Belt and Road Initiative: Connecting China to the world

Connecting China to the world

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is set to reinvigorate the seamless flow of capital, goods and services between Asia and the rest of the world, by promoting further market integration and forging new ties among communities. It also offers global businesses unparalleled opportunities to tap into new markets along the Belt and Road geography and to gain deeper access to markets in the China, ASEAN, Middle East, and Europe.

As President Xi expressed in the quote - “Finance is the lifeblood of the modern economy. Only when the blood circulates smoothly, can one grow” - financial integration, one of the five top areas of cooperation, is considered as an important underpinning for implementing the Belt and Road Initiative. It requires openness, development and integration in the financial industry, including cross-border economic zones, regulatory coordination, flexible and efficient investments and financing and innovative financial services.

Attend the Belt and Road Initiative conference to share professional insights, discuss future trends and seek business opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative.!

The Belt and Road Initiative- Friday 25 May 2018

Registration and morning networking


Leadership Dialogue: Public-Private Partnership (PPP) financing on infrastructure and energy projects along the Belt and Road
The investment in infrastructure such as transportation, port, energy and telecommunication, and the like lies at the centre of the BRI. Some projects are funded through government-to-government grants and some others utilise the traditional export credit models. However, these are only a small part of whole projects, more projects are requiring more diversified and flexible financing model, such as PPP.  

  • PPP promoted by China's government: From theory to practice
  • The role of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, New Development Bank and Silk Road Fund for infrastructure financing
  • PPP financing for major infrastructure projects: New criteria to be met
  • Financial innovation in PPP

Tea/ coffee break

RMB internationalisation – Will it become an international trade currency?
Without a doubt, with the implementation of BRI, it offers infinite possibilities for the steady progress of RMB internationalisation. The increase in trade and investment in countries along the Belt and Road will accelerate the global adoption of RMB.

  • Monetary strategy and financial cooperation under BRI
  • Leveraging RMB for global trade and investment
  • Trends in green bond: RMB denominated green finance bond
  • Speeding up the liberalisation of the capital market
  • The power of financial technology in cross-border RMB payments


Demand for cross-border financing services along new trade corridors
BRI connects more than 65 countries along two primary trade routes. The Silk Road Economic Belt recreates the ancient land-based trading routes and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is a sea-based route to the south, each of which creates three economic corridors. In the light of large quantities of ongoing projects in the countries along the Belt and Road, there are enormous opportunities for the development of financial markets both domestically in China and abroad. 

  • New trade pattern due to physical and digital connectivity
  • Regular cooperation and exchange among banks along the Belt and Road
  • Trade finance facilitation - Key of going global

Free Trade Zones (FTZ): From Shanghai to the whole nation
There have been 11 in total up to now since the first pilot free trade zone was set up in Shanghai in 2014.  The zones play a pioneering role that help to open up key markets and industries through relaxed customs procedures, foreign investment rules, and trade and finance innovations as well as serve as key platforms for facilitating outbound investment.

  • A fruitful implementation in Shanghai FTZ, aiming to building Shanghai into a global financial centre.
  • How Guangdong FTZ is going to improve economic and financial cooperation between Guangdong and Hong Kong
  • Innovative products and practices in the FTZs – case study

Tea/ coffee break

Belt and Road: A path to regional financial integration?
BRI not only brings benefits to individual countries along the route, but also encourage all these countries to break down barriers and to create an open, broad, deep and balanced regional coordination and integration.

  • Regulatory coordination and supervision and risk prevention
  • Partnerships with ASEAN: why it is pivotal along the new Silk Road
  • Cross border payment facilities and infrastructures

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Featured keynote speakers from 2017

  Featured speakers from 2017


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