Boao/Information Office/ 28 March 2015/HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud participated Saturday in the Boao forum for Asia Annual Conference in China, dedicated to discussing shaping a new Asian future based on a common-destiny approach. HE the Deputy Prime Minister spoke at the event and expressed his happiness at being in China. His Excellency then conveyed the greetings of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. HE the Deputy Prime Minister said that the international community is currently at a time where it faces many conflicts, something that requires more cooperation to overcome them. His Excellency focused in particular on weak growth in Asia, high unemployment and the lack of progress in combatting poverty. His Excellency highlighted that the call of the Chinese President for more cooperation between Asian countries was exactly Qatar's policy towards all Asian countries, stressing that Qatar strengthened ties in political, security and economic fields with all Asian countries. HE the Deputy Prime Minister noted that the establishment of Qatar Development Fund was an example of the cooperation between Qatar and other friendly Asian countries in establishing developmental projects. HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs added that the development of Asia will only happen by enhancing peace and stability in the continent. HE the Deputy Prime Minister added that investing in infra-structure to link the continent together will also an important part of developing Asian countries. His Excellency noted however that such a project will require the cooperation and creativity of all Asian nations. His Excellency also said that the State of Qatar was one of the first countries to back the initiative of the President of China in building silk road economic belts, seeing it as an opportunity to accelerate economic integration in the continent. HE the Deputy Prime Minister moved to stress Qatar's commitment to provide energy for Asian countries. His Excellency added that the transport of oil and gas will be one of the priorities of the silk road economic belt.