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“One Belt, One Road”: An Economic Roadmap

By The Economist Corporate Network

The Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road - better known by its popular shorthand terms of One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and the Belt-Road initiative - has become one of the most discussed topics about China’s evolving role in the global economy today. The Economist Corporate Network has produced "One Belt, One Road": an economic roadmap to add clarity to the discussion and stimulate more informed consideration about the implications of OBOR. To that end, this report explores seven key regional spheres covered by the Belt-Road initiative: Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Russia, South Asia and South-east Asia.

As Belt-Road projects heavily emphasise infrastructure development, the regional mapping lists out infrastructure project pipelines. These lists do not aim to provide a complete accounting of projects but rather a varied sampling to show the types of development activities that characterise a region. For the sake of transparent, readily verifiable data, the lists draw from publicly accessible sources such as the World Bank, InfraPPP and CG/LA Infrastructure’s Strategic 100: 2016 Global Infrastructure Report. The information is current as of February-March 2016. The regional analysis sections also give overviews of the infrastructure needs of a region’s constituent countries. The analysis further delves into examining the progress, results and the wider ramifications of prominent OBOR projects.

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