May 16, 2017 -- UN Under-Secretary-General and Acting Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Tegegnework Gettu receives an interview with Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, capital of China, May 15, 2017. The Belt and Road Initiative is a "great achievement" with reciprocal benefits, Gettu said in the interview on Monday. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)
BEIJING, May 16, 2017 -- The Belt and Road Initiative is a "great achievement" with reciprocal benefits, a United Nations senior official said on Monday.
"It is a very impressive move by China," Tegegnework Gettu, UN under-secretary-general and associate administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said during an interview with Xinhua, calling the initiative a "creative platform" that promotes openness and allows cultural and economic differences, while respecting national diversity.
While highlighting its role in sustainable development, Gettu of Ethiopia also believes it is both "daring and challenging" and China needs to take the lead in the process.
Gettu, who attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, said, "The most impressive thing is China's commitment to such a tremendous initiative and...being inclusive to a large number of countries."