CPCS Principal Mr. Henry des Longchamps attended the BRICA Istanbul Summit from 18-19 October, 2018. The Belt & Road Industrial and Commercial Alliance (BRICA) is a multilateral cooperation mechanism established by China’s leading national industrial association aimed at advancing the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI is a development and infrastructure strategy which seeks to enhance regional cooperation and connectivity along the ancient silk road, a multi-modal transport route connecting East Asia with Europe.
The BRI has strong linkages to an ongoing CPCS study with the World Bank, which is being implemented under the leadership of Henry des Longchamps. The project involves assessing the performance of the Trans-Caucasus Transit Corridor (CTC), a multi-modal transport network in Azerbaijan and Georgia connecting the Caspian Sea with the Black Sea, Turkey and onwards to the EU. As part of this study CPCS is recommending measures for improving the performance of the multimodal transport network, including identifying strategic actions to alleviate key physical and non-physical barriers which affect the competitiveness of the route. More details on this project can be found here and by contacting CPCS. The Key Experts from CPCS involved in this study include Henry des Longchamps (Team Leader), Aleksandr Prodan (Transport Economist), Hichame Selmaoui (Project Director), Natalie Wiseman (GIS Expert & Transport Modeller) and Andrew Bouffard (Project Manager & Institutional Specialist).*
As part of his involvement in the summit, Henry was a key participant at a panel session on Transportation & Logistics. Topics of discussion included the transportation and logistics networks within Belt & Road, opportunities and challenges for logistics arising from BRI, and barriers currently impacting the performance of multi-modal corridors within BRI regions.
Following the panel sessions, Henry was interviewed to discuss the importance of BRI in linking two of the world’s largest groups of economies, the role that the BRI can play in growing the economies situated along main transport routes, and some of the key projects that can be expected as part of BRI.