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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) : Reshaping the Global Value Chain

10 January 2018

30 January 2018, 14.00pm-18.00h - followed by a cocktail reception


Residence Palace, Brussels


ACCA (the association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the EU-Asia Centre, the European Movement International (EMI) and UEAPME are delighted to invite you to their multistakeholder conference on The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) : Reshaping the Global Value Chain, to discuss the implications of China’s grand scheme to link Asia and Europe together via new massive infrastructure projects in Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans.


Launched in 2013 as “One Belt, One Road”, the BRI is hugely ambitious and already has the support of the EU, the World Bank, the EBRD and many other financial and economic institutions.


But what is the experience to date? How to secure financing for projects? What are the economic and policy implications of the BRI? This conference will discuss the state of play with leading policy makers and business operators from Europe and China. It will also provide an insight into the opportunities and challenges of the BRI for European business.


Please RSVP to before 25 January 


Draft Agenda


13.45pm Registration and coffee


14.00pm Welcome remarks, Maggie Mc Ghee, Director of Professional Insights, ACCA


14.05pm Opening remarks, Counsellor Shi Wei, Mission of China to the EU


14.15pm Opening remarks, Xavier Coget, Cabinet of Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen,


14.25pm Panel debate on economic and policy implications of the BRI, moderated by Fraser Cameron, Director EU-Asia Centre

  • Luc Devigne, Director of EAST — Russia, eastern partnership, Central Asia, Regional cooperation and OSCE at the EEAS
  • Anna Saarela, European Parliament, DG EXPO, Policy Department
  • Natasha Khanjenkova , Managing Director Central Asia & Russia EBRD
  • Venerable Ji-jing, Chief Monk of Shanghai Dragon Monastery and Chengdu Daci Monastery, Director, People to People Exchanges
  • Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary, ETUC


15.40pm Q&As


16.00pm Coffee break


16.20pm Panel on Business experiences, moderated by Ada Leung, head of ACCA China

  • Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director, EU-China Business Association 
  • Dilek Aydin, EU representative of Turkonfed at  UEAPME
  • Maurice Fermont, Adviser, BusinessEurope
  • Liqin HE, General Manager, Bank of China (Luxembourg) S.A. Brussels Branch
  • Alain Baron, EU-China Connectivity platform,  DG MOVE


17.30pm Q&A


17.50pm Concluding remarks Jo Leinen, MEP, Head of the EP EU-China Delegation


18.00pm Cocktail reception