Published 24 April 2019, by ANA Reporter 

Independent Media executive chairperson, Dr Iqbal Survé, was appointed to the First Council of the Belt and Road News Network (BRNN) at a highly exclusive gathering of world media leaders in Beijing on Tuesday.

Survé was the only South African to be invited to serve on the First Council, which represents 26 countries and 39 media organisations.

The BRNN has become the largest and most widely participated media event in China, promoting practical co-operation among media from different countries.

Chinese President, Xi Jinping, sent a congratulatory note to the BRNN First Council, which was read by His Excellency Mr Huang Kunming, a senior member of the Politburo and Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.  In it, President Xi Jinping encouraged participants in the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative to follow the Silk Road spirit of “peace and co-operation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit to turn it into a road of peace, prosperity, openness, green development and innovation and a path that brings together different civilizations”.

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