Key Silk Road Investment Forum 2017, to be held in London

LONDON: One of the most important events of the year, Silk Road Investment Forum 2017, is being hosted by Claret Consulting in collaboration with Westminster Russia Forum, International Capital Markets Association and British Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in London on 6 – 7 April next month. 

The premier event will bring together some of the leading voices and thought leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to discuss important topics related to the Silk Road Initiatives from China to Europe and beyond.

This year’s summit will cover key topics such as Global & Macro Outlook for Silk Road Initiatives, Integrating the Regions of Eurasia, Blending New & Traditional Sources of Financing, Innovative Risk Management for Silk Road Projects, Environmental Sustainability of Silk Road Investments, Special Session on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Special Session on Cypriot & Greek Tourism & Hospitality Investments, Recent Developments in Ports & Logistics on the Silk Road, Extending Road & Rail Networks throughout Eurasia, Silk Road Region Energy & Mining Market Developments and Keystone of the Silk Road: Iran.

Silk Road Investment Forum 2017 builds on the Silk Road Summit & Business Forum held in September 2016, the Silk Road Infrastructure Development Roundtable held in October 2015 in Washington and the Euro-Asia Economic Forum held in Xi’an in September 2015.

Those events featured the leading governments, multilateral organizations and private sector firms driving infrastructure and related investments throughout the Silk Road region.

The Silk Road Investment Forum brings to London for the first time this impressive group of leaders and dealmakers. It is an event you will not want to miss.

Speaking to IB Tribune, Brien Desilets, Founder and Managing Director of Claret Consulting said,

Silk Road initiatives are to be applauded as they envision the integration of Eurasia like never before. China and its ever-growing list of partners have a real interest in developing the region and seeing it thrive beyond narrow security interests.

He added “The new and growing interest from China will only invite more investment and support from the US and other donor and investor countries.  Adopting participatory and collaborative approaches will help to ensure the success of the initiative.”

The Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) Initiative includes the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, referencing the extensive trade routes that dominated medieval trade between East and West.

The initiatives encompass an impressive array of investments in transportation, energy and telecommunications, to foster economic development and improve relations across Eurasia.

Some of the featured speakers of the event includes Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador of Georgia, Baiba Braže, Ambassador of Latvia to the United Kingdom, Ian Twinn, Global Head, Transportation, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Dr Mohammad Hotak, Director Afghanistan Investment Fund and BACCI, Agris Preimanis, Associate Director, Regional Lead Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Gordon Welsh, Head of the Business Group and Executive Committee Member, UK Export Finance.

A delegation from Pakistan will be attending to speak on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $46 billion program of investments focused on power and transportation.

The efforts will link Gwadar Port in Pakistan via road, rail and pipeline to western China’s.