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COSC Invited to the Shanghai Summit of the World Built Environment Forum

Source: Department of International Exchange and Cooperation Date: 2017-04-13
On March 27-28, RICS hosted the 2017 Summit of the World Built Environment Forum in Shanghai. Counsellor Zhang Hongtao and Director General Sun Weijia of the International Exchange and Cooperation Department were invited to attend and speak at the conference.

The summit focused on the impact of the global development trends on the future built environment in China and other regions in Asia. Over 700 delegates from 19 countries attended the summit. Top experts from the industry and beyond gathered together to discuss the issues confronting the construction industry in China and the rest of Asia and explored the solutions.


Counsellor Zhang emphasized the need to pay close attention to natural risks in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative. Before starting the construction of roads, ports, railways and bridges, consideration should be given to project, engineering and institutional risks besides natural risks. This includes five elements: first, basic geographical and geological data; second, underground spatial structure; third, pre-investigation and plan on resources, land, the environment and disasters; fourth, safety detection of urban underground space; fifth, big data standards and contents of countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.



Mr. Sun said at the conference that one important development vision of the Belt and Road Initiative is green development. Specifically, first, green development should be part of the Initiative; second, proactive efforts should be made to prevent environmental and ecological risks; third, green development of the Initiative should be advanced through cooperation of countries involved. To realize the vision calls for consensus and collaboration of countries involved. Mr. Sun also offered advice on how professional international organization like RICS can play their role in building a green Silk Road.

RICS has a history of 142 years, with more than 140,000 members in over 140 countries. The annual summit provides a regular platform of the World Built Environment Forum. This forum has received wide attention of China’s construction industry.