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EU perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative

Chaired by Dr Ying Zhang, and part of a series of public roundtable discussions organised by the New Silk Road Group, this event will explore EU perspectives on the role of The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The aim of this public roundtable is to bring together researchers, companies and government officials to discuss how the EU should position itself with regard to the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in the MENA region. Moderated by Dr Ying Zhang, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chinese Economy and Business at RSM, the discussion will include examining the short- as well as long-term prospects of the BRI and their relevance to the three regions.

In short:

2nd of a series of public roundtable discussions about the EU perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative

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13:30 Opening and welcome by the chair: Zhang Ying (RSM)

13:40-13:50 Round of introductions by panel members

13:50-14:00 Introduction: MENA Region in the New SilK Roads By Mohammadbagher Forough (Leiden University)

14:00-14:40 Statements by the panelists

Questions to be addressed by the panelists:

  • What new geoeconomic dynamics are taking place in the MENA region in the context of BRI?

  • What are the geopolitical consequences of this new geoeconomics?

  • What are the EU’s perspectives (opportunities and concerns) with regard to BRI investments in the MENA region?

  • What are Chinese perspectives on the MENA region?

  • What role can individual EU countries (such as the Netherlands) play in this new Eurasian dynamics in the MENA region?

14:14-15:00 Q&A with the audience

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-16:30 Debate on the questions

16:30 End of program