Five ways Belt and Road is taking shape

By Lan Shen SUMMARY China’s Belt and Road (B&R) initiative – the ambitious project to build infrastructure and expand trading relationships along a new Silk road – has made significant headway in the past four years, and is now well into the implementation stage. So far, 20 per cent of investment in B&R has been in power and 19 per cent in railways, followed by roads, pipelines and other transport. With China’s government prioritising B&R as a key initiative to help open up its economy, there are five trends that show B&R is taking off in a big way. Please cli…
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Asia’s bond market is flying high

By Henrik Raber SUMMARY Asia’s bond markets in general have had a buyout year so far. Asia ex Japan (AEJ) issuance is up 61 per cent compared to this time last year. While markets in the West slowed during the summer, Asia’s markets continue to buzz. Project bonds are a significant opportunity in Asia, given the region’s massive infrastructure funding needs in the next decade, and with China’s Belt and Road initiative fuelling more opportunities. Please click here to read the full article.
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Belt and Road and the UAE: a natural fit

By Mohamed Salama SUMMARY China’s global economic ambitions rest, at least in part, on the success of its Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, which aims to elevate the country’s role in global trade by, among other things, establishing new trade links and investing heavily in other countries’ infrastructure networks. Among those 60 nations, China needs partnerships with established financial, logistics and commerce-friendly hubs that can facilitate trade. Various metrics suggest the UAE could be become a major hub within the broader B&R and RMB framework. Please click her…
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The Opportunities for International Banks

By José Viñals, Chairman of Standard Chartered Ever since the global financial crisis, international banks have been operating in a challenging environment. We have experienced a decade of lower economic growth, subdued world trade, low interest rates, stricter regulation and increasing competition including from the new fintech sector. Recent political controversies about globalisation and a rise in protectionist rhetoric – especially in the West - have further complicated the situation. Yet we should not let the existence of such challenges obscure when things are changing in…
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One Belt, One Road – Navigating New Opportunities

The Belt-and-Road initiative provides a visionary blueprint for global economic development in the new world order. New project opportunities for businesses will require comprehensive treasury services and trade financing support spanning multiple regions and currencies, including the Renminbi (RMB). Newer, Bigger and Better? The Belt-and-Road initiative has been steadily gaining momentum since first announced by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. Against the backdrop of rising protectionist and disintegration trends in the US and Europe, the grand plan presents a global…
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