China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) outlined by China’s President Xi Jinping is one of the most significant and substantial investment and development programmes to come out of China in modern times. Cumulatively, it is, without doubt, the largest contract in the world.

Joining us at this landmark conference will be the former Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown, who will provide a unique insight to the geopolitical environment surrounding trade with Asia, and international experts from China, Europe and the UK, who are all engaged on developing an understanding of, and engagement in, trade with China.

While the narrative is founded on re-establishing the old Silk Roads and Maritime Silk Routes from China to the West, the current ambition for the BRI goes far beyond historical parameters, stretching across some 65 countries that account for around 60% of the world’s population.  Opportunities exist for a wide range of businesses to develop an understanding of the scale, the sequence and the scope of development and, therefore, to get involved.  This conference is the best opportunity you will have to hear from the experts from China, the UK and Europe on the trade and policy environment of BRE and how to engage.

This long-term plan has ambitions across the years and the decades ahead and China is already using its huge economic leverage and a variety of models to start to realise its ambition.

With the physical arrival of the first freight train from Yiwu (Zhejiang) into London earlier this year, China’s Belt & Road Initiative has unarguably reached the UK.  This conference aims to make that known in Scotland, where it will be the first of its kind on this scale. Scotland’s own strengths in innovative technologies and low carbon solutions makes it an ideal place to consider how sustainable strategies and solutions can be developed for projects along the Belt and Road and help companies here understand how to grasp the opportunities it presents.

Scotland’s low carbon economic strategy can help inform this approach to the BRI as can the work of the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities, for whom the conference will act as their 13th biannual Forum, bringing in experts from Finland, Sweden, China and beyond.