Belt Road Initiative

The China-led Belt Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious plan for infrastructure development and regional integration across at least 68 countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. The BRI has enormous potential to revitalize ancient trade routes and create new ones in a manner that can raise the standard of living for billions of people in a manner that is low carbon and socially inclusive. Such an ambitious undertaking is not without risk however, and poses economic, social, and environmental risks for Chinese and other investors, host country governments and communities, and for the world economy at large. The GDP Center’s work on the BRI generates numerous analyses, data and mapping tools for policy makers, civil society, and the private sector can understand the benefits and risks of the BRI and work to shape the BRI in a manner that maximizes the social and environmental benefits for all parties.

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