Highlights from ambassadors' roundtable on global mobility and trade

Promoting cooperation between China & Africa. Chinese companies should seize opportunities for investing in Africa; installing industry branches & creating joint ventures for technology transfer should be a focus, says H.E. Ahcene Boukhelfa, Ambassador of Algeria to China.


How to restart international travel amid a pandemic? It will require a set of common standards, including mutual recognition of digital applications, testing requirements & vaccination status, says H.E. Graham Fletcher, Ambassador of Australia to China.


Trade tensions plus a pandemic are bad for business. H.E. Paulo Estivallet de Mesquita, Ambassador of Brazil to China says, "the restoration or reform of multilateral trade rules is a priority that we will have to be addressed eventually."


Looking ahead. Colombia's vaccination plan, trade, employment and investment are all improving, says H.E. Luis Diego Monsalve, Ambassador of Colombia to China. "It's time to overcome the difficulties and explore new opportunities together."


More understanding & less polarity are key to a post-COVID economic outlook, says H.E. Mohamed Abd El-Satar Elbadri, Ambassador of Egypt to China. States need to sit down & hammer out an understanding on how to overcome issues that could lead to a plummeting of world trade.


To move toward a post-pandemic world, the first step is to "learn to live with the world as it is now," says H.E. Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to China. "This will require trust, but also international cooperation on an unprecedented scale."


Establishing trust. During this pandemic and what has followed after, we need to gain trust at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels, says H.E. Djauhari Oratmangun, Ambassador of Indonesia to China.


Dialogue & cooperation rather than division & confrontation are what's needed to address trade issues, says H.E. Wim Geerts, Ambassador of the Netherlands to China. Here's why he says a rules-based system is key to ensuring a balanced global economic recovery.


Making sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to trade. "The rules-based system provided globally through the multilateral system helps to ensure that there is no regression taking place," says Her Excellency Clare Fearnley, Ambassador of New Zealand to China.


Keeping politics out of the pandemic. "We must follow the science to fight the control & spread of the virus, & avoid political protectionism, artificial barriers, conspiracies, fake news & spread of fear," says H.E. Siyabonga Cwele, Ambassador of South Africa to China.


For Swiss companies in China, business was overall good in 2020, says H.E. Bernardino Regazzoni, Ambassador of Switzerland to China. But there's still room for improvement in some areas, including several market access restrictions & barriers on investments.


The UAE's strategy has been to focus on strengthening trade ties with our existing partners like China, says H.E. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to China. "The UAE has developed into a major logistic & manufacturing hub of the BRI for the Middle East and North Africa."

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