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Xi Jinping Chairs Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries and Delivers Important Speech
Stressing to Jointly Implement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Jointly Build Extensive Development Partnerships and Join Hands to Blaze Fair, Open, Comprehensive and Innovative Development Path

2017/09/05

On September 5, 2017, President Xi Jinping chaired the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries at Xiamen International Conference Center and delivered an important speech, stressing that all parties need to work more closely to build an open world economy, implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, seize the historic opportunities of world economic restructuring, build extensive development partnerships, and blaze a new path to development that is fair, open, comprehensive and innovative, so as to make greater contribution to world economic growth.

Leaders of BRICS countries including President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa as well as state leaders of countries invited for the Dialogue including President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, President Alpha Condt of Guinea, President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand attended the Dialogue. Centering on the theme of Strengthening Mutually-Beneficial Cooperation for Common Development and taking the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as the mainline, leaders of all countries exchanged in-depth views on implementing the Agenda for Sustainable Development and building extensive development partnerships, and jointly discussed the major plans for international development cooperation and South-South cooperation, reaching important consensus.

At around 10: 10 a.m., Xi Jinping announced the opening of the meeting.

Later on, Xi Jinping delivered an important speech under the theme of Strengthening Mutually-Beneficial Cooperation for Common Development. Xi Jinping pointed out that during the BRICS Summit, other emerging market and developing countries were invited by BRICS countries for communication and exchanges. This kind of dialogue is conducive to strengthening unity and cooperation among emerging market and developing countries, and beneficial to the development of BRICS mechanism itself.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since we entered the 21st century, the collective rise of emerging market and developing countries has become an irreversible trend of our times. Given the new circumstances, emerging market and developing countries need to pull together and work hand in hand more confidently to foster a favorable environment for greater development, and make bigger contribution to global growth.

First, we need to work more closely to build an open world economy. We need to support the multilateral trading regime and rebalance economic globalization to make it more inclusive and equitable. We need to strengthen coordination on positions, work toward a positive outcome at the upcoming 11th WTO Ministerial Conference, make progress on the remaining items of the Doha Development Round, and provide direction to the multilateral trading regime. We need to promote greater representation and voice of emerging market and developing countries in global economic governance, and foster an international economic order that is fairer and more equitable.

Second, we need to work more closely to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We need to implement our national development strategies in the context of the Sustainable Development Agenda and in light of our respective national conditions. This will help us find a path of sustainable development featuring coordinated economic, social and ecological progress. We need to better leverage the role of the United Nations, and accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda. We need to urge developed countries to honor their commitments, to observe such principles as common but differentiated responsibilities, and to increase support to developing countries. As the United Nations is considering reform of its development system, we need to ensure that the reform will focus on development and bring more input to truly serve the need of developing countries.

Third, we need to work more closely to seize the historic opportunities of world economic restructuring. We must take bold steps of innovation and reform, press ahead with economic structural adjustment, and invigorate domestic drivers for growth. At the same time, we must formulate our social policy in a way that meets people's basic needs and work all out to ensure a better life for our people. We need to enhance the alignment of our development strategies, and strengthen cooperation in best practices sharing and capacity-building as a way to support each other's pursuit of economic development.

Fourth, we need to work more closely to build extensive development partnerships. As a Chinese saying goes, "A single flower does not herald spring; a single wild goose cannot make a formation." By deepening practical cooperation and tapping into complementarity, we can multiply the impact. We need to make good use of BRICS, G77 and other similar mechanisms, broaden South-South cooperation on a larger scale, and jointly address global challenges. We also need to forge chains of interconnected development and seek strength through unity. The purpose of holding the Dialogue of emerging market and developing countries by China is to foster a network of partnerships and to build a community of common development and shared future.

Xi Jinping noted that China attaches great importance to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and has attained early harvests on economic, social, environmental and many other fronts. In order to promote international development cooperation, China will actively help fellow developing countries in implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda. China will provide 500 million US dollars to the Assistance Fund for South-South Cooperation to help fellow developing countries tackle famine, refugee, climate change, public health and other challenges. China will enhance development experience-sharing and capacity-building cooperation with other countries.

Xi Jinping pointed out that this May, China successfully held the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The philosophy and vision of the Belt and Road Initiative have much in common with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the two can very well complement and reinforce each other. The Belt and Road is as much a path of cooperation as one of hope and mutual benefit.

Xi Jinping stressed that emerging market and developing countries represent the future of world development. It is our duty to promote international development cooperation and implement the Sustainable Development Agenda. Let us work together to blaze a new path to development that is fair, open, comprehensive and innovative.

Afterwards, leaders of other BRICS countries and leaders of countries invited for the Dialogue delivered speeches respectively. Commending the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries held by China as the rotating presidency of BRICS, all leaders supported to build extensive development partnerships, and hoped to continue to conduct this kind of dialogue, in a bid to advance South-South cooperation and international development cooperation. All parties highly spoke of the positive significance of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At last, Xi Jinping made a summary of the meeting. He pointed out that the meeting today is fairly successful, during which leaders of all countries reached important consensus. All parties unanimously stressed that it is of great significance to strengthen unity and cooperation among emerging market and developing countries given the new situation. All parties agreed to hold high the banner of development, comprehensively implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, support the UN's central role, and create a sound development environment. All parties agreed to deepen South-South cooperation and build more extensive development partnerships.

After the Dialogue, the Chinese side issued the Presidential Statement, introducing the principles and consensus reached at the meeting, showing the confidence and determination of all parties to implement the Agenda for Sustainable Development, and sending positive signals of unity and cooperation among emerging market and developing countries.

Before the Dialogue, Xi Jinping took a group photo with leaders of all countries present.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the Dialogue.

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