The 2019 World Canal Cities Forum & World Canals Conference, themed on "Preservation, Inheritance and Utilization of Canal Culture", was held in Yangzhou, eastern China’s Jiangsu Province on September 27th.
Charhar Institute experts Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Charhar Institute, Chief Advisor of the World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO), Member of the Advisory Committee of the Boao Forum for Asia(BFA), Ambassador Lu Shumin, Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Charhar Institute, Expert of the WCCO, former Party Secretary of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), Wang Weihua, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Charhar Institute, former Representative of China's Business Office in Panama, Zhang Guobin, Vice-President of the National Council of the Charhar Institute and former Consul-General of China in Strasbourg of France, He Zhigeng, General-Secretary of the Charhar Institute, and Pan Deng, Research Fellow and Secretary-General of Latin American Research Center of the Charhar Institute and Executive Director of the Latin American Law Research Center of China University of Political Science and Law, attended the Conference with invitation.
At the 2019 World Canal Cities Forum & World Canals Conference
Wang Jiang, Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province, presided over the opening ceremony of the Conference. Wu Zhenglong, Governor of Jiangsu Province, Luo Shugang, Minister of China’s Culture and Tourism Ministry, Juan Carlos Varela, former President of Panama, David Edwards-May, Chairman of the IWI and consultant of the WCCO, and Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, delivered keynote speeches at the opening ceremony.
Carlos Gutierrez, Honorary Chairman of WCCO, former US Secretary of Commerce and Chairman of Albright Stone Bridge Group, also sent a congratulation letter for the opening of the Conference.
Goverbor of Jiangsu Province Wu Zhenglong first congratulated for the opening of the Conference in his speech. He said that it is notable that the First World Canal Cities Forum was also held in Yangzhou. He also hoped that Jiangsu Province would take the Conference as a platform to deepen exchanges and cooperation with many canal cities in the world, and promote mutual cultural communication and development.
Wu Zhenglong,Governor of Jiangsu Province, speaks at the Conference.
Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang noted in his speech that canal culture is an important part of human civilization. It is our shared responsibility to protect, inherit and make good use of the Grand Canal. He hoped that Jiangsu Province would make a full use of the platform of the Conference in the future, disseminate Chinese stories through the Grand Canal to the world, and deepen cultural exchanges and all-round cooperation with canal cities in the world.
Luo Shugang, Minister of Culture and Tourism, speaks at the Conference.
Juan Carlos Varela, former President of Panama, said that although Panama and Jiangsu Province are thousands of miles apart, they have strong similarities for Yangzhou is an important city connecting the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal and the Yangtze River and the Panama City is the convergence point of the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. He expressed hope for more exchanges and cooperation in the future.
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong speaks at the Conference.
He Zhigeng(1st, L), Secretary-General of the Charhar Institute, presides over the Second Sub-Forum.
The Conference consisted of three Sub-Forums, themed on "Canal Ecology Construction", "Canal Cultural Protection, Inheritance and Utilization" and "Canal Cultural Tourism Integration and Development" respectively. He Zhigeng, Secretary-General of the Charhar Institute, presided over the Second Sub-Forum.
The Conference was co-sponsored by Jiangsu Grand Canal Cultural Belt Construction Leading Group Office, Jiangsu Province Culture and Tourism Department, and Yangzhou People's Government, and was organized by the Grand Canal Heritage Protection and Management Office, the World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO), the Inland Waterways International (IWI) and the China Pacific Economic Cooperation National Committee.
Altogether, more than 200 delegates attended the Conference. Among them, over 100 delegates were from 24 foreign countries or areas, including Britain, France and Germany, etc. And there were many delegates from about twenty foreign canal cities and eleven renowned international organizations.
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