The Proposal of 6th IIICF (Draft) 1. Theme：Regional Economic Integration and International Infrastructure Cooperation 2. Background At present, the regional economic integration has become an important trend in world economic development. Along with the founding and development of significant regional economic cooperative organizations such as The European Union, The African Union, ASEAN and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), volume of the internal trade, scale on personnel exchange and capital flows in related neighboring countries and regions are increasing, which not only require higher infrastructure capacity but also provide opportunities for cooperation on regional infrastructure. Currently, Chinese government proposed a strategic thinking --“Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road of 21st century (One Belt and One Road)” which is the new attempt to push forward development of regional economic integration as well as the major strategy to improve China’s opening-up in the new period. The objective of One Belt and One Road is achieving connection and integration on five fields including policy, transportation, trade, currency and civil society among neighboring countries, especially infrastructure cooperation is a priority where a large number of upcoming projects on railway, highway, ports etc. will afford numerous cooperation opportunities to China and related countries. One Belt and One Road passes through Middle Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia and parts of Europe, connecting with Asian-Pacific Economic Circle and European Economic Zone where majority of countries along the route are emerging economies and developing countries which are on the rise and have strong demand on infrastructure. Strengthening infrastructure cooperation with these countries is the strategic need of China and complies with the demands and interests of countries along the route. Regional economic integration has a long history, the European Union is the typical example of regional economic integration zone. Africa and Latin America are also the regions which have pushed forward regional integration and development. However, the level of integration in Africa and Latin America nowadays are still low due to the influence of multiple factors, the commonly existing incomplete infrastructure has become one of the major restrictions to economic and social development. Therefore, numerous regional organizations in Africa and Latin America accelerated integrative infrastructure development to promote regional cooperation. The Africa Union identified cross-border and trans-region infrastructure development programs and overall implementation framework in 2012, and provided supports for regional infrastructure construction by establishing funds. In the meantime, other sub-regional organizations in Africa have made, implemented and finished many sound and highly-efficient infrastructure projects including road, railway, harbors and airports etc. to facilitate regional trading cooperation, personnel exchange and improve the effectiveness of manufacturing and services industry for a more integrated Africa. In addition, Latin America is also speeding up the regional economic integration, a number of major regional economic integration organizations including CELAC have launched many encouragement policies concerning infrastructure investment through coordinating macroeconomic policies and putting together joint action plan in this region for improving the overall economic power of Latin America. While improving commercial environment themselves, countries in Africa and Latin America are also actively seeking for extensive international cooperation. Africa is an important infrastructure partner of China who tends to establish cross-border and trans-regional infrastructure partnership with Africa, helping Africa develop consulting and planning of connected infrastructure and encouraging Chinese enterprises to engage in trans-regional infrastructure construction and management of operation in Africa through innovative financial arrangement. Furthermore, China and Latin American countries have deepened mutual cooperation on manufacturing, energy, resources and infrastructure construction to a new stage with the establishment of China-CELAC Forum. With closer political relations and economic ties among China, Africa and Latin America, infrastructure cooperation as a key point of regional economic cooperation will certainly be uplifted to a new height. For a long period, Chinese leaders have been committed to the strategic layout for "going out" of infrastructure construction by arranging large-scale financial support, furthering the cooperation on infrastructure investment and construction between China and major regions in the world through important measures such as setting up China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund, carrying forward establishing Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, supporting to set up New Development Bank (BRICs Bank) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Development Bank etc. In the context of development of regional economic integration, what kinds of changes and adjustments of international infrastructure market will occur? What are the ongoing progress and innovative measures launched by governments for speeding up regional infrastructure construction? How the financial institutions coordinate and strengthen mutual cooperation to support regional infrastructure construction? How the related countries and regions collaborate to achieve effective financing, sound operation and accordance of codes &standards of the projects? The above hot topics will draw great attention and arouse warm discussion among global industry. It is realistic that 6th IIICF will be centered around “Regional Economic Integration and International Infrastructure Cooperation” to discuss for better implementing national strategy, facilitating industry development and international cooperation, which can also draw great attention and involvement from domestic and overseas industry sectors.