Feb 24
9:00 am - 11:00 am
CCPL - Belt and Road Initiative in Africa Conference (24 Feb (Wednesday) till 26 Feb (Friday) 2021)

Belt and Road Initiative in Africa Conference


24th February (Wednesday) to 26th February (Friday) 2021

Zoom Webinar


In 2013, President Xi Jinping launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aimed to integrate China’s global strategies of promoting infrastructure-led development, trade, finance, policy, and people-to-people connectivity. Boosted by China’s global initiatives such as the BRI, the country has become the fastest-growing investor in Africa. From 2003 to 2018, the annual flow of China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa surged from $75 million to $5.4 billion, and the stock value of Chinese FDI increased from $491 million to $46 billion. To what extent has the BRI promoted sustainable development in Africa by dealing with the tremendous differences in financial and legal systems in China and African countries? The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a variety of new challenges, such as the decline of commodity prices and economic downturns. How have the BRI and the pandemic impacted the debt profile of resource-producing countries in Africa? This conference brings together leading scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from the fields of law, political economy, and sociology to explore these issues. Speakers will address them from the perspectives of debt sustainability, transparent governance, and dispute resolution.


Panel 1:  Debt Sustainability

(24th February 2021  09:00 AM – 11:00 AM HKT)


Welcome Remarks:

Prof. Victor Ramraj (Director, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, Canada)

Prof. Po Jen Yap (Director, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, HKU)


Keynote Address:   

Prof. Deborah Brautigam (Director, China-Africa Research Initiative, John Hopkins University) 


  • Ching Kwan Lee (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) 
  • Deborah Brautigam (Johns Hopkins University) 
  • Stephen Harder (New York University Shanghai) 
  • Gu Bin (Beijing Foreign Studies University)


Panel 2:  Transparency and Good Governance

(25th February 2021  09:30 AM – 11:00 AM HKT)


  • Muna Ndulo (Cornell University)  
  • Larry C. Backer (The Pennsylvania State University) 
  • Bady Baldé (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Norway) 
  • Yves Tiberghien (University of British Columbia)
  • Ngozi S. Nwoko (University of Victoria, Canada) 


Panel 3:  Dispute Resolution

(26th February 2021  09:30 AM – 11:15AM HKT)


  • William P. Alford (Harvard University) 
  • Mariel Dimsey (CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP) 
  • Heng Wang (University of New South Wales) 
  • Won Kidane (Seattle University) 
  • Weixia Gu (The University of Hong Kong) 


Closing Remarks:

Dr. Ying Xia (Co-convener of BRI Conference, HKU)


This webinar will be held via Zoom Meeting.

For Registration, please click HERE

For inquiries, please email Winnie Law at


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