Belt and Road

 The sheer scale China’s Belt and Road programme and its strong focus on trade and transportation infrastructure mean it will likely be one of the biggest influencers on the global maritime industry for decades to come.  However, industry stakeholders both within and outside of China struggle to understand the true implications and potential impact of the programme.  This is largely because it is unprecedented in terms of both its size and method, but also because it is unprecedented in terms of the expansion of China-related interests in one programme overseas.  

Belt and Road is already boosting opportunities and the level of development of port and logistics infrastructure on a global level, as well as filling some much needed gaps in the maritime and trade infrastructure of emerging markets  But by bringing more state involvement into the development of maritime and trade assets - and with that development drivers that may go beyond the immediate financial and functional goals of new infrastructure - Belt and Road also adds a high degree of complexity and increased risk for traditional investors, developers and operators in sector assets.

This page represents a collection of key intelligence from our specialist business writers on the Belt and Road programme, with the primary aim of facilitating better understanding of it to support the industry to take advantage of its opportunities and help mitigate its risks. 

News & Analysis

23 Aug 2018
Study warns of the dangers of poor project planning and weak due diligence due to heavy political pressure on state-controlled companies that could leave investors with significant losses
Skyline view of the United Arab Emirates
06 Dec 2017
Countries in the Middle East and Africa are hoping that Belt and Road projects will bring long-term prosperity.
Helsinki port
05 Dec 2017
Marko Tuunainen, president and CEO of Nurminen Logistics, the Finnish logistics services provider, told Fairplay that Finland could play a central role for Belt and Road traffic in Scandinavia.
 Chinese president, Xi Jinping.
04 Dec 2017
Only a limited amount of Chinese capital going overseas is actually ending up on designated Belt and Road routes
Port of Felixstowe
30 Nov 2017
Despite massive financial investments in rail trade links, ocean shipping will continue to dominate trade.
24 Nov 2017
Belt and Road projects in countries outside China will generate an estimated USD28 billion in commercial insurance premiums by 2030 and engineering and marine insurers stand to benefit from access to almost USD14 billion of premiums.


Belt and Road is expected to generate USD2.5 trillion in the next decade in additional trade between China and more than 60 countries connected by a sprawling network of roads, railways, air, and sea trade links.

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