Academic Workshop on "The Belt and Road: From Vision to Reality”


Albert Francis Park,Alicia Garcia-Herrero,Barry Sautman,Angela Tritto,Naubahar Sharif,Edwin L. -C. Lai,Alexey Kalinin (SKOLKOVO), Oleg Remyga (SKOLKOVO)
16 May 2018 (Wednesday)
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
IAS2042, 2/F, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST

About the Workshop

China’s Belt and Road Initiative intends to increase connectivity between China and over 60 countries along the old Silk Road’s land and maritime routes, and will be the main platform for China’s global integration efforts in the foreseeable future. Often referred to as “the most significant and far-reaching initiative that China has ever put forward”, the Belt and Road Initiative will play a transformative role in the future development of China and much of the world.

"The Belt and Road: From Vision to Reality” is a one-day workshop of case study presentations that look closely at how the Chinese government has approached investments and infrastructure in Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Kenya based on preliminary research findings conducted by IEMS Belt and Road researchers in Hong Kong and Russia.  Invited guests will join a group of expert researchers and guests to exchange views on major trends of the Belt and Road in different countries, and participate in in-depth discussions on evidence-based research.

Download the program here (PDF)

Session Topics

  • Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Image: A Big Data Analysis
  • RMB Internationalization and the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Case Study Presentation: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Pakistan (a.k.a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC))"
  • Case Study Presentation: Belt and Road Initiative: a view from Indonesia
  • Case Study Presentation: Russia Country Case. Yamal SPG Project Case
  • Case Study Presentation: Central Asia BRI Overview, Kazakhatan Country Case. Khorgos Dry Port Project Case
  • Case Study Presentation: The Belt & Road in East Africa: Preliminary Data on Chinese Investment in Ethiopia


  • Albert Park, Director of HKUST IEMS,  Chair Professor of Social Science and Professor of Economics, HKUST
  • Edwin Lai, Professor of Economics at HKUST
  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at NATIXIS, HKUST Adjunct Professor of Economics
  • Barry Sautman, Professor of Social Science at HKUST
  • Alexey Kalinin, Director of SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management IEMS 
  • Oleg Remyga, Head of China Studies Lab, SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management IEMS
  • Naubahar Sharif, Associate Professor of Social Science at HKUST
  • Angela Tritto, Post-Doctoral Fellow of HKUST IEMS

Research presented is funded by the Central Policy Unit’s Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

This academic seminar is jointly organized by HKUST IEMS and SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management IEMS

For more information, please contact Joey Chu at Tel: +852 3469 2215

**We also held a panel event on Thursday 17 May under the same title: “The Belt and Road: From Vision to Reality”. Please refer to the event webpage for more:**

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