BEIJING, May 14 (Bernama) — Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is among the 28 world leaders attending the opening of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation being held today and tomorrow at the Chinese capital.
The forum was officially opened by President Xi Jinping, the Chinese supreme leader who mooted the idea for the initiative in 2013.
Malaysia is among the strategic nations in Southeast Asia in the massive plan by China to mobilise the Belt and Road concept to boost economic cooperation between the countries.
Among the world leaders attending the forum are President Vladmir Putin (Russia), Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (Italy), President Recep Tayyio Erdogan (Turkey) and President Joko Widodo (Indonesia).
Malaysian Cabinet Ministers attending the event are Second International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Malaysian Government’s special representative to China Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting was also present at the event held at the Chinese National Convention Centre (CNCC).
Malaysia’s commitment to the initiative resulted in several multi-billion ringgit infrastructure projects such as the construction of railway tracks and ports being started.