The Belt and Road Initiative (also known as “One Belt, One Road”, or “B&R”) is one of the largest recent development proposals in terms of the scale of its involvement. “Connectivity” is the main concept of the initiative, as it hopes to connect the Silk Road regions, including Central Asia and Southeast Asia, through a series of infrastructure construction projects.
Nonetheless, infrastructure is not the only area that presents opportunity for investment. Industries that can benefit from the initiative also comprise natural resources, logistics, communications, mining, agriculture, energy, financial, and tourism. As we can see, although the initiative originates from China, the impact on the economic and political grounds is of a global context.
Considering from the above, it comes as no surprise that massive amount of research and studies will be needed to turn the B&R from a mere concept into concrete matters. As numerous international organizations with different agendas are involved in the development, striking the right balance between economics and politics will become a very delicate issue when it comes to foreign investment and project implementation.
With that said, a group of Silk Road seasoned academics, specialists and businessmen are intrigued by topics concerning the B&R. They have gathered together and found the Silk Road Economic Development Research Center for study purpose. On top of that, members also wish to share with the public about their perspectives on the subject.
Our goal is not only to examine the effect and future development of the B&R, but also to give suggestions on how Hong Kong can fit into the B&R initiative, from beginning to future.