Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence #62

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How Non-Member Nations Can Access the January 1 RCEP Free Trade Agreement Through the Back Door

20 countries, including Great Britain, Canada, India, the United States, and Turkey, can all tap into RCEP advantages by leveraging free trade agreements they already have in place with RCEP member nations.

China’s Negative List for Foreign Investment Access in FTZs (New Edition) 

The latest edition of the negative list for foreign investment in China’s free trade zones has been released. The new list cuts down the number of items restricted or prohibited to foreign investors from 30 to just 27, widening access to more industries and fields.

China Opens New Consulate in Bandar Abbas to Support Iranian Belt and Road

China’s decision to open its consulate in Bandar Abbas is a calculated move as it will be able to offer support to the many companies that the Chinese expect to establish in Makran as well as those already active in Chabahar Free Trade and Industrial Zone and Bandar Abbas, Iran’s most important southern sea transportation hub.

Armenia and Azerbaijan to Proceed Trans-Nakhchivan Railway with Links to Iran

The railway will finally connect Armenia with the BRI and INSTC.

Russia, Egypt Explore Closer Trade and Economic Ties

Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, visited in Moscow in October and met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. They discussed latest developments on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and efforts to reach a binding legal solution on filling and operating the dam.

Russia-Tajikistan Bilateral Trade Reached US$1.13 billion in 2021

Russian exports of agricultural produce to Tajikistan have more than doubled, from US$5 million in 2020 to US$10.5 million in 2021.

China’s Belt and Road and Beyond

All the latest New Year international headlines about the Belt & Road Initiative and its competitors.


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