Sino-MENA: The Digital Silk Road unfolds in MENA

Regional Views
Digital silk road

Although various elements of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have come under stress during the past year, the Sino-MENA axis appears to be holding strong. This week, we explore how China’s strategic regional investments shifted beyond traditional sectors, focusing on: 

  • How the MENA region’s thriving start-up environment complements Beijing’s Digital Silk Road (DSR) initiative to a high degree. 
  • How Israel’s digital ecosystem has grown increasingly attractive to Chinese investors, particularly following the signing of the Abraham accords. 
  • The emergence of high-tech sectors as a frontier for business opportunities, with policies such as ‘Made in China 2025’ expected to galvanise future investment relations.


Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist

Norah Song, Chen-Che Hsu, Analysts

The Regional Views series are thematic papers aimed at identifying and analysing factors behind medium to long-term economic trends shaping the region. Our analysis draws conclusions that help businesses and investors get ahead of the curve. As a firm staffed by Middle Easterners, we focus on insight rather than standard analysis.

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