The eighthInternational Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forumkicks off in Macao, south China, June 1, 2017. (Xinhua/Cheong KamKa)
MACAO, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The eighth International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum was held Thursday in China's Macao Special Administrative Region with the aim of promoting global infrastructure development with sustainability and innovation.
The two-day event with the theme of building a diversified, innovative and sustainable infrastructure with industry connectivity has attracted more than 1,700 officials, enterprises, investors and professionals from 163 countries and regions, including those from Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Fang Qiuchen, chairman of China International Contractors Association, said at the opening ceremony that as the mode and contents of international infrastructure cooperation have undergone tremendous changes, the forum is to focus on hot issues of global infrastructure development and seeking ways for mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation.
Yu Jianhua, vice minister of China's Ministry of Commerce, said that as the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing two weeks ago, the international infrastructure forum serves as an important platform for promoting international infrastructure cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road.
The Belt and Road Infrastructure Development Index (2017) and the Report on the Belt and Road Infrastructure Development Index (2017) were also issued at the opening ceremony.
The forum includes a number of seminars and symposium, covering a wide range of issues such as international industrial capacity cooperation, infrastructure construction and development of industrialization, financial innovation and industrial investment, smart city and sustainable infrastructure development.
Meanwhile, the third China-Latin America Infrastructure Cooperation Forum will also open at the event.