Cooperation Center of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to launch a series of talent training programs since 2017.