Silk Road reflects “Kuwait’s 2030” vision for global trade future
Kuwait : The initiative of the Silk Road Economic, Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is a long term opportunity to achieve economic posterity in the world’s countries, mainly the Arab ones. This initiative is in line with the visions of His highness the Amir Shehikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-jaber Al-Sabah aiming to transform Kuwait into a global commercial hub by 2030, and also to establish the “Silk City” project launched in 2006.
This embodies new horizons and wider ambitions to review the historic Silk Road.
The initiative of the Belt and Road includes two sectors; first the Silk Road Economic Belt which links China with Europe via Central and Western Asia, and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road which extends from south of China to southeast to Asia and Africa.
The Belt links more than 60 countries with expected investments ranging-between USD 4 and 8 trillion, and serves 4.4 billion people, making up 63 percent of the world’s total population.
Trade amongst countries along the Belt and Road is expected to hit USD 10 trillion in the five upcoming years. According to figures issued by Chinese government, China has invested about USD 50 billion in countries along the Belt and the Road since 2013.
The state of Kuwait will take a part in this Road with several development projects, which materialize the “Kuwait’s 2030” vision.
The Silk City project, a world’s largest one, includes the Jaber bridge, which links strategically Kuwait to the northern region.
The city’s project, which accommodates up to 700,000 people, contains the establishment of a 1001 meter tower which is the world’s height one. Investments of the projects, are expected to hit USD 100 billion. The Jaber bridge a functional fourth longest one in the world constitutes a key factor in developing and setting up the free Economic Zone in northern Kuwait where five islands are expected to establish ear Iran’s and Iraq’s beaches. The project of setting up the ice islands includes the establishment of Mubarak Al-Kabeer port, which will help the country be open to the world commercially, and serves Kuwait’s interests with Iraq and Iran. The Port will be a key pivotal of regional transport linking the earth to sea via several means of transportation’s like high ways and railways.
Such projects will contribute greatly to achieving partnership between both public and private sectors to materialize the vision of His Highness the Amir.
The State fo Kuwait has deep rooted relationships with China for a long time, their diplomatic ties have been established since 1971. And Kuwait was the first country that signed a document of cooperation in taking part in the initiative of reviving the Silk Road since 2013.
In 1982, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development contributed, for the first time to financing 37 projects in China estimated at KD 380.
In 2015, China’s total exports to Kuwait hit USD 5 billion, while its imports from this Gulf country reached USD 807 million, according to specialized statistic in 2015.
Last year , China announced during a conference that it would allocate, in collaboration with Arab countries special loans estimated at USD 15 billion and commercial loans worth USD 20 billion for Middle East countries in addition to establishing two funds with Qatar and UAE for joint investments worth USD 20 billion
Statistic by China’s ministry of commerce total imports and exports volume between China and countries along the Belt and Road reached about USD 914 billion in 2016.
At the beginning of this year, China’s non- financial direct investments a rise of 1.2 percent compared with 2016.
China has built so far 56 trade and economic co operation zones with more than 20 countries along the Belt and Road. Accumulated investment of these zones exceeded USD 18.5 billion.
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in Beijing in May, with the participation of heads of States, premiers, ministers and academics from more than 80 countries. the State of Kuwait will participate in this event with high profile delegation headed by Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al- Ahamad Al- Sabah.
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