On the afternoon of March 6, 2017, the 2017 first plenary session of China BRICS Business Council was held in Ocean Plaza, Beijing. The meeting was chaired by Capt. Xu Lirong, Chairman of China BRICS Business Council. Mr. Wang Xiaolong, Special Envoy of BRICS Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made important remarks in the meeting. The meeting was also attended by five Chinese council members, Mr. Wang Yupu, Chairman of Sinopec, Mr. Tian Guoli, Chairman of Bank of China Limited, Mr. Lu Yimin, President and Vice Chairman of China Unicom, and Mr. Xie Biao, Executive Vice President of Sinomach Group. The meeting discussed the 2017 working plan of the Council, and adopted the application of several enterprises to join working groups of the Council. Delegates from over 20 companies in the seven working groups also attended the meeting.
China has taken over the BRICS rotating presidency since January 1, 2017, and is going to hold the Ninth BRICS Heads of State Summit in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China, in September, 2017. As the presidency organization of China BRICS Business Council, COSCO SHIPPING will be responsible for the work of the Council in 2017.