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    Carrefour To Open First Central Asian Stores In Uzbekistan

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Central Asia Allure Starts To Appeal To Investors After Years Of Neglect  The French retailer Carrefour will open its first stores in Uzbekistan next year, an important marker of just how far the Uzbek economy has come in recent years. The retailer is partnering with Dubai-based Majid Al Futtaim, which owns shopping malls[…..]

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    How Foreign Investors Can Benefit From China’s Belt And Road Initiative In Africa

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Pan-Africa Free Trade And Industrial Parks Herald A New Era For Africa Manufacturing Capacity  Speaking on the influential “Rethinking The Dollar” program last week, one of the final questions was about Africa – how did I feel it would compete in global supply chains and become part of China’s Belt &[…..]

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    India Pulls Out Of Pan-Asia RCEP Free Trade Agreement

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis  RCEP 15 Deal Expected To Be Signed Next Month  India has pulled out of the long-negotiated Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a proposed free trade deal that has long been championed by China. The United States had also agreed to sign off but pulled out when President Trump took office. The agreement[…..]

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    Silk Road Development Weekly – November 4, 2019

    Compiled By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Analysis & Opinion Belt & Road Initiative: Why China Pursues It (Eurasia Review) China Adjusts To The New World Order (The Asset) The Belt & Road Initiative Ad X Jinping’s Foreign And Domestic Policy Agenda (Asia Dialogue) China May Be More Assertive But Is It Ready To Lead? (Eurasia Review) BRI[…..]

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    Chris Devonshire-Ellis Discusses Belt and Road Initiative And Implications For US & Global Trade On Rethinking The Dollar

    Rethinking The Dollar, a highly regarded website and media channel aiming at “Monetary Education For Millennials” have interviewed Chris Devonshire-Ellis, the Founding Partner of Dezan Shira & Associates and noted Silk Road academic. In the 45 minute discussion, Chris explains the political and trade aspects of the Belt & Road, the purpose of the Silk[…..]

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    Russia Invites Albania, North Macedonia To Join Eurasian Economic Union

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis  Eurasian Economic Union Competing With European Union For Members   Ten days ago, in the article A Comparison Of Countries In The Eurasian Economic Union With Those Who Aren’t I mentioned that both Albania and North Macedonia had been rebuffed by the European Union as regards their proposed membership negotiations.

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    China’s Overseas Free Trade Zones & Industrial Parks

    China tax incentives are being exported across Eurasia and Africa Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis A little-noticed aspect of China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been the trend of Chinese companies to export their own Free Trade and Special Economic Zones in order to stimulate production overseas. China’s development of the various types of Free Trade[…..]

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    Kazakhstan Opens Worlds First Nuclear Fuel Bank

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took delivery of a shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan today, officially establishing the IAEA LEU Bank aimed at providing assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel. Owned by the IAEA and hosted by Kazakhstan, the IAEA LEU Bank is one[…..]

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    Silk Road Development Weekly – October 28, 2019

    Compiled By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Analysis & Opinion The Asia Society “Navigating The Belt & Road” Report (Silk Road Briefing) Newt Gingrich – China Threat Is Real (Fox News) Who Dares Wins? (BBC)

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    The Asia Society “Navigating The Belt And Road” Report

    The Asia Society Policy Initiative has just published its report on China’s Belt & Road Initiative. Written by Daniel R. Russel and Blake Berger,  the report commences with the following introduction:

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