Review Next Summit Auckland 2017 organised by Oceania Silk Road Network (OSRN)

On 27 November 2017, Next Summit Auckland 2017 conference was successfully held at Cordis Hotel in Auckland by Oceania Silk Road Network (OSRN),  supported by New Zealand Green Industry Association and New Zealand Chinese Scientists  Association.

Hon Paul Goldsmith – New Zealand Member of Parliament, former Minister for Science and Innovation,
Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, New Zealand Representative
to The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing in May 2017

The conference was the first one in Oceania under the Belt and Road initiative from China. Over 400 delegates from all over the world attended the conference. Special international guests included Hon Essam Sharaf, former Prime Minister of Egypt, Hon Yousheng Xu, Party Secretary and Vice Minister of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China, also Vice President of the China Overseas Exchange Association, Hon Zhaoxing Li, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of China and Honorary President of Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs.

Hon Essam Sharaf – Former Prime Minister of Egypt, President of Sharaf Sustainable Development Foundation

VIPs from New Zealand consisted of HM King Tuheitia Paki, Maori King, Peter Goodfellow, President of National Party, Dr Jian Yang, Member of Parliament, Martin Thomson, Chairman of New Zealand China Trade Association, Tukoroirangi Morgan, former President of Maori Party and Erwen Xu, Chinese Consul General in Auckland.

Hon Zhaoxing Li – Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Honorary President of Chinese People’s Institute
of Foreign Affairs

Hon Yousheng Xu – Party Secretary and Vice Minister of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State
Council of China; Vice President of the China Overseas Exchange Association

Hon Erwen Xu – Consul General, Chinese Consulate General in Auckland

Dr Jian Yang – National List Member of Parliament

The successful outcomes featured in a signing ceremony of seven strategic cooperation Memorandum of Understandings including Strategic Cooperation between Bowen Education Group (BEgroup) from New Zealand and International Vocational Education City of Cao Fei Dian from Hebei Province of China. Both Kingsley and Lucy were on the stage for the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding.

Kingsley Wang – Founder and President of BEgroup
Lucy Liang – Chief Executive Officer of BEgroup

The theme of Next Summit conference was Innovation, Cooperation, Sustainability. The keynote speeches and panel discussions were around discussing and sharing the latest ideas and best practices in those areas. The conference was aimed to explore and share new opportunities for international cooperation by taking the Belt and Road initiative proposed by China in 2013 as a case study.  Sir Bob Harvey, Sir Mark Wiremu Solomon and Kirk Hope delivered their keynote speeches together with others including Professor Guping Zhou from Zhejiang University from China.  Tony Powell from Hunter Powell Investments, Danny Chan from ACG, Naomi Ballantyne from Partners Life and Phil Warbrick from Synergine Group were only a small representation of planetary discussion panels. The topics covered a wide range of issues such as economy, business, trade, infrastructure, investment, education, technology, research and environment, etc. The full day conference finished with a gala dinner from over 400 New Zealand and Chinese businesses.  The conference was broadcasted live globally via VR technology and through channel 32 of NCTV.

Prof Guping Zhou – Vice Chair of Development Committee of Zhejiang University,
Director of Center for Research Regional Coordination Development, Zhejiang University

Bowen Education Group (BEgroup) has played very important roles in this conference.  Kingsley, Founder and President of BEgroup, was one of the organisers and part of the conference management team.  He has facilitated many VIP guests attendance and organised over 30 volunteers for the conference.

During the plenary discussion regarding the theme of ‘Innovative Cooperation and Sustainable Development’, the plenalist Phil Warbrick used the New Zealand Winston Reid Football Academy and BEgroup‘s joint initiative as an example regarding social framework and working together.  Phil said: “Through association with Belt and Road, I met up with Kingsley who is one of the organizers and started a conversation.  He immediately went back to China and connected with one of the senior football schools over there and started looking at working on this project together, includes bringing young Chinese players to New Zealand with the objective of trying to gain a pathway up to Europe. What I found out in the context of football is that if you get players signed up in those senior European leagues or top league clubs in Europe, your national club rises up. This is an example of social framework using sport but by broad definition that is infrastructure.”

Phil Warbrick – Executive Chairman and founder of Synergine Group Limited, a Fellow of the Institute of
Professional Engineers and Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department at University of Auckland, former Manager of the All Whites, New Zealand National men’s football team

Lucy Liang, Chief Executive Officer of BEgroup, was the interpreter for Hon Zhaoxing Li, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of China.  She accompanied Mr Li for the VIP dinner the night before the conference and on the day interpreting for the traditional Maori Warrior challenge before the opening ceremony.

The Next Summit conference was the start of the process of building an innovative cooperation mechanism promoting sustainable development.  It also facilitated the cooperation of a number of demonstrating projects.  It would be good to see how the projects progress and we look forward to hearing about more successful stories at next year’s conference.

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