The year 2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive global infrastructure and development project initiated by the Chinese government. Over the past decade, the BRI has reshaped the global economic and geopolitical landscape, fostering connectivity, trade, and cooperation among nations.
Connectivity and infrastructure development has been enhanced across continents. The initiative has seen the construction of a vast network of roads, railways, ports, and other infrastructure projects that have significantly improved transportation and trade links between China and participating countries. These developments have facilitated the flow of goods, capital, and ideas, stimulating economic growth in various regions. Knowledge-sharing, cultural exchanges, mutual understanding, and diplomatic ties among nations have also been strengthened.
The 10th anniversary of the BRI also provides an opportunity to reflect on its future prospects. As the world recovers from the global pandemic and focuses on sustainable development, the BRI can play an important role in promoting green and inclusive growth. In particular, by incorporating environmental and social considerations into project planning and implementation.
Enhancing digital connectivity and promoting innovation and technology transfer can be instrumental in fostering future economic and social progress in participating countries.
Join this EURACTIV Hybrid Conference to discuss the Belt and Road Initiative and its future path. Questions to be addressed include:
– What experience and lessons can be learnt from the first 10 years of BRI?
– What are the future prospects of this ambitious endeavour?
– What could be the avenues for deeper cooperation?
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