Sri Lanka sees opportunities in Chinas Belt Road initiative

A consensus was reached at the symposium on strengthening the cooperation on scientific research collaboration among Belt and Road countries and regions, and decided to build a framework to fund the cooperation of Belt and Road scientific talents, aiming to solve common challenges and boost the economic and social development of Belt and Road countries and regions. An International Symposium on Funding Science and People Cooperation for a Prosperous Belt and Road was held in China. Sri Lanka sees opportunities in China’s Belt and Road initiative, reported quoting a Sri Lankan official as saying.Sirimali Fernando, chairman of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka regarded the framework as an excellent opportunity for Sri Lanka, a country with relatively weak foundation of scientific research and limited international partners in this field to escalate its capacity of scientific research overall. Yang Wei, director and academician of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), said international cooperation becomes increasingly important now.He added that the communication and exchanges, cooperative research, as well as working in different countries will boost the friendship, encourage mutual learning, facilitate the resolution of difficult problems, and will promote scientific innovation and economic growth of Belt and Road countries and regions. The communication among international scientific research personnel has deepened the cultural exchange among Belt and Road countries and regions, which lays a foundation for sustained cooperation. (Colombo Gazette)

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