Belt and Road Energy Partnership Inaugurated in Beijing

The Belt and Road Energy Partnership (BREP) was officially established in Beijing on April 25 in a ceremony attended by energy ministers, ambassadors to China and high-level representatives of energy authorities from 30 participating countries and five observing countries. Leaders of EPPEI attended the ceremony.

Mr. Zhang Jianhua, the Administrator of the National Energy Administration declared the official inauguration of BREP and delivered a speech of welcome. He recalled the success of the first Belt and Road Energy Ministerial Conference held in Suzhou, Jiangsu province on Oct 18, 2018, and the letter President Xi Jinping sent to the conference in which he proposed to establish BREP. The official inauguration of BREP represented a pragmatic action of related countries in response to President Xi’s call. This partnership, following the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, is aimed at promoting mutually beneficial energy cooperation for countries and regions to jointly resolve problems in energy development and to contribute to the construction of a community of shared future for humanity.

 At the conference, the energy ministers and ambassadors from Algeria, Azerbaijan, Malta, Pakistan, Mongolia and Tonga delivered their speeches on behalf of all participating countries. Representatives of the countries agreed that by creating a new platform and opportunities for cooperation in the energy field, BREP would facilitate pragmatic cooperation among the participating countries and push forward energy sustainability.

 Up to now, 30 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, China, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Hungary, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Congo (Brazzaville), Serbia, Sudan, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkey and Venezuela, have participated in BREP.

 After the ceremony, the 30 countries released jointly the Cooperation Principles and Concrete Actions of BREP, clarifying the general objectives, cooperation principles and concrete actions for BREP. According to this document, the parties will hold regularly the Belt and Road Energy Ministerial Conference and Refresher Courses for Energy Ministers, promote project cooperation and technical exchanges, explore new paradigms for international energy cooperation, and make progress in spreading advanced technologies and upgrading the energy industry in the participating countries.

 After organizing the Belt and Road Energy Ministerial Conference, EPPEI, as one of the major sponsors of BREP, has provided full support to NEA in preparing for BREP. In March and April this year, EPPEI assisted NEA in holding two consultation meetings among the participating countries in an effort to agree on the important matters for the inauguration of BREP; prior to the ceremony, EPPEI participated in the drafting, multi-round consultations, translation and modification of the important documents for BREP, the final version of which were approved unanimously by the participating countries. Looking ahead, EPPEI will continue to help NEA with its full efforts in handling issues in the initial stage of BREP, to provide necessary offices, hardware and fund support for BREP, to designate excellent talents to work for BREP, to motivate specialized departments to prop up BREP, and to make solid actions in implementing the work plans, thus playing its due part in advancing the quality development of BREP.