WHAT THE
BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE
MEANS FOR BANKS

GBM benefits from early adoption of global approach

The Belt and Road Initiative is a vastly ambitious project to upgrade transport infrastructure across south east Asia, south Asia, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe to facilitate the flow of Chinese trade. Euromoney and Asiamoney go behind the big headline numbers – $900 billion of investment, across up to 65 countries accounting for two thirds of the world’s population – to uncover what’s already happening on the ground, who the key drivers are and what the true potential is.

Euromoney and Asiamoney report in unrivalled depth on the experience so far and the expectations of the principal actors: Chinese providers of state capital, multilateral lenders, state banks, non-Chinese private banks, capital markets participants and project sponsors. The key to delivering the extraordinary vision of Belt and Road will be mobilizing all these sources of funding, harnessing risk sharing by state-backed institutions to release profit-seeking private capital all along its vast route.

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Making sense of Belt and Road – What it means for banks

Making sense of Belt and Road – What it means for banks

September 26, 2017
By CHRIS WRIGHT

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is so vast and ambitious it can be difficult to understand how it will all work in practice – what makes a BRI undertaking, how will they be funded, will they be trophy projects or on commercial terms, how are they originated? – so Euromoney spoke to 16 institutions all looking at BRI from their own different perspectives.

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Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q3 2019

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q3 2019

November 26, 2019

The Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI) combines International Monetary Fund (IMF) GDP figures with investment climate (IC) scores sourced from economists and political experts who ranked countries on the Euromoney Country Risk platform.

The banks that (almost) define BRI

The banks that (almost) define BRI

October 04, 2019

The Belt and Road Initiative began as a bold plan focused mainly on infrastructure investment, and while construction may still be the policy focus, banks are using BRI as a catch-all for a growing set of cross-border business opportunities.

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q2 2019

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q2 2019

July 22, 2019

The Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI) combines International Monetary Fund (IMF) GDP figures with investment climate (IC) scores sourced from economists and political experts who ranked countries on the Euromoney Country Risk platform.

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q1 2019

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q1 2019

May 30, 2019

The Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI) combines International Monetary Fund (IMF) GDP figures with investment climate (IC) scores sourced from economists and political experts who ranked countries on the Euromoney Country Risk platform.

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q4 2018

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q4 2018

April 16, 2019

The Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI) combines International Monetary Fund (IMF) GDP figures with investment climate (IC) scores sourced from economists and political experts who ranked countries on the Euromoney Country Risk platform.

The Middle East’s best banks for Asia 2019

The Middle East’s best banks for Asia 2019

March 25, 2019

Asia’s importance in global trade, helped by China’s ideas, innovation and growth and allied to the Middle East’s drive to improve living standards and diversify should profit every regional bank.

ICBC: Braced for the trade war

ICBC: Braced for the trade war

January 08, 2019

Numbers are solid and money is flowing into the system, but ICBC must avoid the temptation to drift from its conservative approach to risk.

Belt and Road: Montenegro takes the high road

Belt and Road: Montenegro takes the high road

January 08, 2019

In 2018, Montenegro was named as one of the countries most at risk from over-indebtedness to China for the €809 million Bar-Boljare highway, dubbed a ‘road to nowhere’, but in Podgorica, enthusiasm for the project is still running high.

Sri Lanka questions reliance on China

Sri Lanka questions reliance on China

January 07, 2019

When Sri Lanka, a key link in the Belt and Road Initiative, sold China a deep-water port in exchange for debt alleviation, it raised eyebrows around the world – yet Colombo continues to borrow from Beijing even as its fiscal situation worsens.

The Belt and Road backlash

The Belt and Road backlash

January 07, 2019

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is trumpeted as a ‘win-win’ for all, but is it everything it’s cracked up to be? Or are countries on its route, wary of Beijing’s motives and fearful of being trapped by debt to China’s big development banks, losing faith in the plan?

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q3 2018

Euromoney Belt and Road Results Index: Q3 2018

October 16, 2018

The Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI) combines International Monetary Fund (IMF) GDP figures with investment climate (IC) scores sourced from economists and political experts who ranked countries on the Euromoney Country Risk platform.

New Silk Road: Realizing China

New Silk Road: Realizing China's dream

September 27, 2018

The country is famously extending its reach across the Eurasian continent, building infrastructure and more for the benefit of itself and the countries the Silk Road passes through.