The Belt and Road from the Other End: A European Perspective

Published on: 2016-03-22


Abstract / Seminar Summary

Xi Jinping’s dream, the revival of the old Silk Road, seems to be moving ahead. With Europe standing at the end of this road and given the sheer size of the Belt and Road project (also known as the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) initiative), one would expect it to be widely discussed in Europe. Instead, European leaders and businessmen do not seem to too busy with their crisis and post-crisis management to grasp the importance of this project for Europe. This presentation aims at characterizing the nature of the Belt and Road project and its key implications for Europe not only in terms of trade but also of geostrategic importance.

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About the Speaker

Alicia Garcia Herrero is Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at NATIXIS based in Hong Kong.

In previous years Alicia held the following positions: Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Member of the Asian Research Program at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Head of the International Economy Division of the Bank of Spain, Member of the Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB), Head of Emerging Economies at the Research Department of Banco Santander and Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Alicia has always combined her career in the private and public sectors with a commitment to applied research and teaching. Alicia serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow in several think tanks, in particular BRUEGEL in Brussels, Emerging Market Institute at Johnson Graduate School of Management (Cornell) and at Real Instituto El Cano in Madrid. She is also adjunct professor at HKUST and visiting faculty at China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Alicia is also a member of the Council of Advisor of the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research (HKIMR).

Alicia holds a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and has published extensively in refereed journals and books. Alicia is also very active with international media (Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others).

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