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Looking back, looking forward: Global South perspectives on the BRI

Time (GMT +02) 16:30 18:00
Image credit:Christian Lue / Unsplash
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Please note: this is a hybrid event taking place between 16:30-18:00 CET at ODI Europe (Silversquare, 35 Square de Meeus, Brussels, Belgium) and online.


Since its launch a decade ago, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has generated both optimism and controversy over its impacts, the potential for infrastructure development, and China’s presence in the Global South. Ahead of the third Belt and Road Forum taking place in October 2023, ODI Europe is holding a panel event to convene experts from Europe and BRI partner countries working in research and policy to critically reflect on the past ten years of the initiative – its evolution, impacts, challenges and controversies – and on its potential future.

What development risks – and opportunities – has the BRI provided in the Global South? How has the global development landscape changed in response to the BRI? What will the next phase look like, and how will it intersect with new platforms such as the Global Development Initiative? The discussion will be preceded by a presentation on current ODI work, including new research on Chinese risk finance in the BRI.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception for guests and speakers.


  • Dora Meredith, Director of ODI Europe

    Dora Meredith

    Director, ODI Europe (Moderator)

  • Grace Asirwatham

    H.E. Grace Asirwatham

    Sri Lankan Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union (Panellist)

  • Linda Calabrese

    Linda Calabrese

    Research Fellow, ODI (Panellist)

  • Yunnan Chen

    Yunnan Chen

    Research Fellow, ODI (Panellist)

  • Lin Goethals

    Lin Goethals

    Director, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) (Panellist)

  • Bitange Ndemo

    H.E. Bitange Ndemo

    Kenyan Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union (Panellist)

Plus more speakers to be confirmed.