Op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist for Africa in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive

ChinAfrica - - Cover Story - By charles onunaiju

the Silk Road eco­nomic Belt and the 21stCen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, China’s twin global out­reach de­vel­op­ment par­a­digms, enun­ci­ated by Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in 2013 dur­ing his state vis­its to Kaza­khstan and In­done­sia, are up and run­ning.

Orig­i­nally de­signed as a Eurasian trans­port net­work and in­te­grated three-di­men­sional and in­ter­con­nected sys­tem that is com­posed of rail­ways, high­ways, avi­a­tion, nav­i­ga­tion, oil and gas pipe­lines, trans­mis­sion lines and com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works from which in­dus­trial clus­ters would emerge, it has be­come a glob­ally in­clu­sive frame­work.

The Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and the 21st-cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, bet­ter known col­lec­tively as the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, are to­day tak­ing shape as a trans-re­gional co­op­er­a­tion model con­nect­ing Asia, Africa and Europe’s poli­cies, trade, fa­cil­i­ties, funds and peo­ple in the 21st cen­tury. Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment Vi­sion and Ac­tions on Jointly Build­ing Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and 21st-cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, co-re­leased by China’s Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Min­istry of Com­merce in 2015, the joint con­struc­tion of the Belt and Road is “aimed at pro­mot­ing orderly and free flow of eco­nomic fac­tors, highly ef­fi­cient al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources and deep in­te­gra­tion of mar­kets, en­cour­ag­ing the coun­tries along the Belt and Road to achieve eco­nomic pol­icy co­or­di­na­tion and carry out broader and more in-depth re­gional co­op­er­a­tion of higher stan­dards, and jointly cre­at­ing an open, in­clu­sive and bal­anced re­gional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion ar­chi­tec­ture that ben­e­fits all.”

A China-made lo­co­mo­tive for Mom­basa-nairobi Stan­dard Gauge Rail­way line

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