None of the planned projects in the Belt & Road Initiative, whether in buildings, rail, airports or water, would be able to take place without finance. 

One of the most significant reasons why the Belt & Road Initiative is not being seen as simply just another political slogan is that it has been complemented by the establishment of major new mechanisms for funding the initiative, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Silk Road Foundation. The role that such financial mechanisms have to play in ensuring the long-term viability and sustainability of projects in the region is vital.

Chinese banks have been leading the way with green finance and this session will aim to address what opportunities are emerging through the region of the BRI for UK financial institutions and how the development of this project might impact upon the global financial system. Scrutiny of infrastructural projects and their green credentials is another important aspect in which the UK has significant experience, which will be discussed in depth.

  • What role has carbon auditing to play in ensuring viable infrastructure is delivered?
  • What new financial models are being experimented with through early implementation of the BRI?
  • How can the UK government and financial sector support investment into BRI projects?
  • What legal aspects must be considered in cross-border trade?