Is the new silk road project destined to be successful?
The December 2017 issue of Infrastructure Channel looks at how this ambitious $1 trillion project may revolutionize the world’s map, potentially turning maritime trading nations such as Britain, Japan and the United States into peripheral players and Eurasia into a prosperous infrastructurally-united land mass housing 4.5 billion people in 65 countries. At two conditions…
First: that it combines infrastructure and other investments with policy interventions that aim to support the income and employment of rural livelihoods along the main trade routes, writes Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director-General (Programmes) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The connections between urban centres with their surrounding areas will be key.
And second: that it achieves critical mass and plays down geopolitical fears of rampant China, reports former Rome correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Christopher Emsden, who collects the views of Michel Korinman, professor of geopolitics at the Sorbonne in Paris, and other experts.
In the third and last contribution, International Marketing and Public Affairs expert Patrizia Marin presents an historical and romantic portrait of the people and events which shaped the Silk Road from the point of of view of a Venitian.