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    Iran Expanding National Railway & Highway Networks

    Huge drive to expand INSTC road and rail connectivity  Kheirollah Khademi, the Iranian Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development, and CEO of Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructure Company (CDTIC) has said that up to 561 km of new railway lines are expected to be launched in Iran by the end of the current[…..]

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    Putin, Xi, Discuss Strategic Cooperation For 2023

    Video-call on December 30 discussed global geopolitics, trade and security One of the more fascinating relations to have developed over 2022 is that between Moscow and Beijing, with Presidents Putin and Xi in regular communication over issues such as global geopolitics, trade, and security. The discussions held via video link last Friday (December 30) were[…..]

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    China’s Belt & Road And Beyond – January 02 2023

    All the latest international news, analysis and opinion from the BRI Compiled By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Analysis & Opinion China Appoints New Foreign Minister (China Briefing) Russia’s Medvedev Meets With China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing (Russia Briefing) China to Significantly Relax Its Travel Restrictions Starting January 8, 2023 (China Briefing) China’s Policymakers Set Sights on Growth[…..]

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    Turkmenistan Preparing Legislation For Establishment Of Free Economic Zones

    By Chris Devonshire-Ellis   Turkmenistan Ministers have begun to develop a state program for the creation of Free Economic Zones (FEZ), with Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Hojamyrat Geldimyradov discussing the concept with President Serdar Berdimuhamedov during a Turkmen government meeting this week.

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    Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan 2022 Bilateral Trade Up 12.7%

    The trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan increased by 12.7% from January through to November 2022, amounting to US$858.6 million, according to the Uzbek State Statistics Committee.

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    Bangladesh’s BRI Tunnel Unites Dhaka With Chittagong And Cox’s Bazaar

    First South Asian Under-River Tunnel Will Significantly Assist Regional Trade & Bangladesh’s Export Manufacturing Capabilities   The Chinese built and BRI funded Karnaphuli Tunnel has opened and is the first under-river road tunnel in South Asia.  It is expected to improve the Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway network and improve traffic for a catchment area of about 34[…..]

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    Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Discussing Trans-Uzbek-Afghan Railway Routes To Arabian Sea

    Serik Zhumangarin, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Trade & Integration has met with Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Prime Minister to discuss participation in the construction of the Trans-Afghan railroad.

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    China’s Belt & Road And Beyond – December 26 2022

    All the latest international news, analysis and opinion from the BRI Compiled By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Analysis & Opinion China’s Economy in 2022: A Tumultuous Year Ending with an Optimistic Outlook (China Briefing) Managing Your China Manufacturing & Supply Chains During COVID Outbreaks (China Briefing) The RCEP Free Trade Agreement: A Key Factor In BRI Regional[…..]

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    Christmas Dinners Along the Old Silk Road

    Recipes and Traditions from the Three Wise Men, who came from the East   By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  It is the Christmas season, and as the Three Wise Men came from the East, we look at Christmas along the ancient and modern Silk Road and how people along it will be celebrating – or not –[…..]

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    The RCEP Free Trade Agreement A Key Factor In BRI Growth & Development

    FTA accounts for US$12.7 trillion – over 25% of global trade in goods and services  The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are contributors to regional and global economic recovery efforts, academics speaking at the 17th annual international conference on “New World Order: Competition, Integration and Multipolarity”, at the Institute[…..]

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