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Reading guides new fashion, atmosphere of literature fills Xi'an City XI'AN, China, July 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2019 Asian Bookstore Forum, with the keynote of "Space Innovation - Unleashing a New Era", was inaugurated in Xi'an on July 6, 2019. The forum was hosted by the Department of Culture, Radio, Film, TV, Press and Publication of Xi'an and Xi'an High-tech Zone Management Committee, organized by Yan Ji You, and co-organized by Sanlian Lifeweek ,Openbook, Bookdao, and Context Lab. Famous writers, designers, bookstore entrepreneurs, public cultural spaces, publishing houses, and profession representatives were invited to jointly contemplate new development trends of bookstores, writers, and publishing houses and explore new vitality of culture industry. There were six thematic forums, including theme forum, writer forum, bookstore forum, designer forum, publisher forum, and public cultural space forum, following a Shaanxi Literature achievement-sharing session. Discussions were conducted for a whole day. "A good bookstore is the holy land where readers rest their souls, the sign of cultural inheritance, and an unique city brand," Hongwei Lian addressed. In recent years, the number of physical bookstores in Xi'an increased from 827 in 2017 to more than 2000 at present. Xi'an jumped to the 5th in the ranking of China bookstore. Physical Bookstores revived through innovative integrating modes, including "book + coffee", "book + culture", and "book + technology". At this forum, authoritative book-related data lists, including "Xi'an Reading Portrayal", and "WeRead City Reading Index" were released. According to these index, Xi'an was the 5th in the ranking of "Cities that loves reading the most", just after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. At the same time, Xi'an was the first in the ranking of "Classics Reading" and "Technology Reading". As the initiator of the Asian Bookstore Forum, Yan Ji You, with "Make Life Different" as the idea and physical space as the background, insists on its originality to construct a culture bridge via its own efforts, in order to continuously energize Chinese Bookstores and promote the development of bookstore industry.
By APD writer Melo M. Acu?aMANILA, July 10 (APD) – Reports reaching the Department of Foreign Affairs from Geneva, Switzerland said the Philippines assumed Observer Status under the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) of the World Trade Organization today, July 10.The WTO Committee on Government Procurement, the body tasked to oversee the implementation of the GPA, unanimously approved the Philippines’ request for Observer Status at its formal meeting held hast June 26, 2019.Delivering the Philippine Statement for the first time as Observer in the Committee, Philippine Permanent Representative to the WTO Ambassador Manuel A. J. Teehankee and Government Procurement Policy Board Executive Director Atty. Rowena Candice Ruiz said the Philippines “value[s] our newly approved Observer Status as this permits us an opportunity to know more about the implementation of the Agreement, and to learn about other Members’ best practices and experiences.”Member parties warmly welcomed the Philippines’ Observership in the Committee and expressed keen interest in the Philippines’ future accession to the Agreement.The GPA is the main WTO agreement that provides the framework for the conduct of international trade in government procurement among 48 WTO Members that signed the Agreement.According to the DFA statement, as Observer, the Philippines will be able to attend the Committee meetings, gain access to relevant information, and become more acquainted with the operation and administration of the Agreement, without undertaking any obligations.The Philippines will have the opportunity to enhance its understanding of the GPA and exchange experiences and good practices in government procurement with other GPA parties and observers, consistent with the steps taken by the Philippine government to create a transparent, open and fair procurement system and the broader objective of promoting good governance.[Top image: World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Government Procurement Chairman Carlos Vanderloo (extreme left), Philippine Permanent Representative to the WTO Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee, and Government Procurement Policy Board Technical Support Office executive director Atty. Rowerna Candice Ruiz (extreme right) pose in a souvenir photo in Geneva, Switzerland. /WTO-PM Photo](ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)
By APD writer EaswaranCOLOMBO, July 10 (APD) - The European Union’s (EU) Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, will visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 11-16 July 2019, the EU office in Colombo said on Wednesday.The visits aim to support the two countries in their respective efforts to step up security and develop a better exchange of experiences.While in Sri Lanka, de Kerchove will meet high-level representatives of the Sri Lankan Government, the Opposition, and the defense establishment, as well as with civil society representatives.In the Maldives, de Kerchove is expected to have several Ministerial-level meetings as well as discussions with security officials.He will also meet representatives of the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.Gilles de Kerchove has been the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator since 2007. He also teaches European Law at the Catholic University of Louvain, the Free University of Brussels and the Saint-Louis University of Brussels.The EU office said that de Kerchove has published a number of articles and books on European law, human rights, security, and counter-terrorism.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)
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On September 29, the press conference of 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie city was successfully held in Changsha, Hunan Province. Leaders from the China Association for Friendship, Hunan Sub-council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Zhangjiajie Municipal Government, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), and more than 30 mainstream media representatives attended the press conference. The announcement was made for the summit to be held in Zhangjiajie city on 16-17 October 2018. The summit is to actively respond to the Belt and Road Initiative, to build a multilateral economic and trade platform, to promote the formulation of international standards and the building-up of the Belt and Road brands, to explore the new mode of cultural exchange, to create the international tourist attractions, to facilitate the synergy of cultural industries, cultural undertakings, and cultural tourism as contribution to the development of a shared future for the world. The abundant resources of SRCIC will uplift Hunan province in its advantages in the Belt and Road construction and in its strategy of “Innovation Leads and Open Policies for Rise” to expedite Hunan province as an important inland hub of the Belt and Road. The Zhangjiajie Summit is the 3rd silk road business summit organized by SRCIC, following the successful summits in 2016 and 2017. It’s the first summit with its venue in a city away from Xi’an. The summit in Zhangjiajie city will give a full play to the city’s unique natural resources, ecological culture, and its tourist economy.By report, Silk Road Urban Alliance Roundtable: Belt and Road International Cooperation on Tourism is scheduled at the summit. Themed with strengthening the tourist cooperation and facilitating the Belt and Road construction, the participants are expected to share views on setting up mechanisms for the Silk Road Urban Alliance and have in-depth discussion on promoting tourist and economic development. The summit will release consensuses, international standard proposals and tourist destination development strategies.Over the five years, the Belt and Road Initiative has gained strong support from the Belt and Road countries. International commercial associations and enterprises are important participants in the Belt and Road construction. SRCIC, one of the summit organizers, is the first transnational business confederation named after the Belt and Road and mainly composed of national chambers of commerce from the Belt and Road countries. Since its establishment in 2015, SRCIC is devoted to narrating the Belt and Road stories, initiating the Belt and Road voices, and facilitating the cultural exchanges in building up pragmatic platforms for win-win cooperation. Currently SRCIC has 129 organizational members from 79 countries, including state-level business organizations and millions of affiliated enterprises. SRCIC serves as a bridge connecting enterprises and governments, providing a cooperative platform between business associations and SRCIC members. It plays a vital role in advancing economic and social development with an emphasis on international collaboration and global governance.According to the plan, the annual silk road business summits are to be held in different SRCIC member countries for bigger influence and popularity, and for building up more cooperative platforms to benefit SRCIC commercial association members and enterprise members. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)2018-10-01
Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech
By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)2018-06-12