On May 19, 2023, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over the first China-Central Asia Summit in Xi’an, Shannxi Province. Xi delivered a keynote speech entitled “Featuring Mutual Assistance, Common Development, Universal Security, and Everlasting Friendship” to stress that China and Central Asia countries should work closely together to pursue common development, common affluence, and common prosperity, and embrace a brighter future for the six countries.
Central Asia is where the BRI was initiated, also the BRI demonstration zone for high-quality development. As the staunch supporter and active practitioner of the BRI, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the People's Government of Anhui Province has worked together With Central Asia countries to ensure that the China-Central Asia Community features win-win cooperation and common progress.
Anhui Conch Group invests three cement projects in Kazakhstan
In 2019, Anhui Conch Group signed an agreement with the Uzbek government to invest and set up plants in Uzbekistan at the First Entrepreneur Conference of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. In 2022, the Karshi Conch Project in Uzbekistan started production, it has provided many jobs for the local people and created good economic and social benefits.
Anhui Conch Group has successively invested in three modern large-scale cement projects, Karshi, Tashkent, and Andijan, in Uzbekistan, with a total investment of nearly 750 million U.S. dollars. More than 3,500 local jobs are expected to be provided after the three projects are fully implemented.
In 2022, the Karshi Conch waste heat recovery project started construction. It is expected to connect to the grid for power generation in 2023. The project utilizes the waste heat from the exhaust gas discharged from the cement plant to generate electricity, and the generated energy will be implemented for enterprise production. Overseas applications such as energy-saving, environmentally-friendly, and low-carbon new technologies, new processes, new materials, and new equipment will also inject a new “green” driving force into high-quality Belt and Road Cooperation.