Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence #63

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There’s been plenty of trade diplomacy going on in emerging markets in Africa, Central, and South Asia this week.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi Visits Eritrea, Kenya, and Comoros: Report and Analysis

The tour marks the custom that the Chinese foreign minister’s first overseas trip of the new year is always to Africa, a tradition that is now in its 32nd year. It also comes less than five weeks after Wang’s last trip to the continent, when he led the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference in Senegal and also made a quick stop in Ethiopia.

Morocco Upgrades China’s Belt and Road Initiative Financing and Investment Agreements

Morocco’s access to AfCFTA means Chinese export manufacturing in the country will boom.

Iran Gives Go-Ahead for Ardebil Free Trade Zone on Border with Azerbaijan

Opportunities for opening to consumer markets in Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Russia.

Bangladesh Makes Formal Application to Join Eurasian Economic Union

Bangladesh is a member of the SAARC and BIMSTEC trade blocs and offers significant opportunities for Russian and EAEU investors.

Kazakhstan Begins Chairmanship of the Commonwealth of Independent States

Intra-regional trade increased 28.3% in 2021 with a free trade services agreement in the pipeline for 2022.

Russia, Mongolia to Boost Trade and Economic Ties

2021 bilateral trade grew by 24%.

China’s Belt and Road and Beyond

All the latest international headlines, analysis, and opinions about the Belt & Road Initiative.

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