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Being a non-profit organisation, the focus of BRI-GERMANY is to initiate interpersonal, interdisciplinary and intercultural synergies between individuals, businesses, modern organizations, academia and those associations seeking to create positive impact through mutual exchange and collaboration along the BRI.
Given the economic relevance of the two powerhouses for international trade and prosperity in Europe and Asia, the main focus is per se on Sino-German exchange. Nevertheless, BRI-GERMANY supports any momentum that carries the potential to enhance economic prosperity, social and cultural exchange in an interconnected world. Hence, there is no limitation to it.
BRI-GERMANY strives to…
The DNA: Curious. Modern. Active.
Curious: to identify and combine different strengths and traits
Modern: to get from a focus on differences to a focus on similarities
Active: to establish motivating, constructive and positive relationships
We believe that the “Neue Seidenstraße / Belt & Road Initiative” takes an important role, serving as a stepping stone to build networks, to link talents with institutions and to create specific momentum for the sustainable advancement of all contributing parties. Although initiated and supported by China, most project opportunities arise outside its borders for joint development with foreign partners like Germany.
We believe that Germany’s high-tech industry and its leading role in the European Union is key to support economic prosperity and mutual exchange along the trade corridors of the Belt & Road Initiative. Among others, advanced sectors like Automotive, Healthcare, Medical and Environmental Engineering are key technologies which will contribute and benefit from the Belt & Road Initiative.
We believe in the power of strong relationships and we believe that people add new perspectives to their perceptions through practical experience. We therefore encourage personal exchange between people and representatives of independent bodies, countries and like-minded institutions.
We believe in the idea of “MUC” – MEET, UNDERSTAND, CREATE. Strangers meet and get familiar during a personal exchange, they understand each other’s intentions, they share and create new ideas, projects, business opportunities, partnerships, collaborations, platforms as well as cultural awareness.
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The BRI is a major driver of global project activity. Roads, railways, ports and other infrastructure are realized to connect Asia, Africa and Europe. Its immense scale presents a unique set of opportunities for all participating and contributing parties. The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) supports BRI projects in financial terms. As a multilateral institution, the AIIB is owned by a membership of 126 countries. Germany is invested with US$ 4.5 billion (total capital stock of US$ 100 billion), which makes it the fourth largest stakeholder after China, India and Russia, and the biggest non-regional shareholder. Since January 2016, the bank has committed US$ 5.4 billion to 31 projects.
Beyond many high-level discussions, BRI is up and running with concrete projects either accomplished or underway. For instance, COSCO’s investment in the Port of Piraeus (Greece) resulted in an increase from 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 3.7 million TEUs, a boost of over US$ 700 million for the Greek economy, adding 10,000 jobs. Moreover, the Budapest–Belgrade railway connecting the capital cities of Hungary and Serbia - with US$ 2.89 billion and 350 km high-speed rail lines, is part of the Budapest–Belgrade–Skopje–Athens railway link in Central and Southeast Europe, interconnecting the Piraeus port in Greece with the "heart" of Europe. For an overview of several other BRI projects, please click here.
Formerly known and introduced as “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) by PRC President Xi Jinping in 2013, the “Belt & Road Initiative” (BRI) aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa along several economic cooperation corridors and crucial maritime ports. Its original term reflects the overland ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the ‘21st-Century Maritime Silk Road’, the two major corridors linking Europe with China through countries across Eurasia and the Indian Ocean. In many publications and media coverage, the BRI is also referred to as the “New Silk Road” / “Neue Seidenstraße”. Even Africa and Oceania are part of the BRI, hence, the mainly used term of “Belt & Road Initiative” allows a wider interpretation of several trade corridors (see BRI Map) and emphasizes the following key areas of cooperation:
In Europe, the so called “Investment Plan for Europe” or “Junker Plan” - an initiative by the EU to remove bottlenecks to investment in Europe - has been discussed to be integrated and linked with the BRI. Both initiatives aim to foster easier economic trade & investment opportunities. However, the “Investment Plan for Europe” focuses mainly on developing the European Single Market, whereas BRI’s sphere of influence becomes more and more relevant for Europe’s foreign trade relations with strong partners along the “Neue Seidenstraße”.
The BRI is posing important opportunities for Germany's high-tech industry. The potential to contribute and capitalize on its innovation power - alongside existing and new technologies - is huge and spans into a gigantic economic zone between Asia and Europe.
“China’s Belt and Road Initiative has triggered the impulse for modernization in the areas far beyond Asia.”
CEO, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce
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