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Munib Masri honored in China

Early this month, Edgo Chairman, Munib Masri, was honored by the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) at a conference in the historic Chinese city of Xi’an. The SRCIC is a non-governmental organization set up to promote the renaissance of the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes connecting East and West.

At the event, which took place on 6th and 7th of September, 2016, Mr Masri was awarded the SRCIC Gold Camel award for his contribution to economic and humanitarian services and is only one of four international figures to have been honored in the way.

In his speech to the conference Mr Masri said: “While our mandate as members of the SRCIC is a commerciallydriven one, it is a strategic imperative for us to actively lobby our leaders and governments to focus their efforts on delivering meaningful and equitable conflict resolutions. A central pillar of the Silk Road narrative is that such dialogue can serve to avoid conflict, violence, and terrorism. The Silk Road will be transformational, bringing countries closer, peoples closer, and unify interests and goals. It will provide an insurance policy against future armed conflicts through more effective governance around conflict-resolution.”

Mr. Masri added “China is a great empire that works quietly and without noise. It normally does not get involved directly, but it has its ways to be involved indirectly and effectively. Going forward, China’s role as a fresh international mediator in the region, driven by its increasing business and financial interests, is enhanced by its softer, back-door approach”.

Additionally, with increased investments in the Middle East region, China will find that its business interests cannot be separated from the political brokering that is necessary to create stability, where there is now chaos. Therefore, the root causes of such chaos will need to be addressed first”.

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