BEIJING, April 26-27, 2019 The second forum of the initiative “Belt and Road” – BRF 2019 has become larger and more effective than the first, said Chinese President Xi Jinping after the meetings in Beijing. The One Belt and One Road Forum this year has become much bigger and more substantial than the first; it has attracted more countries and brought more results, ”the Chinese leader said at the final press conference after the end of the forum. According to him, the leaders who came to the forum at the round table on Saturday exchanged views on strengthening interaction and mutual contacts, exploring new sources of growth, strengthening complementarity, encouraging “green” and sustainable development, “we were able to achieve a broad consensus to promote high-quality and profitable cooperation. ” The second forum “Belt and Road” was held in Beijing on April 25-27, with 37 leaders of states and governments, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, taking part in it. Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde and UN Secretary General António Guterres also arrived in Beijing to attend the forum.
The concept of “Belt and Road” is China’s international initiative to improve existing and create new trade and transport corridors connecting more than 60 countries of Central Asia, Europe and Africa, which is intended to promote the development of trade relations between them and China.
The idea of forming the “Silk Road Economic Belt” was put forward by PRC leader Xi Jinping and was first heard during his speech in Astana during a state visit to Kazakhstan in September 2013. The first forum was held in May 2017, 29 leaders arrived at it.