Workshop on Assessing the Potential Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on Sustainable Development Goals in Asian Economies
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) launched by the Government of China is a lending programme of unprecedented scale under which ports, roads, railway lines, airports, power grids are to be built across the length and breadth of Asia. In many respects, the programme has set governments of the region dreaming of an infrastructure boon and easy access to badly needed investment resources. Undeniably, BRI could accelerate the implementation of infrastructure projects, create a new basis for the emergence of international economic corridors and play a catalytic role in fostering a shared vision of development.
Cast against the backdrop of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, BRI can also create a new development dynamic that will facilitate the emergence of policies aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Yet, being at different stages of development and facing specific socio-economic challenges, careful analyses of the macroeconomic, social and environmental impacts of BRI-led projects are required to ensure that policy makers in the participating countries gain the information that would yield the best policy advice and help them channel resources towards the most impactful projects.
With the above in mind, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) are organizing the above-mentioned workshop in Bangkok on 25-26 September 2019.