The Belt and Road Initiative as a catalyst for institutional development

HKUST IEMS Thought Leadership Brief No. 30


Angela Tritto

The Belt and Road Initiative has generated considerable institutional restructuring and increase of policy capacity in host countries. Comparing different countries shows that most of the effort is concentrated in creating policy frameworks to direct and negotiate projects rather than strengthening their management and monitoring. However, the latter would be more crucial to ensure sustainability. The sustainability of BRI projects depends on both China and the host country. Hence, the Chinese side should also improve its due diligence to ensure that projects do not lead to unsustainable outcomes for the host country.

Taking Stock of the Belt and Road Initiative 

The author will discuss the insights from the study on which this Brief is based at the event "Taking Stock of the Belt and Road Initiative" to be held on 20 September 2019 in Shanghai.  

A simplified Chinese version of this brief is available here.  



This research is supported by the Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme from the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government.


About the author

Angela Tritto (Ph.D., City University of Hong Kong), is a Postdoctoral Fellow at IEMS, HKUST, and a research affiliate at the Southeast Asia Research Centre at City University of Hong Kong.  More >> 





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