Editor’s note: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has opened up vast development space for the participating nations, facilitating profound growth and development. Young individuals from diverse countries have enhanced their understanding and achieved mutual success and growth through learning from each other. Their contributions demonstrate the vigor of youth in the pursuit of a shared future for mankind. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the BRI. In commemoration of this milestone, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has launched the “Belt and Road Youth Stories” article series, recounting the endeavors of SJTU students in BRI.


Jute is known as the “golden fiber” in Bangladesh. As a PhD student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Bangladeshi businessman Safa leverages the CIIE platform to bring local jute handicrafts to China. A small booth at the CIIE opens a window of opportunity for Bangladesh, one of the least developed countries to access the vast Chinese market.

Jute handicrafts, showcasing the very essence of Bangladesh, have been warmly embraced at every CIIE, attracting numerous orders. Currently, all the jute handicrafts produced at Safa's factory are exclusively sold to China and distributed worldwide through various sales channels within China. By tapping into the Chinese market, the lives of local workers in Bangladesh have been greatly improved, which aligns with Safa's initial intention in establishing the factory.

Jute handicrafts exemplify the business opportunities offered by the CIIE. Thanks to this grand stage, they have become a conduit for the world to discover Bangladesh, opening up new opportunities for local industries.

The CIIE is more than a trade fair; it is a beacon of hope. From Fortune 500 giants to small business in underdeveloped nations, the CIIE continues to fulfills the aspirations of Chinese consumers for a better life while benefiting people worldwide.

Editor on Duty: Yan Cheng

Responsible Editor: Jiang Qianqian, Fu Yuhe