In the six years since its inception, the BRI has seen its master plan fleshed out with key pillars, progressing from a lofty, idealistic picture to a detailed blueprint.
As he remarked in his poem, Lu Anjian notes, “Internationalisation starts with the smallest training paddles in your local sea, but you transform and gain the capability to conduct missions on the seven seas, a brave seaman at the helm of your ship, watching the ocean ahead – the globalised future.”
The 65-acre ‘Factory of the Future’ will become the largest construction site in Ireland, with delivery slated for 2021. Once construction is complete, the site will directly lead to the creation of 400 high-tech jobs and 700 construction-related roles.
Perhaps Seagull, by the great Malaysian poet Tian Si, is the best expression of Geely Holding Group’s spirit as it forges ahead on the Maritime Silk Route: “He is a seagull, whose life is struggle; only the ocean knows the hardship of his life.”
Akurullah may not understand the full significance of the BRI, but he is more than aware about how IMIP, which is a BRI project, has changed his life. “My income here allows me to support my family. This is my home now.”