BTBU-ECOSF Joint Training Center On Scientific, Tech & Economic Coop

BTBU In Collaboration With Economic Cooperation Organization – Science Foundation (ECOSF) Launched A BTBU-ECOSF Joint Training Center.

About the BTBTU-ECOSF Joint Training Center

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a massive global initiative aimed at connecting international trading partners in the east and the  west. The BRI offers a tremendous potential to spur a new era of trade, economic and industrial growth for the countries in the Asia and beyond. In order to maximize the benefits of BRI, the participating countries require to develop adequate technological workforce and engage in an alliance for promotion of cross-border cooperation in the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) sectors.

Appreciating this need for skill development and capacity building in key economic sectors, the Beijing Technological and Business University (BTBU) In Collaboration With Economic Cooperation Organization – Science Foundation (ECOSF) Launched A BTBU-ECOSF Joint Training Center On Scientific, Technological And Economic Cooperation Under Belt And Road Initiative In September 2020. The Center has won the financial support of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) Program of International Collaboration Platform for Science and Technology Organizations in Belt and Road Countries.

BTBU is renowned as a one of the leading high-level research universities in Beijing. Having long been committed to promoting substantive exchanges and exchanges with overseas first-class universities and academic institutions, BTBU has achieved meaningful results in international exchanges and cooperation, personnel training, academic research, etc.

ECOSF is the specialized agency of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), an intergovernmental organization for scientific and technological cooperation, with its 10-member states (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). ECOSF has an extensive exchange and cooperation network with international scientific and technological organizations in Europe, Asia, Africa and other regions, as well as other international organizations.

BTBU-ECOSF Joint Training Center aims to promote the sustainable economic and social development of BRI countries through training in the fields of technology application, industrial economics, S&T standards and science communication.


  1. Background

Climate change and its adverse effects are the common concern of mankind and one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century, which needs to be addressed through international cooperation in the context of sustainable development. A number of countries have pledged to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century.

China has emerged as global climate leader with its announcement in 2020 that it would aim to achieve “carbon neutrality” before 2060. In so doing it joins the European Union, the UK and dozens of other countries in adopting mid-century climate targets, as called for by the Paris agreement.

China leads the world in the clean technologies and it is by far the largest investor, producer and consumer of renewable energy. One out of every three solar panels and wind turbines in the world are in China. It is also home to nearly half the world’s electric passenger vehicles, 98% of its electric buses and 99% of its electric two-wheelers.1 The country leads in the production of batteries to power electric vehicles and store renewable energy on power grids. By 2025, its battery facilities will be almost double the capacity of the rest of the world combined.

It is important to understand and share best practices and experiences amongst the countries towards promoting low carbon development initiatives. A transdisciplinary approach can facilitate knowledge exchange and dissemination to support policies and programmes through collaborative research and engagement. Hence, it is imperative for China to bring its extensive expertise and best practices in renewables and energy efficiency to Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries.

Promoting low-carbon development in BRI countries would require collaborative efforts from both within China—by leveraging finance and overseas investments in green projects—and participating countries—by promoting stronger clean energy and environmental policies that provide favorable market environments for China and other countries to make green investments in clean energy and sustainable transportation infrastructure.

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