Sino-MENA: The Digital Silk Road unfolds in MENA
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
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