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A New Era for China-Italy Philanthropy, A New Chapter for East-West Exchange

:2019/03/24





"Here we meet to connect philanthropy with head of state exchange for the first time, which will start a new era in the history of China-Italy philanthropy" 


- Dean of China Global Philanthropy Institute 

Co-founding Secretary General of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum 

Wang Zhenyao 


From Mar. 21 to 24, 2019, invited by Sergio Mattarella, President of the Republic of Italy, Xi Jinping, Chairman of the People's Republic of China, paid a state visit to Italy for friendly exchange, which wrote a new chapter of comprehensive cooperation and drew a blueprint of future development. 


In order to actively respond to the "Belt and Road" Initiative, strengthen non-governmental exchanges between the two countries, and promote the common development of philanthropy between the two countries, during the visit of Chairman Xi Jinping, the " China-Italy Philanthropy Forum" jointly sponsored by Shenzhen China Global Philanthropy Institute, China Development Research Foundation and UNITO China Research Center, Italy was formally established. On Mar. 22, East-West Philanthropists Summit of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum themed by "Innovation and Dialogue: Promoting China-Italy Philanthropy Cooperation and Cultivating Sustainable Social Capital" was successfully held in the Lincean Academy. On Mar. 23, witnessed by Chairman Xi Jinping and Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy, Dean Wang Zhenyao officially signed a "Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum" with Fang Jin, Deputy Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation and Ouyang Qiao in charge of UNITO China Research Center, Italy, and reached a consensus on jointly promoting the future cooperation in the field of China-Italy philanthropy. The Memorandum became the only one in charity field of the 19 cooperative contracting projects witnessed by the leaders of the two countries. This also represents the highest level of charitable exchange activities in the history of the two countries. 


Under the witness of leaders of China and Italy, a "Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum" was officially signed 


"The China-Italy cultural cooperation mechanism jointly established by the two sides, the China-Italy Entrepreneurs Committee, the China-Italy Third Party Market Cooperation Forum, the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum just recently created, and a series of government and trade agreements scheduled to be signed tomorrow fully demonstrate that they have a strong interest in the development and cooperation partnership of the two countries." 


- President of the Republic of Italy 

Sergio Mattarella 


2020 marks the 50thanniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Italy. During talks with Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy, Chairman Xi Jinping pointed out that China-Italy relations were deeply rooted in the history of thousands of years of exchanges with profound public opinion foundation. Both sides shall always treat and grasp China-Italy relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Italy and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Italy in 2020, they will jointly promote China-Italy relations to a new era, so that pragmatic cooperation results in all fields will better benefit people in these two countries. 


The establishment of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum and the convening of East-West Philanthropists Summit of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum are gifts for the 50thanniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Italy through joint philanthropy action. Meanwhile, the Forum is also the result made through the constant concern and promotion by leaders of China and Italy. As early as May 2018, Romano Prodi, former Chairman of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Italy, paid a visit to China Global Philanthropy Institute and attended the China-Italy Philanthropy Seminar. At the meeting, Mr. Prodi proposed that "philanthropy, like a bonding agent of society, is able to connect every part of society and create a stable environment. At the same time, countries can also cooperate on many aspects in the field of philanthropy". Under his active promotion, the Institute reached a consensus with China Development Research Foundation and UNITO China Research Center on future cooperation in the field of China-Italy philanthropy, which directly contributed to the establishment of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum. 


East-West Philanthropy Circle was officially set up 


On the evening of Mar. 22 (local time), Mr. Romano Prodi, Honorary Co-Chairman and Ma Weihua, Honorary Co-Chairman of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum were invited to attend the state banquet held by President Mattarella. President Mattarella made a special statement at the State Banquet: "The China-Italy cultural cooperation mechanism jointly established by the two sides, the China-Italy Entrepreneurs Committee, the China-Italy Third Party Market Cooperation Forum, the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum just recently created, and a series of government and trade agreements scheduled to be signed tomorrow fully demonstrate that they have a strong interest in the development and cooperation partnership of the two countries." 


In the meantime, philanthropists in both countries paid much attention to China-Italy Philanthropy Forum. Niu Gensheng, founder of Laoniu Foundation, Inner Mongolia and Co-Chairman of East-West Philanthropy Forum; Lei Yongsheng, Chairman of Laoniu Foundation, Inner Mongolia and Director of China Global Philanthropy Institute; Cheng Zhuo, Chairman of Cheng Siwei Fund; Niu Ben, Chairman of Laoniu Brother & Sister Foundation and Co-Chairman of International Philanthropic Circle; Chen Xiaopeng, Secretary General of Laoniu Brother & Sister Foundation; Wang Xiaoqin, director of China Water Affairs Group Limited; Hong Hangqing, Chairman and CEO of AP Photonics Limited; Zhang Chengcheng, Chairman of Roffar Foundation (Shaanxi); Zhang Junting, Chairman of Rockcheck Puji Charity Foundation (Tianjin); Liu Xin, Executive Director of Faith Group (USA) and Francesco Profumo, Chairman of Sao Paulo Foundation and Italy's former Minister of Education; Brunello Cucinelli, Chairman and CEO of Brunello Cucinelli; Emanuele Grimaldi, Chairman of Grimaldi Lines; Giuseppe Lavazza, Vice President of The Lavazza Group; Anna Zegna, Chairman of Fondazione Zegna; More than 30 authoritative representatives in the political, philanthropic, business, art and academic circles of China and Italy including Andrew Gafosto, Director-General of Agnelli Foundation, etc. were invited to attend the East-West Philanthropists Summit of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum. They explored opportunities and challenges in the cooperation between China and Italy in philanthropy innovation (talent training, technological innovation, environmental protection), human well-being (child education, poverty alleviating, health care), culture and art (culture, sports, art) and other fields of philanthropy in the context of "The Belt and Road Initiative" for the new era, and carried out in-depth discussion on Global Challenges and State Responsibilities: The Evolution of Philanthropist Influence", "Innovation and Protection - Humanistic Spirit in the Digital Era", "International Philanthropy Joint Influence", "Family Legacy and Philanthropy Innovation" and other topics. 


Participants in the East-West Philanthropists Summit of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum with Cardinal Peter Turkson 


"Under the framework of East-West Philanthropy Forum, the summit is an extension of cooperation between China and Italy, Europe and even the world in the field of philanthropy."  


- Former Chairman of the European Commission 

Former Prime Minister of Italy 

Honorary Co-Chairman of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum 

Romano Prodi 


Mr. Prodi mentioned at the summit that China-Italy Philanthropy Forum was an extension of cooperation between China and Italy and other countries in the world including the United States and Europe in the field of philanthropy, and a new field to expand East-West philanthropy cooperation based on the platform of East-West Philanthropy Forum. At the same Mr. Prodi also called on philanthropists from China and Italy to take action after the summit and implement a series of consensuses reached. He also appealed to philanthropists from both countries to do some practical things in the field of philanthropy with their ardent love for China, Italy, Europe and even the world. 


Mr. Niu Gensheng, founder of Laoniu Foundation, Inner Mongolia and Co-Chairman of East-West Philanthropy Forum, also pointed out at the summit that with the development of the times, the influence of philanthropists has been evolving from localization to globalization, from "concern about society" to "concern about society and nature", from "wealth philanthropy" to "wealth and intellect philanthropy", and from "surgical philanthropy" to "genetic philanthropy". 


Mr. Prodi, Co-Chairman of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum, awarded the certificate of honor of "Global Philanthropy Joint Action Ambassador" to Mr. Niu Gensheng, founder of Laoniu Foundation, Inner Mongolia and Co-Chairman of East-West Philanthropy Forum 


After the summit, two alliances aimed at promoting the East-West philanthropist joint action were officially released, that is, "East-West Philanthropy Circle" focusing on the world philanthropy family joint action and "International Philanthropic Circle" focusing on the innovation and philanthropy of young philanthropists in the world. 


Niu Ben, Chairman of Laoniu Brother & Sister Foundation and Co-Chairman of International Philanthropy Alliance, introduced the mission and vision of International Philanthropy Alliance in detail. With the advent of the era of "philanthropy economy", increasingly more young philanthropists are taking entrepreneurship and social responsibility as an important mission during life development and business operation. With "focusing on the innovation and philanthropy of young philanthropists in the world" as the mission, International Philanthropy Alliance will accompany young philanthropists in the joint action of innovation and philanthropy. The vision of the Alliance is to set up a social counseling support system of innovation and philanthropy for young philanthropists in China, create the highest philanthropy innovation, cooperation and exchange platform for global young philanthropists, and build a global philanthropy new partner network for the world's young philanthropists. 


Niu Ben said that in the era of "philanthropy economy", " International Philanthropic Circle" and other philanthropy organizations would make philanthropy the business of a person, a family or a country, and promote people-to-people, family-to-family and country-to-country exchanges. Finally, common world outlook and values would be formed. Philanthropy organizations would unit with each other to jointly solve all kinds of social problems. 


Niu Ben, Chairman of Laoniu Brother & Sister Foundation and Co-Chairman of International Philanthropic Circle, signed to support the East-West joint philanthropy action on behalf of young philanthropists 


"Faced with the amazing historical heritage, let's think about such problems: how to interpret history, how to think about the present, how to better combine ancient and modern, classic and innovative, and how to promote the sustainable development of philanthropy in cultural exchanges" 


— Honorary Co-Chairman of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum 

Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Global Philanthropy Institute 

Ma Weihua 


Chairman Ma Weihua pointed out at the summit that philanthropists of both countries should use the forum platform to create experience, learn from each other, strengthen exchanges of East-West philanthropy cases and talent training, use financial leverage to stimulate philanthropy resources, and integrate social resources, so that more people will be subsidized and more social problems solved. 


Mr. Ma Weihua, Honorary Co-Chairman of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum and Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Global Philanthropy Institute delivered a speech 


For many years, China Global Philanthropy Institute has been adhering to the mission of "cultivating global philanthropy models" to set up a global philanthropy teaching and research cooperation network. GPL and EMP set up by the Institute emerge as the times require in the context. GPL is the first international, leading and experience-based philanthropy Learning Program in the world for Chinese philanthropists to set up a mission-based and action-based philanthropy exchange and cooperation network for philanthropists and high-end wealthy people in China to connect with the world's philanthropy resources. EMP, acting locally, learns from the West and works with world-class philanthropists and global advanced philanthropy institutions, which is aimed at providing the management in the philanthropy industry with the world's leading philanthropy management learning system. 


In the view of Dean Wang Zhenyao, the establishment of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum will provide wider room for the cultivation of philanthropy talents in the East and West. European philanthropists including Italian philanthropists can deliver fresh ideas and experience to China to cultivate more mission-based philanthropy models. 


Mr. Wang Zhenyao, Co-founding Secretary General of China-Italy Philanthropy Forum and Dean of China Global Philanthropy Institute gave a speech 


In the context of new development of the China-Italy relations, China-Italy Philanthropy Forum will be an important force for implementing the consensus of leaders of the two countries and promoting the China-Italy relations to a higher level. A New Era for China-Italy Philanthropy, A New Chapter for East-West Exchange Philanthropists in the East and West will work hand in hand to create a better future for the China-Italy and even China-Europe relations. 




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