At the invitation of Panama Banking Association, Chilean Development University, and Mexican National Autonomous University, a three-person delegation headed by Ding Gang, Deputy Director of the Institute of International Economic Research (IIER) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) visited Panama, Chile and Mexico from May 24 to 31, 2019 to conduct research and exchange on the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) and China-Latin America cooperation.
The delegation visited the Panama Canal Authority, the Colon Container Port (PCCP Project) and the Chilean Development University. They held meetings with some Chinese enterprises such as CSCEC, CREC, China Harbour, CRCC and Bank of China that are investing in, building, or operating projects locally. They also paid a visit to some Chinese-funded enterprises, got a thorough understanding of BRI construction in these Latin American countries and China’s economic cooperation with them, and had discussions with the Chilean Development University on deeper cooperation.
The visit was fruitful and achieved the expected results. It deepened our researchers' understanding of the BRI construction and international capacity cooperation in Latin America, and laid a good foundation for our further exchange and cooperation with foreign countries.
The other two members of the delegation were Yang Changyong, Deputy Director of the Comprehensive Research Office, and Associate Research Fellow Jin Ruiting of the Trade and Investment Research Office.