Mr.Thore Vestby was invited as a keynote speaker to participate in the 2018 “Global Silk Road” Forum, which was held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on July 3-4, 2018. “Global Silk Road” was mainly organized by the International Secretariat of G-Global, International municipal government of Astana. Leaders of world business, financial institutions, state and scientific figures, representatives of non-governmental and international organizations, mass media from more than 60 countries along the Great Silk Road will take part in the “Global Silk Road” Forum. which has given these countries an opportunity for business, trade, investment and cultural exchanges.
United the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Astana as a capital and the 5th anniversary of the launching of President Xi Jinping "the Belt and Road Initiative", this forum has lasted for two days. It includes topics on the global challenges facing the SCO countries, key issues of the digitalization of the Silk Road of the 21st century and new format for organizing international business cooperation, scientific and expert support for the One Belt, One Road Project and solution of important fundamental issues of women, youth and NGOs.
Ichi Foundation is aiming at facilitating cooperation on culture and education along “the Belt and Road Initiative”, focusing on youth development under globalization, seeking the goal of seeking broad consensus to deepen effectively mutual understanding and promote balanced development by connecting the diverse culture and conducting nongovernmental exchanges. In this forum, Mr.Thore Vestby participated in workshop，panel session，round table of the Mayors of the Silk Road countries and made a speech about the China-EU green project about urban farming and a better understanding of different opinions between the Silk Road countries on culture, education, and economy.