July 12-13, 2017 in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province, was held the forum of cooperation between twin-cities and local governments of the BRICS countries 2017.
The forum of cooperation between twin-cities and local governments of the BRICS countries was formed in 2011, since 2011 the meetings were held in Sanya, Durban, St. Petersburg, Mumbai and other cities.
During the forum, there were a large number of people who took part in it: Deputy Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Jiarui, the Chairman of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Union of Twin Cities of China Li Xiaolin, ministers, governors, mayors, specialists, scientists and entrepreneurs from five BRICS countries.
The Chairman of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Li Xiaolin informed that from the 2011 annually about 10 cities of BRICS countries establish twin-city relations, which assist deepening of humanitarian exchanges and cooperation.
The delegation from Blagoveshchensk which consisted of Deputy Mayor of Blagoveshchensk Kosolapov O. A. and Head of Mission of the ME "MCIC" in Heihe Markevich M.V. took part in the official forum events. Before the beginning of the opening ceremony Deputy Mayor of Blagoveshchensk gave an interview to one of the major Chinese channel.
During the interview about the possibilities of rapprochement and searching the ways of cooperation between cities of BRICS countries Kosolapov O. A. emphasized the importance of realization the number of major projects between Blagoveshchensk and twin-city Heihe.
“International projects such as building of Transboundary Bridge and cableway for sure will positively affect the economic development of both sides. In present the main cooperation spheres for two cities and regions are tourism and logistics. Local governments of BRICS countries must put an effort for general profit and fruitful cooperation including the economic sphere”, - emphasized Kosolapov O. A.
The forum belongs to a number of events concerning the Summit of Heads of State of BRICS 2017, it is intended to be the important dialogue platform for deepening cooperation, improving understanding, searching for connections and exchanging the experience for local governments of five BRICS countries. The delegation from Amur region for the first time had a chance to participate in this event. During the forum representatives of the Amur region’s delegation took part in a large number of meetings and conferences. More than that, important contacts were established with foreign colleagues as well as negotiations were held. Without any doubt all these should positively affect advance of our region among foreign investors and increase its economic attractiveness.