With the theme of “Joint Innovation and Win-win Cooperation”, the 2nd Belt and Road Foundry Industry Forum on Cooperation and Development is revolved around the exchanges of experiences on foundry industrial policies, sustainable development and capacity cooperation among countries along the “Belt and Road”. It is sponsored by China Foundry Association, and co-organized by the Peoples’ Government of Hancheng Municipality, Foundry Committee of Belt and Road Industrial and Commercial Alliance and the Belt and Road Committee of China Foundry Association.

There were more than 200 people from the government, enterprises, international foundry organizations and media attending this forum. Government officials attending the forum include Mr. Li Yikai, the Head of Planning Division of the Ministry of Industry and Information, the Vice President of China Machinery Industry Federation and the Standing Vice President of China Foundry Association Mr. Zhang Libo, the Executive Vice President of China Machinery Industry Federation Mr. Song Xiaogang, the Associate Counsel of Shaanxi Industry and Information Department Mr. Li Zhaoli, the chief supervisor of CFA and the National Innovation Center for the Intelligent Foundry Industry, the Chairman of KOCEL Group Mr. Peng Fan, Deputy Mayor of Hancheng City Mr. Sun Changhong and other officials from Hancheng government. The international guests came from 10 countries including Germany, Japan, Belgium, Mongolia, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, Vietnam and England. The forum was hosted by the Vice Secretary General of CFA Mr. Gao Wei.

Mr. Zhang Libo made a welcome speech on behalf of the organizers. He said that since the first Belt and Road forum held last year, China Foundry Association has carried out a series of programs from international foundry park construction, general contract, technology cooperation and business trade cooperation. With more and more enterprises participated in the Belt and Road initiative, the second session of Belt and Road Forum was being held.

“There are several highlights of this forum,” Mr. Zhang Libo said, “the international participation improves and the representatives are in high level, and it adds training program as well as match-making programs to this forum which provide access for attended enterprises to know more about the international policies, laws, standards, and also provide a platform for them to talk about the further cooperation.”

“The foundry industry capacity cooperation along ‘Belt and Road’ is not a problem of capacity transfer, what the Chinese foundry industry faces now will also be the problems that other developing countries meet in the future. ” Mr. Zhang Libo said, “In this respect, we should develop in the green and intelligent way and take the advantages of Internet + Foundry to promote the industrial park construction along Belt and Road.”

He also said, during the promotion of Belt and Road cooperation, there must be a lot of difficulties, and helping enterprises to solve these problems will be the main task of China Foundry Association.

In Mr. Li Yikai’s speech, he thought highly of the forum on behalf of the planning division of the Ministry of Industry and Information. He introduced the work that the Ministry has carried out in promoting the Belt and Road initiative. He also emphasizes that the Chinese manufacturing industry is facing great opportunities and challenges in “going out”, such as the complex global investment and changing business environment, most of Chinese enterprises are in lack of proprietary intellectual property rights and brand influence, as well as interaction and synergy.

He pointed out enterprises should grasp the opportunity and respond actively to the difficulties of “going out”. On one hand, we should revolve around the mainline of making China become a power nation of manufacturing industry from a large nation, integrating both domestic development and opening up, accelerating the introducing and absorbing the overseas technology and experiences; on the other hand, we should increase the comprehensive service guarantee ability.

One of the other highlights of this forum is there are two agreements signed, one is between China Foundry Association and Pakistan Foundry Association, which is helpful to strengthen the cooperation and communication between China and Pakistan; and the other agreement between China Foundry Association and Albert & Geiger will provide consultation services of law and regulations for foundry enterprises entering the EU.