The Belt and Road Initiative – Opportunities for the next 65 years of China-Sweden Relations

The Belt and Road Initiative – Opportunities for the next 65 years of China-Sweden Relations

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8.15-12.00 (Registration 08.15-08.30)
Location: Hörsalen, Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, 103 21 Stockholm
RSVP to: Ms. Sunul Chay at

The year 2015 marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sweden. The Chinese Embassy in Sweden and the Institute for Security and Development Policy are honored to invite you to this half-day seminar on the topic of the Belt and Road Initiative; an area where there are countless opportunities for Sino-Swedish exchange and cooperation.

Bringing together Chinese and Swedish experts, this seminar aims to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the Belt and Road Initiative, as first proposed by the President of China, Xi Jinping in September 2013. The Belt and Road Initiative aims to connect the East Asian economic circle to the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe by building infrastructure, and carrying out trade and investment. This seminar will examine possibilities and challenges for Sweden and China associated with the Belt and Road Initiative, discuss the recent proposal for an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and give the audience the opportunity to pose questions to our invited experts. What business opportunities can the Initiative bring for Swedish and Chinese companies? How will the Initiative affect the countries along the road? What are the challenges of bringing the Initiative to life?


08.15-08.30 Registration

08.30-09.00 Keynote speeches
• H.E. Ambassador Chen Yuming, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of China to Sweden
• Mr. Oscar Stenström, State Secretary to Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation

09.05-10.15 Panel 1 – Belt & Road – Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Dr. Niklas Swanström


  • Dr. Cao Yuanzheng, Chief Economist of Bank of China
  • Dr. Svante Cornell, Director ISDP
  • Ms. Sofia Birkestad Svingby, Director Operations, International Council of Swedish Industry

10.15-10.45 Coffee Break

10.45-11.45 Building the future –cooperation and investment
Moderator: Dr. Niklas Swanström


  • Mr. Kenneth Fredriksen, Vice President, Chief Operation Officer of CEE & Nordic Region, Huawei
  • Ambassador Åke Peterson, Swedish Ambassador to Central Asia
  • Dr. Per Storm, CEO, Copperstone Resources

12.00 End

Additional panelists to be announced.

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