From ancient times the people traveled, exchanging goods, skills and ideas with the neighboring settlements. Throughout history, immeasurable Eurasia has been a crossroads with trade routes that gradually contributed to the formation of the now famous Silk Road. Here they traded silk and other goods, with peoples from around the world. At the same time, sea routes were created that connected East and West by water and were used mainly for the spice trade, which gave rise to the name “Ways of Spices”.
Numerous road networks served not only to move goods and luxury items, but also to transmit knowledge, ideas, cultures and beliefs that significantly influenced the history and development of the civilizations of the Eurasian peoples. Travelers took risks, involved not only in trade, but also in participating in intellectual and cultural exchanges in the cities where the Silk Road took place. Mutually enriched the cultures of peoples in the field of art, literature and science, as well as the exchange of knowledge about crafts and technology – all this influenced the formation of languages and religions.
These routes have existed since ancient times, but despite this, the name “Silk Road” is a relatively recent concept. It was proposed by geologist Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen in the middle of the XIX century, who called the system of communications and trade Die Seidenstrasse, which means from the German “Silk Road”.
Throughout history, the Silk Road, a route of dialogue, trade, interaction and exchange, has united people and their cultures. First created as networks of communication and exchange, they have significantly influenced the history of Eurasia: the culture and religion of peoples, languages, science, preserving the intellectual and artistic heritage.
Today, we are at the origins of the revival of the “ancient Silk Road” and each of us can contribute to the common cause, express their views and make proposals for cooperation and construction of the New Silk Road.
Stretching for thousands of kilometers and lasting thousands of years, the Silk Road has accumulated a special spirit, which is based on mutual benefit, openness, cooperation and common good.
In 2013, at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan), Chinese President Xi Jinping first initiated the construction of the New Silk Road – the Silk Road Economic Belt. Over the past 7 years, the Belt and Road initiative has found a positive response from the international community and has already become an important practice for promoting and creating a community with a common destiny for all mankind.
We live in a modern world, in an era of great progress, where the globalization of the economy and regional integration has awakened a powerful productive potential. Strengthening international cooperation is an important tool for the development of the world economy and each country as a whole.
The creation of the New Silk Road is becoming a powerful channel that contributes to the development and deepening of international economic integration.
The beginning of the path is the most difficult part of it, but the first step has already been taken. We must work together to lead the One Belt One Road initiative to further success, implying mutually beneficial business cooperation in various forms for the common prosperity and development of the economy and culture, achieving economic integration and joint development for the benefit of all.