Conference on Trade and Investment under the Belt and Road Initiative


19 - 28 Aug 2020

[Update 2020.08.18]  Speakers at the Policy Dialogues are now updated.   Please refer to the latest program.  


Funded by the Hong Kong SAR Government under the Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Scheme, HKUST IEMS has been leading an interdisciplinary research project on “Trade and Investment under the Belt and Road Initiative and Implications for Hong Kong” since 2017.  As part of the research project, this conference aims to release some of the findings from the projects, as well as bringing together leading researchers from around the world who also have conducted evidence-based research on the Initiative to discuss the implementation and impacts of Belt and Road projects.   


Presentations are organized into six sessions, all held online.  All sessions are open to the public.  Detailed program here (uploaded 2020.08.18) and the speakers' bio here. 

All sessions will be recorded for internal purposes and may or may not be made public, depending on the speakers' references and without further notice to participants other than the speakers.   

To Attend the Conference

  • Click here to join Session #1: Political Economy and COVID-19 on 19th August, Wednesday 8pm - 10:30pm HKT.  
  • Click here to join Session #2: Hong Kong, Financing, Digital Silk Road on 20th August, Thursday 9am - 12 nn HKT. 
  • Click here to join Session #3: BRI in Africa, South Asia & Southeast Asia on 21st August, Friday 9am - 12 noon HKT.  
  • Click here to join Session #4: Trade and Transportation on 26th August, Wednesday 8pm -10:30 pm HKT  
  • Click here to join Session #5: Policy Dialogues on 27th August, Thursday 9am - 10:30am HKT. 
  • Click here to join Session #6: Energy and Environment on 28th August, Friday 9am - 11:30 noon HKT  

The Zoom webinar details will be provided by email. 

Late registration and walk-in will not be entertained.  

Please see here for advice from the university's IT office on Zoom best practices for attendees.  

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