Press Release by China-ASEAN Business Association ( CABA )
29th October 2019
(Shandong Province, China) The CABA Committee for the Promotion of Education, Technological & Cultural Exchange & Training for China-ASEAN Belt & Road Initiative in Shandong, Qihe China-ASEAN Eco-city (CABA-PETCET-CABRI)was officially established with the intention of strengthening education cooperation between China and ASEAN as well as seeking the establishment of an educational platform regarding the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The initiative is led by the China-ASEAN Business Association (CABA) together with ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET), Malaysia’s UTAR alongside other institutions at the ASEAN International Eco-City in Qihe County, Shandong Province.
CABA’s President, Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong stated that both China and ASEAN have exemplary traditional education systems and resources. With regards to the education system and apprenticeship programme, each side possesses its own unique and beneficial characteristics. Therefore, bilateral and multilateral cooperation should be expanded to increase the ongoing cooperation.
“Substantive, institutionalised, bilateral education cooperation and exchange can be implemented gradually in order to achieve mutual economic prosperity and social progress.” Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong said in his speech at the China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Roundtable Meeting held at the ASEAN International Eco-City in Qihe County, Shandong.
Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong feels that the educational cooperation between China and ASEAN must be enhanced to achieve a better result in terms of technological innovation and skilled personal training. At the same time, he agrees with the deepening of trade and economic cooperation between both sides. This is to ensure a win-win situation and mutual benefits in the high-tech industry and cultural exchanges.
According to Xinhua News Agency, the people of China and ASEAN have grown closer and community interaction have become more frequent. Since the last 16 years, interactions between both sides have increased from 3.87 million individuals to a staggering 57 million in 2018. China and ASEAN have students exchange in excess of 220,000 people at end of 2017. Within this figure, the number of ASEAN students in China alone exceeded 95,000. Cooperation between both sides have resulted in the bolstering of the “Double Hundred Thousand Student exchange programme” in order to achieve the goal of 300,000 total students flow by 2025.
This meeting was attended by CABA, AAET, UTAR, TARUC, Myanmar Engineering Societies and Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, a member of the Belt and Road Initiative. Other topics of discussion included the current status and trends of education within China and ASEAN, the requirement for talented individuals in technology development as well as how to improve trade and commerce between both sides.
Other than the roundtable meeting which resulted in the establishment of the CABA Committee for the Promotion of Education, Technological & Cultural Exchange & Training for China-ASEAN Belt & Road Initiative in Shandong Qihe China-ASEAN Eco-city (CABA-PETCET-CABRI), CABA, AAET, UTAR and Shandong Farlim Tourism Development signed a memorandum of understanding to promote education, economy, trade and technology in all sectors as well as cooperation between China and ASEAN.