African experts on belt&road forum

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Added On May 20, 2017

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The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation has concluded, with over 100 participating countries and international organizations.
 
Experts said the forum has strengthened international trade ties and sounded a call against protectionism.
 
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Some said China is endeavoring to position itself as a pioneer and supporter of globalization and liberalization of global trade.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): DR. KIGEN MORUMBASI, Lecturer, Technical University of Kenya
"The recent meeting on the Belt and Road Initiative is actually supposed to bring an alternative model to development in the global setting. This is where China is trying to fight protectionism, where it's linking the world together through the Belt and Road Initiative in order to improve the trade that's going on between China and the rest of the world. Because we living in a globalized world and we know that in today's world, states cannot go far in isolation ,therefore we need such initiative that will open up the globe to this sort of cooperation."
 
Experts said the forum has strengthened international trade ties and sought new channels of distributing goods to bring about mutual benefit for the world.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): DR. KIGEN MORUMBASI, Lecturer, Technical University of Kenya
"When we talking about trade, a lot of emphasis has gone to what China is bringing in, because we the opening up is making it easy for China and Africa to carry out trade. For Africa itself, there should also be a paradigm shift where we think also what are we getting there, so as much as this project is bring opportunities for Chinese products to come in,there's nothing stopping Africa from negotiating good terms for African products to also reach the Chinese markets."
 
Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along and beyond ancient trade routes.
 
Some experts pointed out that poor and inefficient infrastructure has hindered the economic development of Africa.
 
But with the Belt and Road Initiative, Africa is expected to make tremendous gains from its ongoing and expanded implementation. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): GERISHON IKIARA, Lecturer, University of Nairobi
"So China is playing the part in financing those components by having their companies actually serving as main contractors like is in Kenya and Ethiopia today and quite a lot of countries."(((( 删掉In additional, China is providing quite a significant required finances at fairly what I may call friendly terms.)))))"