Where Is the Silk Road Leading?
In and around Eurasia, a broad integration outline is forming, i.e. a comprehensive Eurasian partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union, China with its Silk Road Economic Belt initiative, India, Pakistan, Iran, South Korea and Japan, and other major players. The renovated and expanded Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) may play an important role in the development of a new community. Meanwhile, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTP) was signed, and the discussion on the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (CREP) initiative is going on.
Issues for Discussion
- What is the strategic potential of interfacing the major integration projects in Eurasia?
- Are separate integration processes competing or complementary?
- Will they result in the establishment of a free trade area or more in-depth integration forms in Eurasia and Asia Pacific?
- What global business projects can be implemented within such an outline?
- How can business development conditions change?
- What are the advantages the integration can create for companies?
Head, Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region Programme, Carnegie Moscow Center
Justin Yifu Lin
Director, Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University; Professor and Honorary Dean, National School of Development, Peking University; Chief Economist and Sr. Vice President, World Bank (2008-2012)
Acting Governor, Ivanovo Region
Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Member of the Board, Minister for Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission
Prime Minister of Kyrgyz Republic (2014-2015)
President, Center for International Public Policy Studies (CIPPS)
President, Astana International Financial Center; Chairman, National Bank of Kazakhstan (2013-2015)