Over the last decade China has signed hundreds of deals under the massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). So far, the bulk of Chinese investments have been crowded around physical infrastructure projects in BRI host countries. Earlier this year at the second meeting of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Beijing, China, it was agreed to form a Digital Silk Road Initiative to bridge the communication gap between BRI’s participating nations. This Digital Silk Road Initiative (DSRI) will provide a digital platform for investors interested in the BRI economic corridors.
Key elements of the envisioned DSRI will include investment spaces with harmonised legislations, reduced trade barriers, connected capital markets, harmonised revenue and tax policies, seamless financial services, smart multi-modal transport systems, digital communication infrastructure, geopolitical cooperation, modernisation of customs control and business climate.
What are the opportunities and the potential potholes for African entrepreneurs around the Digital Silk Road Initiative? What should we pay attention too, what context should we be aware of.
Join us at the iHub as Dr Daniel M. Kliman explores these topics and more. Daniel Kliman is the senior fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He is an expert in Asia-Pacific strategy, with a particular focus on U.S. competition with China. Before joining CNAS, Kliman worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he served as Senior Advisor for Asia Integration. Bio. Video.