Coronavirus outbreak may lead to heightened focus on sustainability in China's Belt and Road Initiatives in Africa, reports says

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1 April 2020

Coronavirus outbreak may lead to heightened focus on sustainability in China's Belt and Road Initiatives in Africa, reports says

Author: Modern Ghana

“The Impact Of COVID-19 On China’s Belt And Road Initiatives In Africa”, 1 April 2020

A new report by Economist Corporate Network, supported by Baker McKenzie and Silk Road Associates, BRI Beyond 2020 (report), shows that the ripple effects of COVID-19 are affecting the nature, pace and scope of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) activity in Africa, mostly for the short term.

The report also explains how the virus has led to an increased interest in digital programmes in BRI countries, as well as a heightened focus on sustainability, including workforce health…

… The report highlights that one key area of potential for the BRI is in projects focused on strengthening the health systems of low-income countries, even if focused on soft processes rather than hard infrastructure.

It points to Chinese tech companies such as Alibaba’s DingTalk, Tencent’s WeChat Work and Huawei’s WeLink potentially bidding for market share outside of China, especially in the BRI region. China’s MedTech sector may similarly find opportunities abroad. Online doctor consultation platforms have seen consultations soar in the past few months (Alibaba Health, Ping An Good Doctor) and similar technologies may work abroad if staffed by locals, given health sector shortfalls in many BRI countries…

… In recent years, there has been a notable shift in the pattern of China’s overseas direct investment in the region, with a repositioning of its focus from the mining sector to Africa’s construction, manufacturing and financial services sectors. These investments have been supporting Africa’s efforts to diversify its economy and reduce its over-reliance on natural resources for growth…

… If the BRI is to remain a major force in global infrastructure development after COVID-19, sustainability will have at the heart of its projects. According to the report, the definition of BRI sustainability is also by necessity growing to encompass a focus on protecting the health of those involved in BRI projects, including both workers and the wider local populations where projects are underway.

And as Africa reduces its over-dependence on natural resources for boosting economic growth, it also needs to ensure it develops other industries in a sustainable way. To this end, the report outlines how China and Africa have agreed to work together on improving Africa’s capacity for green, low-carbon and sustainable development, and to roll-out more than 50 projects during 2019-2021 on clean energy, wildlife protection, environment-friendly agriculture and low-carbon development…

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“新冠疫情在非洲对‘一带一路’倡议的影响”,2020年4月1日 

经济学人企业网络组织(Economist Corporate Network)在贝克·麦坚时律所(Baker McKenzie)和丝绸之路协会(Silk Road Associates)的支持下发表了一份题为《后2020的“一带一路”》的报告。该报告指出,新冠疫情正在影响中国“一带一路”倡议在非洲实施的性质、速度和范围,而且在短期内,这些影响会尤为突出。

报告还解释,加入“一带一路”倡议的非洲国家受新冠疫情影响将对数字化项目更感兴趣,同时也会更加注重项目的可持续性,如关注劳动力的健康……

……报告强调,“一带一路”项目可能会开始重视加强低收入国家的卫生系统;在基础硬件设施之外,关注软进展。

报告指出,中国的科技公司,如(开发钉钉平台的)阿里巴巴,(开发微信的)腾讯公司和(开发华为云平台的)华为公司都在争夺中国以外的市场,特别是争夺“一带一路”国家的市场。中国的医疗技术产业也会在海外寻求市场。在过去数月中,线上医疗咨询平台(如阿里健康和平安好医生)的业务激增。鉴于很多“一带一路”国家的公共医疗卫生系统比较落后,配备当地雇员的类似平台能在海外寻得市场……

……近年来,中国在非洲的直接投资发生了显著的变化,投资重点从矿业向建筑、制造和金融服务业转移。这些投资被用于支持非洲实现经济多元化,降低发展对自然资源的过度依赖……

……如果“一带一路”倡议在新冠疫情结束后仍然大力支持全球基础设施的发展,可持续性将成为相关项目的核心内容。报告指出,“一带一路”倡议可持续性的定义需要重视保护项目涉及的各方的健康,包括工人和项目实施地周围居民的 健康。

鉴于非洲在降低经济发展对自然资源的过度依赖,以可持续的方式发展其他产业势在必行。为此,报告描述了中非双方就共同提升非洲实现绿色、低碳和可持续发展能力达成一致的过程,并列出了2019-2021年规划的50多个相关项目,分别涉及清洁能源、野生动物保护、环境友好型农业和低碳发展等内容……

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“新冠疫情在非洲對'一帶一路'倡議的影響”,2020年4月1日

經濟學人企業網絡組織(Economist Corporate Network)在貝克·麥堅時律所(Baker McKenzie)和絲綢之路協會(Silk Road Associates)的支持下發表了一份題為《後2020的“一帶一路” 》的報告。該報告指出,新冠疫情正在影響中國“一帶一路”倡議在非洲實施的性質、速度和範圍,而且在短期內,這些影響會尤為突出。

報告還解釋,加入“一帶一路”倡議的非洲國家受新冠疫情影響將對數字化項目更感興趣,同時也會更加註重項目的可持續性,如關注勞動力的健康……

……報告強調,“一帶一路”項目可能會開始重視加強低收入國家的衛生系統;在基礎硬件設施之外,關注軟進展。

報告指出,中國的科技公司,如(開發釘釘平台的)阿里巴巴,(開發微信的)騰訊公司和(開發華為雲平台的)華為公司都在爭奪中國以外的市場,特別是爭奪“一帶一路”國家的市場。中國的醫療技術產業也會在海外尋求市場。在過去數月中,線上醫療諮詢平台(如阿里健康和平安好醫生)的業務激增。鑑於很多“一帶一路”國家的公共醫療衛生系統比較落後,配備當地僱員的類似平台能在海外尋得市場……

……近年來,中國在非洲的直接投資發生了顯著的變化,投資重點從礦業向建築、製造和金融服務業轉移。這些投資被用於支持非洲實現經濟多元化,降低發展對自然資源的過度依賴……

……如果“一帶一路”倡議在新冠疫情結束後仍然大力支持全球基礎設施的發展,可持續性將成為相關項目的核心內容。報告指出,“一帶一路”倡議可持續性的定義需要重視保護項目涉及的各方的健康,包括工人和項目實施地周圍居民的健康。

鑑於非洲在降低經濟發展對自然資源的過度依賴,以可持續的方式發展其他產業勢在必行。為此,報告描述了中非雙方就共同提升非洲實現綠色、低碳和可持續發展能力達成一致的過程,並列出了2019-2021年規劃的50多個相關項目,分別涉及清潔能源、野生動物保護、環境友好型農業和低碳發展等內容……

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