9:30—11:00 AM
Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW
- Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Stitching Together the New Silk Road: How Governments and Institutions Can Make the Belt and Road Initiative a Success for Developing Countries


Zhu Guangyao, Vice Finance Minister, China

Shahid Mahmood, Secretary Finance, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs, Government of Pakistan

Kairat Kelimbetov, President, Astana International Finance Centre, Kazakhstan

Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President for Policy, Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank

Victoria Kwakwa, Vice President, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank

Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank

Wencai Zhang, Vice President, West, South and Central Asia, Asian Development Bank

Xian Zhu, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New Development Bank

Michael Ellam, Co-head of Public Sector, Global Banking, HSBC 

Harinder Kohli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Centennial Group

Yaroslav Lissovolik, Chief Economist, Eurasian Development Bank

Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University

Markus Rodlauer, Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund


Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 

Masood Ahmed, President, Center for Global Development

Marc Uzan, Executive Director, Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

China's Belt and Road Initiative aims to connect countries that account for 60 percent of the world's people and 30 percent of global GDP. How can we make sure it produces real and lasting benefits for developing countries that are involved? 

At this special mini-summit, co-hosted by CGD, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee, we will bring together global leaders, including governments, multilateral development finance institutions and private banks to identify and discuss practical considerations for BRI partners, as well as challenges and solutions. 

How can governments and international financial institutions ensure BRI is a sustainable success? How do we avoid the pitfalls of easy finance and uneconomic projects? What needs to change in business, finance and politics to make the new Silk Road a superhighway to success, and not a broken, bumpy ride?

Subscribe today to receive CGD’s latest newsletters and topic updates.