ladies and gentlemen,
china has reached a new starting point in its development endeavors. guided by the vision of innovative, coordinated, green, open and inclusive development, we will adapt to and steer the new normal of economic development and seize opportunities it presents. we will actively promote supply-side structural reform to achieve sustainable development, inject strong impetus into the belt and road initiative and create new opportunities for global development.
-- china will enhance friendship and cooperation with all countries involved in the belt and road initiative on the basis of the five principles of peaceful co-existence. we are ready to share practices of development with other countries, but we have no intention to interfere in other countries' internal affairs, export our own social system and model of development, or impose our own will on others. in pursuing the belt and road initiative, we will not resort to outdated geopolitical maneuvering. what we hope to achieve is a new model of win-win cooperation. we have no intention to form a small group detrimental to stability, what we hope to create is a big family of harmonious co-existence.
-- china has reached practical cooperation agreements with many countries on pursuing the belt and road initiative. these agreements cover not only projects of hardware connectivity, like transport, infrastructure and energy, but also software connectivity, involving telecommunications, customs and quarantine inspection. the agreements also include plans and projects for cooperation in economy and trade, industry, e-commerce, marine and green economy. the chinese railway authorities will sign agreements with their counterparts of related countries to deepen cooperation on china-europe regular railway cargo service. we will work to launch these cooperation projects at an early date and see that they deliver early benefits.
-- china will scale up financing support for the belt and road initiative by contributing an additional rmb 100 billion to the silk road fund, and we encourage financial institutions to conduct overseas rmb fund business with an estimated amount of about rmb 300 billion. the china development bank and the export-import bank of china will set up special lending schemes respectively worth rmb 250 billion equivalent and rmb 130 billion equivalent to support belt and road cooperation on infrastructure, industrial capacity and financing. we will also work with the aiib, the brics new development bank, the world bank and other multilateral development institutions to support belt and road related projects. we will work with other parties concerned to jointly formulate guidelines for financing the belt and road related development projects.
-- china will endeavor to build a win-win business partnership with other countries participating in the belt and road initiative, enhance trade and investment facilitation with them, and build a belt and road free trade network. these efforts are designed to promote growth both in our respective regions and globally. during this forum, china will sign business and trade cooperation agreements with over 30 countries and enter into consultation on free trade agreements with related countries. china will host the china international import expo starting from 2018.
-- china will enhance cooperation on innovation with other countries. we will launch the belt and road science, technology and innovation cooperation action plan, which consists of the science and technology people-to-people exchange initiative, the joint laboratory initiative, the science park cooperation initiative and the technology transfer initiative. in the coming five years, we will offer 2,500 short-term research visits to china for young foreign scientists, train 5,000 foreign scientists, engineers and managers, and set up 50 joint laboratories. we will set up a big data service platform on ecological and environmental protection. we propose the establishment of an international coalition for green development on the belt and road, and we will provide support to related countries in adapting to climate change.
-- in the coming three years, china will provide assistance worth rmb 60 billion to developing countries and international organizations participating in the belt and road initiative to launch more projects to improve people's well-being. we will provide emergency food aid worth rmb 2 billion to developing countries along the belt and road and make an additional contribution of us$1 billion to the assistance fund for south-south cooperation. china will launch 100 "happy home" projects, 100 poverty alleviation projects and 100 health care and rehabilitation projects in countries along the belt and road. china will provide relevant international organizations with us$1 billion to implement cooperation projects that will benefit the countries along the belt and road.
-- china will put in place the following mechanisms to boost belt and road cooperation: a liaison office for the forum's follow-up activities, the research center for the belt and road financial and economic development, the facilitating center for building the belt and road, the multilateral development financial cooperation center in cooperation with multilateral development banks, and an imf-china capacity building center. we will also develop a network for cooperation among the ngos in countries along the belt and road as well as new people-to-people exchange platforms such as a belt and road news alliance and a music education alliance.
the belt and road initiative is rooted in the ancient silk road. it focuses on the asian, european and african continents, but is also open to all other countries. all countries, from either asia, europe, africa or the americas, can be international cooperation partners of the belt and road initiative. the pursuit of this initiative is based on extensive consultation and its benefits will be shared by us all.
ladies and gentlemen,
an ancient chinese saying goes, "a long journey can be covered only by taking one step at a time". similarly, there is an arab proverb which says that the pyramid was built by piling one stone on another. in europe, there is also the saying that "rome wasn't built in a day." the belt and road initiative is a great undertaking which requires dedicated efforts. let us pursue this initiative step by step and deliver outcome one by one. by doing so, we will bring true benefit to both the world and all our people!
in conclusion, i wish the belt and road forum for international cooperation a full success!